Just when Canberra thought spring had sprung, along came the snow. 51 years ago, there was snow in several parts of Canberra, reported The Canberra Times.
Widespread snowfalls were recorded in the ACT, bringing lower than average temperatures to many districts and state capitals. There was hail in Reid, and snow on the steps of Parliament House.
High winds dashed waves over the wall skirting the lake near Blundell's College. There were light snow flurries in the city and several other suburbs.
The winter conditions caused several car accidents, including a four-car collision near the Australian War Memorial and a three-car collision on Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, both in the early hours of the day.
The regional director of the Bureau of Meteorology, Mr Daw, said that the air over the ACT came from over the Southern Ocean. "Its origin is so far to the south that the air is exceptionally cold and unstable, giving rise to falls of snow and hail in the suburbs" he said.