Looking back to a golden year

By Ian Warden
Updated April 18 2018 - 10:28pm, first published July 16 2012 - 3:00am

Today souvenirs and memorabilia of Canberra are cheap and kitschy (I've just been out shopping for them and have an amusing $9.95 Parliament House snowdome at my elbow as I write this) but there was once a Golden Age or at least a Golden Year of Canberra memorabilia. It was 1927, when manufacturers rose to the challenge and the opportunity of making things that commemorated the opening of Parliament House in Canberra. They made and we bought the souvenirs that will astonish you. The Canberra Museum and Gallery has Dawn Waterhouse's grand collection of them. Back to golden 1927 in a moment.