It was a strange site and a very confused looking sheep on top of Red Hill pictured on the front page 57 years ago. Was it an alien structure? Some radio antenna apparatus?
No, it was steel framework for a 25,000 pound restaurant and kiosk on the peak, and the Times suggested the sheep viewed the development with some disgust.
It would be another year before the building was completely opened, but in February 1963, Canberrans could take in panoramic views of the city under brightly coloured umbrellas.
Elsewhere, The Canberra Times reported East German border guards had shot and apparently killed two refugees trying to swim to the western side of the River Spree.
About 150 West Berliners gathered on the river bank and chanted, "Murderers, murderers", while diplomatic moves to settle the crisis were intensified.
At home, Prime Minister Robert Menzies rejected a request to intervene in a Victorian death penalty case, telling the House of Representatives he was "reasonably occupied attending to Commonwealth problems without intervening in those of the states".
And Britain's chief Common Market negotiator reported talks for the country's entry were under way again with "good momentum". That kind of momentum appears lost on present efforts to remove Britain from the European Union.