Innovation and Change
in 1960s Canberra

February – 11 July 2010
Gallery 5

In the 1960s Canberra underwent a metamorphosis, from large country town to thriving national capital. A reinvigorated plan for Canberra saw Lake Burley Griffin and Scrivener Dam finally completed and the beginning of a decade-long boom in development for the region. Cutting-edge innovations in education, science and technology, town planning and architecture were supported by national and international migration to the city. Canberra's cultural life also continued to grow in this period with the development of new theatres and cinemas, venues for art exhibitions and art education as well as sophisticated restaurants and cafés. The culmination of these changes was a heightened sense of community, born from a renewed commitment to developing the city, both from the federal government and, more importantly, from the people who chose to call Canberra home.

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