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How the Canberra camel got its hump : the departmental board's plan, its origins and consequences

Reid, Paul


When the first peg was driven by King O’Malley on 20 February 1913 to start construction of Australia’s capital the work was based, not on the thoroughbred design of Griffin, but on a camel designed by a committee. This was the Board’s plan drawn up by David Miller, Percy Owen and Charles Scrivener assisted by George Oakshott, John Murdoch and Thomas Hill. It is comforting to think the camel was a short lived aberration but that is not the case.

CollectionsANU Urban Research Unit/Program
Date published: 1996
Type: Working/Technical Paper
DOI: 10.4225/13/590a5429bf8ac
Access Rights: Open Access


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