Canberra: Part of the Nation's Capital

A sketch view of Canberra as designed looking West from the early 20th century.

Join us at 12pm on Friday 12 March when Jack Waterford AM will deliver the 2021 Canberra Day Oration, Canberra: Part of the Nation's Capital, presented by the Canberra & District Historical Society.

From its foundation in 1953, the Canberra & District Historical Society has promoted the annual observance of Canberra Day on 12 March. In the years that followed, the Society celebrated Canberra Day in a variety of ways, including Pioneer Gatherings, exhibitions, essay competitions, orations and commemorations at the Commencement Stone.

In 2002 the Society re-introduced the Canberra Day Oration, with Professor Don Aitkin as the first orator. Since then the Canberra Day Oration has been an annual event, held on 12 March. 

This event is free to attend but bookings are essential.

About Jack Waterford AM

Jack Waterford AM is a former Editor-in-Chief of the Canberra Times, which he joined as a cadet in 1972. One of Canberra’s most enduring public figures, for nearly fifty years he has observed, critiqued and pontificated on issues national and local.

In 2007 he was named Canberra Citizen of the Year, being described by the then Chief Minister as a champion of many causes and a leading figure in his trade.

Further Listening

Re-visit Rosemary Follett AO's 2020 Canberra Day Oration.

Image at top: Valentine & Sons, 1910, Canberra the capital of Australia, sketch view looking west,

Type Talks / Lecture