The front page of The Canberra Times on this day in 1964 featured Canberra's future to 1990.
Photos show a model of the National Gallery suggested for Capital Hill and the capital of the future, complete with tower in the lake. Projected buildings included the new Parliament House, High Court, conference halls and national centre.
Work was in progress on the National Library and Commonwealth Avenue offices. A 60-page report, called The Future Canberra, prepared by the National Capital Development Commission, outlined the development of the National Capital for the following 25 years.
The report outlined major development for the Parliamentary Triangle. Three new districts were to be established at Belconnen, Majura and Woden. These districts would raise the population potentially to 400,000.
The report advocated retention and the extension of Canberra's land leasehold system "in the interests of orderly development and control over land".
Transport plans included the building of a new airport and a new railway station. Well landscaped, high speed expressways were also being planned capable of taking traffic flows of 100,000 vehicles daily.
A proposal of three-tier shopping - small groups of shops and service station in the suburbs being within walking distance of every house, and multi-storey parking, was included in the report.