The kit is divided into four themed units and provides an exciting journey of investigation for students. It starts at a time before Canberra existed and works through to contemporary Canberra and the role it plays as our National Capital.
1. The Human Landscape
The Human Landscape dispels the myth that Canberra is a ‘new' place, a place without history. This unit explores the Canberra region before it was selected as the site for the National Capital. It also covers topics based on the early Aboriginal and European inhabitants of the area.
2. Creation of a Nation
Federation was not a foregone conclusion. Debate raged for many years as practical considerations and political idealism proved difficult to reconcile. Finally, in January 1901, the Australian colonies united to become a nation. This was an obvious turning point in the history of Canberra as it led to the creation of a National Capital.
This unit highlights the struggle for nationhood and the events that occurred at that time.
3. The Ideal City
The newly created Commonwealth Government pursued a vision to create a city that would be the finest capital in the world. In 1912 American architect Walter Burley Griffin won an international design competition to design our National Capital. This unit helps students to discover the process behind planning and building Australia's capital city, the planting of Canberra and the iconic Lake Burley Griffin.
4. On Behalf of the Nation
The National Capital is a place where Australia's elected federal representatives meet to make decisions that affect our lives, our nation and our future. This unit highlights the formal role of the National Capital for all Australians and the construction of (new) Parliament House.
A detailed timeline of the Prime Ministers of Australia is also included.