An Autumnal Walk Around Yerrabi Pond

This review focuses on a walk around Yerrabi Pond, in the northwestern part of Canberra.

When a capital city for Australia was being selected back in the early 1900s one of the key selection criteria was the availability of a year round water supply. The resultant border for the Australian Capital Territory (a significant part of which is taken up by the city of Canberra) was carefully selected and follows numerous ridges and hilltops to bring a sufficient water catchment area within the control of the then Commonwealth Government. Continue reading “An Autumnal Walk Around Yerrabi Pond”

Graffiti Art in the City

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While there are numerous examples of good graffiti art all over Canberra the majority would be time consuming for the visitor, with only a passing interest in the subject, to visit. There are currently (Sept 2016) 24 legal street art sites in Canberra, primarily road underpasses and spillways. Additionally there are a number more formal and more professional mural sites. Continue reading “Graffiti Art in the City”

The Oldest Colonial Graffiti in Australia

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While a little hard to decipher, especially from my photos, three sets of initials (WB, FM and IR) and the year 1788 engraved on sandstone rocks on the hilly and wooded northern part of Garden Island are thought to be genuine, dating back to 1788. This makes them the earliest known examples of graffiti in Colonial Australia and the oldest surviving evidence of British settlement on the continent. Continue reading “The Oldest Colonial Graffiti in Australia”