There was not enough accommodation in Canberra to take in all the Easter tourists, The Canberra Times reported on this day in 1960, after hundreds of visitors came to the capital only to find they had nowhere to sleep.
A radio appeal was made to Canberrans to take in visitors who had not secured accommodation.
Many tourists, who had not anticipated the accommodation shortage, were forced to sleep in their cars or camp out. Cars and caravans packed into the Black Mountain tourist camp.
The favourite destinations for tourists were the Australian War Memorial, which saw 12,000 visitors over the weekend, and Parliament House, which had such big crowds travelling through it the doors had to be closed to cope with the visitors.
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