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It may not be an old city, but photos paint a rich history

Who says Canberra doesn't have a history?

True, an "old building" in Canberra usually dates back to, say, the 1960s. But lots of them, especially in the inner suburbs, are from, like, the 20s and 30s.

When you're used to a particular building in its particular surrounds, it's weird to see a photograph of it before it had any surrounds. 

And who doesn't love those old buildings nestled in the suburbs – like the Ainslie School, or the Kurrajong Hotel?

But when you're used to a particular building in its particular surrounds, it's weird to see a photograph of it before it had any surrounds.

William James Mildenhall was the government's "official photographer" while the city was being constructed, and was on hand to capture a lot of these buildings going up, and the people doing it.

They're all up on the MOAD website, as well as some modern versions of the same buildings. Check it out.

My personal favourite was the RSL Club in Manuka – the one that burnt down.

The Hyatt is also pretty special – I always feel grateful when I walk through the lobby that Canberra was created in time to take full advantage of Art Deco. Ditto the Manuka Pool, and, of course, the Film and Sound Archive.

You can also check out an interactive graphic showing how one house in Braddon has changed over the years.

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