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World Bee Day Celebrations at Australian Parliament House

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World Bee Day Celebrations at Australian Parliament House

Australian Parliament House all abuzz for World Bee Day.

Queens Terrace Café
Sunday 20 May 2018

APH hivesQueen’s Terrace Café at Parliament House will be humming on Sunday 20 May when it serves up a special afternoon tea to mark the inaugural #WorldBeeDay.

Parliament House chefs have been waxing lyrical about the key ingredient for their afternoon tea menu – pure honey from our own hard-working Parliamentary bees. The bees have been foraging within the Parliamentary gardens and surrounding areas to create an award-winning honey that’s guaranteed to be a real zinger.

Declared by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2017 to raise awareness of the importance of bees, World Bee Day will be celebrated around the world – but at no place sweeter than our own café in the People’s House.

Swarms of visitors are tipped to attend so, to avoid being stung, book early. Email us or call 02 6277 5206.

To keep the World Bee Day celebrations buzzing in Canberra, the Embassies of Slovenia, Switzerland and Sweden, together with ACT Beekeepers Association, and Non-Government Organisations, will also be a hive of activity staging various events. Click here for an interactive map of the day's events.

Keep Sunday 20 May free and bee involved in the first World Bee Day. How sweet it will be.

The full program can be found by visiting the World Bee Day facebook page.

Find out what events are coming up @APH

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Photo Gallery

The construction of Australian Parliament House, and the first three decades of its life, have been captured by many distinguished photographers. In Parliament House’s 30th anniversary year, this gallery will grow week by week, showcasing the work of these photographers, most of whom were officially commissioned through the Parliament House Art/Craft Program to capture this significant period in our national life.

Image: Ed Douglas (b. 1943) Untitled, 1986, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT


Ed Douglas image

Ed Douglas (b. 1943)
Untitled, 1986,
Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT

Ed Douglas was interested in the earthworks stage of construction and in capturing how the land was excavated and piled in conjunction with the construction. This image captures the scale of earth works against the exterior curved walls. 

Douglas Holleley image

Douglas Holleley (b. 1949)
View of site from southern approach, 1983,
Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT

Construction of New Parliament House began in 1981 with the pouring of the first concrete. Holleley captures the epic scale of the construction in 1983 with his image of the southern approach to the site.

Ed Douglas image
Ed Douglas image
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