Australia’s Parliament House—more than 25 years in the making! A chronology

Dr Joy McCann
Politics and Public Administration Section

with Dr Dianne Heriot, Parliamentary Librarian



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Appendix 6: Acknowledgements and credits

Acknowledgements

The Parliamentary Library would like to acknowledge the generous assistance of a number of organisations and individuals who have contributed by providing expertise, permission to use images or archival records, or access to their collections, as follows:

National Archives of Australia; National Film and Sound Archive; National Library of Australia; National Portrait Gallery; Australian Associated Press; ACT Heritage Library; AUSPIC, ANTaR Vic., Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The University of Sydney; Romaldo Giurgola and Pamille Berg (Mitchell/Giurgola & Thorp, the architectural team responsible for the design of Australia's Parliament House); Annemieke Jongsma (Department of the Senate); Catherine Cornish (Department of the House of Representatives); Robyn Stewart, Kylie Scroope and Colin Grant (Department of Parliamentary Services); staff of Broadcasting Production Office; staff of the Hansard Services Unit; staff of the Parliamentary Library including Cathy Madden, Janet Wilson, Deirdre McKeown, Martin Lumb and Pauline Downing; and the Department of Parliamentary Services publications team including Bobby Graham and Hayden Campbell.

Copyright information

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Credits

ANTaR Vic:

The Sea of Hands, ANTaR Vic

ACT Heritage Library:

Capital Hill and State Circle, ACT Heritage Library, Canberra Times Collection

AUSPIC:

Front cover: Parliament House during the Enlighten festival, 2011, Howard Moffat/AUSPIC; concept created by The Electric Canvas

Speaker’s Chair crafted by David Upfill-Brown, using Australian grey box timber with Tasmanian black-hearted sassafras and six types of Australian wattle, AUSPIC No. 991025-8

President Hu Jintao addresses a joint meeting of the Australian Parliament, AUSPIC No. 030496DI-225

The Governor-General delivers her opening of Parliament address, AUSPIC No. 100317-0632

Visit by His Excellency Mr Sukhbaatar Batbold MP, Prime Minister of Mongolia, AUSPIC No. 110035-0348

Visit by the Right Honourable Dato Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, AUSPIC No. 11067-104

National Memorial Service to mark the 10th Anniversary of the 2002 Bali Bombings, No. 120321-059

 

Australian Associated Press (AAP):

The initiating senators of the RU486 bill after it passed through the House of Representatives: (from left) Claire Moore (Labor), Lyn Allison (Australian Democrats), Judith Troeth (Liberal) and Fiona Nash (Nationals), Alan Porritt, AAP

The first Indigenous member of the House of Representatives, Ken Wyatt, delivers his First Speech to the House of Representatives, Alan Porritt, AAP

 

National Archives of Australia:

Opening of Federal Parliament, Melbourne, 1901, National Archives of Australia, NAA: A1200, L16935; Australian News & Information Services

The Australasian Federation Conference delegates, Melbourne, February 1890. Photographer: Johnstone, O’Shannessy & Co. National Archives of Australia, NAA: A1200, L13363

Report of the Commissioner on Sites for the Seat of Government of the Commonwealth, NSW Government, 30 October 1900, National Archives of Australia, NAA: A18, 2

Commonwealth of Australia: complete summary of information with regard to proposed federal capital sites, 19 February 1902, National Archives of Australia, NAA: A325

Seat of Government Act 1908, National Archives of Australia, NAA: A1559, 1908/24A

Memorandum from King O'Malley confirming the results of the Federal Capital City Design Competition, 23 May 1912, National Archives of Australia, NAA: A110, FC1912/4133

Petition to Prime Minister Joseph Cook requesting a royal commission into the building of Canberra, 1913, National Archive of Australia, NAA: A110, FC1915/449

Agreement [between the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Joseph Cook, and Walter Burley Griffin] engaging Griffin as Federal Capital Director of Design and Construction, 18 October 1913, National Archives of Australia, NAA: CP487/6, 5

The Minister for Home Affairs, King O'Malley, drives the first peg in the site for Canberra, the national capital, 1913, National Archives of Australia, NAA: A1200, L16932

A portion of land at Jervis Bay was included in the Federal Capital Territory to provide a seaport for Australia’s only inland capital, National Archives of Australia, NAA: A3202, 1 and 2

The Governor-General, Lord Denman, arriving at Capital Hill, Canberra, for the foundation ceremony of the national capital on 12 March 1913, National Archives of Australia, NAA: A1200, L16933

The Federal Capital Commissioners and the Commission staff in 1925, National Archives of Australia, NAA: A3560, 1279

Prime Minister W M Hughes with C S Daley Secretary to the Federal Capital Advisory Committee and P G Stewart Minister for Works and Railways on the site of Parliament House, Mildenhall Collection, National Library of Australia and Museum of Australian Democracy, NAA: A3560, 115

Parliament House rear stairway under construction, 1 January 1926, Mildenhall Collection, National Archives of Australia and Museum of Australian Democracy, NAA: A3560, 645

1933 map of the Federal Capital Territory, National Archives of Australia, NAA: A3560, 7151

Detail from Griffin's plan for Canberra, showing the Capitol building as a stepped pyramid, National Archives of Australia, NAA: A710, 43

National Capital Development Commission Act 1957, National Archives of Australia, NAA: A1559, 1957/42

Sir John Overall, Robin Boyd, Sir Daryl Lindsay, Mr Peter Nixon and Mr John Gorton look at the plan for the new National Gallery in Canberra, Australian News and Information Bureau, National Archives of Australia, NAA: A1200, L72287

Constitution Alteration (Referendums) Act 1977 (No. 84 of 1977), National Archives of Australia, NAA: A1559/1, 84/1977

Yolngu leaders Gallarwuy Yunupingu (left) and Silas Roberts at Parliament House in 1977 with Jeremy Long and the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, THE Hon. Ian Viner (right), looking at the two bark petitions presented to the House of Representatives in 1963, National Archives of Australia, NAA: A8739, A11/3/77/3

Aboriginal Tent Embassy outside Parliament House, Canberra, 1974, National Archives of Australia, NAA: A6135, K14/3/74/11

Prime Minister the Rt Hon. Malcolm Fraser addresses guests at the ceremony to turn the first sod for construction of the new and permanent Parliament House, Capital Hill, Canberra, National Archives of Australia, NAA: A6180, 19/9/80/10

Bob Hawke at Foundation Stone ceremony at new Parliament House, National Archives of Australia, NAA: A6180, 5/10/83/14

Aerial of New Parliament House on opening day, 1988, National Archives of Australia, NAA: A876, KN20/5/88/7

40th anniversary of first Australian citizenship ceremony held at Parliament House, Canberra. Award is presented to the recipient by Governor General, Sir Ninian Stephen, 1989, National Archives of Australia, NAA: A12111, 3/1989/12B/3C

Two Aboriginal men on beach, one with fishing spear [Eddie Mabo (left) and Jack Wailu on the Island of Mer in the Torres Strait Islands], National Archives of Australia, NAA: A6180, 9/3/94/23 [Reproduced with permission of Trevor Graham Yarra Bank Films Pty Ltd][The image can be used in perpetuity ] 

 

National Film and Sound Archive:

Naming of the Federal Capital of Australia: The ceremony, 1913.03.12: [with commentary], National Film and Sound Archive, No. 236834

The official opening of [provisional Parliament House] Canberra by His Royal Highness the Duke of York: May 9th 1927: Paramount Special, National Film and Sound Archive, No. 56926

Question Time in the Senate, House of Parliament, Canberra, 1946.07.17: Pts  1, 3, Sound recording, Published, No. 228694

Proceedings in the House of Representatives, Parliament House, Canberra, 1946.07.10: Pts 2, 4, Australian Broadcasting Commission, 10 July 1946, Radio, No. 228170

 

National Library of Australia:

Senators bathing in the Snowy River at Dalgety [picture], 1902, by Edmund Thomas Luke, National Library of Australia, nla.pic-an24587182

Map of New South Wales showing proposed Federal Capital sites. No. 16 [cartographic material], by New South Wales Department of Lands, Jno Kirkpatrick, Chairman, Royal Commission Federal Capital Sites, Sydney, 3 June 1903, National Library of Australia, MAP FCPS Coll. no. 1903/16 (Copy 1)

Members of the Board appointed to report upon sites for the Federal Capital at Cotter River,Canberra, ca. 1909 [picture], National Library of Australia, nla.pic-vn4291882

George Fuller taking the first sight in the preliminary contour survey, Camp Hill, 1909 [picture], National Library of Australia, vn4610852

Pastoral scene on Capitol [ie Capital] Hill, Canberra [with] St. Andrew's Presbyterian Cathedral Church in mid-distance, [showing sheep and mounted stockman, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory [picture], National Library of Australia, vn3416296

Federal Capital site survey camp, Camp Hill, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, ca 1909 [picture]commonwealth , National Library of Australia, vn4599793

Canberra federal site from Rottenbury trig station, city series [picture], by the Department of Home Affairs, Lands and Surveys Branch, Photographs of the Federal Capital site, 1909‒1910, National Library of Australia, nla.pic-an24932028

The birth of a continent's capitol [i.e. capital], 1912 [picture], by Table Talk, National Library of Australia, PIC 8136/1

Commonwealth Avenue from Capital Hill, 1981, Canberra [transparency], National Library of Australia, an14324452-59

Romaldo Giurgola interviewed by Professor Manning Clark [sound recording], introduced and recorded by Heather Rusden, 18 March 1989‒14 October 1989, Canberra, ORAL TRC 2412, reproduced by courtesy of the National Library of Australia

The logger blockade of Parliament House, Canberra, January 1995 - some of the trucks in the forecourt [picture], National Library of Australia, an12549227-71

 

National Portrait Gallery, Canberra:

Aldo Giurgola 2005 by Mandy Martin, ochre, pigment and oil on linen. Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Commissioned in recognition of Giurgola’s life-long contribution to architecture and funded by voluntary donations from members and friends of the architectural profession.  Gift of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects 2005

 

Parliament of Australia:

Solar panels on Parliament House roof

Main Committee chamber, renamed Federation Chamber

New Parliament of Australia website

Parliament House during the Enlighten Festival, 2011

Pride of Place, House of Representatives, 2008 (video available for purchase from the International and Community Relations Office, Parliament House: 1800 139 299 or news@aph.gov.au

Parliament House 25th Anniversary Open Day 2013 (House of Representatives)

Silver anniversary morning tea in the Great Hall (Department of Parliamentary Services)

 

Department of Parliamentary Services Broadcasting (DPS), Parliament House:

Acknowledgement of country, House of Representatives, 12 March 2013

Acknowledgement of country, Senate, 12 March 2013

Speech by Queen Elizabeth II on 9 May 1988

Prime Minister the Hon. Bob Hawke presenting acknowledgement, House of Representatives, 22 August 1988

The Speaker, the Hon. Joan Child, tabling the message from Her Majesty the Queen and the Speech of His Excellency the Governor-General delivered in the Great Hall, 22 August 1988

Governor-General’s speech at opening of 36th Parliament , 8 May 1990

Senate proceedings televised for first time, 21 August 1990

Address by the President of the United States of America, 2 January 1992

Governor-General’s speech at opening of 37th Parliament, 4 May 1993

Governor-General’s speech at opening of 38th Parliament, 30 April 1996

The Prime Minister, the Hon. John Howard MP, speaking about the Port Arthur massacre in the House of Representatives, 30 April 1996

Address by President of the United States, House of Representatives, 20 November 1996

Governor-General’s speech at opening of 39th Parliament, 10 November 1998

Senator Brian Harradine announcing his intention to vote against the GST, 14 May 1999

Motion of Reconciliation to Indigenous Australians in the House of Representatives (26 August 1999) and in the Senate (24 November 1999)

Centenary of Federation historic joint sitting in the Senate and the House of Representatives, Victorian Parliament, 10 May 2001

9/11 service in Great Hall, 17 September 2001

Governor-General’s speech at opening of 40th Parliament

National remembrance service honouring the victims of the terrorist attack in Bali, Great Hall, 16 October 2003

Address by the President of the United States, 23 October 2003

Address by the President of the People’s Republic of China, 24 October 2003

Governor-General’s speech at opening of 41st Parliament, 16 November 2004

Address by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 27 March 2006

Beaconsfield miners’ reception, 30 May 2006

Senator Bob Brown tabling message stick in the Senate, 13 August 2007

Address by the Prime Minister of Canada, 11 September 2007

Governor-General’s speech at opening of 42nd Parliament, 12 February 2008

Welcome to country ceremony, 12 February 2008

Apology to Stolen Generations, 13 February 2008

Swearing in of Governor-General, Quentin Bryce AC, 5 September 2008

Apology to Forgotten Australians, 16 November 2009

Address by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, 10 March 2010

Opening of the 43rd Parliament, 28 September 2010

Ken Wyatt MP First Speech, House of Representatives, 29 September 2010

Wyatt Roy MP First Speech, House of Representatives, 26 October 2010

Address by Prime Minister of New Zealand, 20 June 2011

Royal visit by Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, 21 October 2011

Address by President of the United States, Barack Obama, House of Representatives, 17 November 2011

Speaker’s procession, 14 February 2012

Visit by President of Lebanon, 16 April 2012

Visit by the Prime Minister of Thailand, 28 May 2012

Visit by Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, 23 July 2012

Visit by the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, 22 August 2012

Visit by Prime Minister of Singapore, 11 October 2012

National commemoration service marking 10th anniversary of Bali Bombings, 12 October 2012

Apology to victims of sexual abuse in the Australian Defence Force, 26 November 2012

National Apology for forced adoptions, 21 March 2013

Press conference, The Hon. Julia Gillard MP, 26 June 2013

Press conference, the Hon. Kevin Rudd MP, 28 June 2013

State visit: President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, 8 July 2013

Prorogation of 43rd Parliament, 5 August 2013

 

Parliament House Art Collection:

Royal Assent of Queen Victoria to Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act of 1900, Gifts Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT, No. 01/0042

Street decorations for Federation celebrations, 1900‒1901 , Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 00/0179.007

Opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia by H.R.H. The Duke of Cornwall and York (Later King George V), May 9, 1901 . (1903) by Tom Roberts (1856‒1931), On permanent loan to the Parliament of Australia from the British Royal Collection. Courtesy of Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, Photo credit: Matt Kelso, No. 01/0030

Sir William Lyne, 1918 by Theodora Esther Cowan (1868‒1949) Gifts Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT, No. 01/0016.001

Proclamation, Opening of Parliament House, Canberra, 1927 (1927) Waterlow & Sons Limited, London, Gifts Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT, No. 01/0051

Opening of Federal Parliament at Canberra, 9 May 1927 (1927‒28) by William Beckwith McInnes (1889‒1939), Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 00/0046

Yirrkala artists, Dhuwa moiety. Yirrkala Bark Petition 14.8.1963, 46.9 x 21 cm, natural ochres on bark, ink on paper, House of Representatives, Canberra, No. REPS02/0020.001

Yirrkala artists, Yirritja moiety, Yirrkala Bark Petition 28.8.1963, 46.9 x 21 cm, natural ochres on bark, ink on paper, House of Representatives, Canberra, No. REPS02/0020.002

Untitled (Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser with shovel and the pouring of cement at Parliament House construction site), Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 06/0082.015

Untitled (visitors inside building under construction), Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 06/0082.006

Untitled (Prime Minister Bob Hawke laying the foundation stone with mallet, Parliament House), Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 06/0082.013

Great Hall Tapestry (1984‒1988), artist: by Arthur BOYD (1920‒1999), interpretation and execution: Victorian Tapestry Workshop (est. 1976) Wool, mercerised cotton and linen weft on a seine warp, 9m x 20m. Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT, No. 1994/0042.001‒004

Opening of Parliament House by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 9 May 1988 (1994), by Marcus Beilby (1951), Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 00/0172

The Hon. Joan Child , 1988 by Charles William Bush (1911‒1989), Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 00/0131

The Hon. Kerry Walter Sibraa , 1991 by Bryan Westwood (1930‒2000), Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 00/0164

The Hon. Robert (Bob) JL Hawke AC, 1992 by Bill Leak (1956‒) Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 00/0168

The Hon. Paul J Keating , 1997 by Robert Hannaford (1944‒), Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 00/0186

Tin Dog (from installation The Eye of the Dog), 1995 by Ingo Kleinert (1941‒)), Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 1998/0029.001

The Hon. Sir William Patrick Deane, AC KBE , 2001 by Robert Hannaford (1944‒), Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 00/0207

The Hon. Margaret Elizabeth Reid , 1999 by Tom Alberts (1962‒), Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 00/0195

The Hon. John W Howard AC , 2009 by Jiawei Shen (1948‒), Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 00/0232

The Hon. David Peter Maxwell Hawker , 2007 by Jiawei Shen (1948‒), Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 00/0226

The Hon. Paul Henry Calvert , 2003‒04 by Paul Newton (1961‒), Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 00/0221

The Hon. John Neil Andrew, 2002 by Robert Hannaford (1944‒), Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 00/0217

The Hon. Alan Baird Ferguson , 2009 by Robert Hannaford (1944‒), Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 00/0230

The Hon. Stephen Paul Martin , 1995 by Wesley Barton Walters (1928‒), Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 00/0175

The Hon. Leo Boyce McLeay , 1991 by David Thomas (1951‒), Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 00161

The Hon. Robert (Bob) George Halverson , 1998 by Robert Hannaford (1944‒), Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 00/0194

The Rt Hon. Ian McCahon Sinclair , 2001 by Charles Tompson (circa 1940), Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 00/0205

The Hon. Michael Eamon Beahan , 1998 by Bryan Westwood (1930‒2000), Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 00/0190

Barunga Statement 1988, YUNUPINGU, Galarrwuy, RUBUNTJA, Wenten, JAMPIJINPA, Lindsay Turner, JAPANANGKA, Dennis Williams, MARAWILI, Bakulangay, MARAWILI, Djambawa, MARAWILI, Marrirra, NGURRUWUTHUN, Djewiny, reproduced with permission of the Northern and Central Land Councils. Gifts Collection, courtesy of Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 01/0123

Untitled (a construction worker hosing the completed Michael Nelson Jagamara mosaic in forecourt of Parliament House) Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 06/0082.011

Centenary of Federation Commemorative Sitting of Federal Parliament, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, 9 May 2001 (2003) by Robert Hannaford (1944-) Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, No. 00/0219

The Apology Manuscript, 2008 by Gemma Black (1956-), Parliament House Gift Collection, Canberra. Gift commissioned by The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. Courtesy of Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT

Mr Harry Jenkins, Speaker of the House of Representatives, 2010 by Rick Amor (1948) Historic Memorials Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT

 

Fairfax Media

Re-enactment of the naming of Canberra

 

Royal Australian Mint:

Australia’s first triangular coin

 

Ten News:

The Hon. Julia Gillard sworn in as Australia's 27th Prime Minister (YouTube video)



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