Centenary of Canberra celebrated by Australia Post

March 6th, 2013

The Australian nation is celebrating 100 years since the birth of the national capital, Canberra, and Australia Post is marking this historic occasion with the release of one domestic (60c) and one international-rate ($2.35) stamp.

Australia's Parliament House and the National Portrait Gallery are featured on the stamps with the original architectural plan for the city by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin incorporated into the stamp designs.

Canberra was selected as our nation's capital in 1908 with the official foundation ceremony occurring on 12 March 1913.

Officiating at the ceremony were the Prime Minister, Andrew Fisher; King O'Malley, Minister for Home Affairs; and the Governor-General, Lord Denman. Lady Denman stood upon the newly laid Foundation Stones and announced that the name of the new Australian capital would be Canberra.

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