Saturday 3 September 2011 – South side of the lake – Recreational signage

The Parliamentary Triangle

Map of the Parliamentary Triangle

Small triangular versions of this sign were scattered along the walk. I’m going to attempt to transcribe it and provide a bit of extra information. Steven OuYang, a New Zealander, has a much nicer photo of one of the smaller signs (undefaced, unlike the one above) on Flickr.

Unless otherwise stated, the extra information comes from the ACT Planning and Land Authority’s name search.

Going from top to bottom, left to right, with extra information indented:

  • Parliament House
  • Federation Mall
  • State Circle going round
  • Kings Avenue marking the left side of the Parliamentary Triangle
    • from Canberra’s former motto For the King, the Law and the People, now For the Queen, the Law and the People
  • Commonwealth Avenue marking the right side of the Parliamentary Triangle
  • More of Federation Mall, flanked by the National Archives / East Block, and West Block
  • Queen Victoria Terrace
    • named for the reigning monarch at the time of Federation in 1901
  • Walpole Crescent
    • named for Robert Walpole (1676-1745), the first British Prime Minister
  • Constitution Place
  • Old Parliament House Gardens
  • Old Parliament House
  • Old Parliament House Gardens again
  • Magna Carta Place
    • The Magna Carta is, in many respects, the foundation of the common law. The Magna Carta was signed sealed and delivered on 12 October 1297, not the more famous 1215 version dragged out of King John, nor that endorsed by Henry III in 1225. It was from the common law that the High Court derived the concept of Native Title.
  • Langton Crescent
    • named for Stephen Langton, leader of the barons who forced King John to seal the Magna Carta in 1215
  • King George Terrace
    • named for King George V and King George VI, reigning monarchs during the first 50 years of Federation
  • National Rose Gardens
  • To the left, Parkes Place and Dorothy Tangney Place frame the John Gorton Building
    • Parkes Place: Henry Parkes (1815-1896) Legislator, Federalist and one of the Founders of the Constitution; became Premier of New South Wales 1872, advocating union of the Australian colonies from 1867; died 1896 before the first Federal Parliament
    • Dorothy Tangney Place: Dorothy Tangney (1911-1985), Australia’s first woman Senator, held a Western Australian seat in the Senate from 1943 until 1968. She remains the longest serving woman member in an Australian Parliament, with a record 25 years and nine months. – Australian Womens History Forum
    • John Gorton (1911-2002): Prime Minister of Australia 1968-1971
  • Centre: Federation Centenary Fountains
  • To the right, (more of) Parkes Place, Newlands Street, and the continuation of Langton Crescent frame the Treasury Building
    • John Newlands (1864-1932), President of the Senate at the time of the opening of Parliament House, Canberra, 1927
  • King Edward Terrace
    • King Edward VII and King Edward VIII, reigning monarchs during the first 50 years of Federation
  • Bowen drive, going down and under Kings Avenue Bridge
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • John Dunmore Lang Place
    • John Dunmore Lang (1799–1878), Presbyterian clergyman, writer, politician and activist, was the first prominent advocate of an independent Australian nation and of Australian republicanism. – Wikipedia
  • National Science and Technology Centre (Questacon)
  • National Gallery
  • Reconciliation Place
    • The selection of this location places the reconciliation process physically and symbolically at the heart of Australian democratic and cultural life – National Capital Authority
  • National Library
  • Patrick White Terrace
    • in front of the National Library; also referred to as the Patrick White Lawns
    • Patrick White (1912-1990) was Australia’s only Nobel laureate for literature (until J. M. Coetzee became an Australian citizen in 2006) – Wikipedia
  • National Gallery and Sculpture Garden
  • High Court of Australia
  • Commonwealth Place
  • International Flag Display
    • part of Commonwealth Place
    • The current 96 flags are dedicated to the United Nations and those nations that maintain a diplomatic presence in the national capital. – National Capital Authority
    • See below for transcription of a sign about the display
  • Speakers Square
    • also part of Commonwealth Place
    • at the centre of Commonwealth Place is a concave shaped grassed area with a paved mural in the middle which was a gift to Australia from the Government of Canada to mark the Centenary of Australian FederationWikipedia
  • Commonwealth Place Forecourt
    • Centred on Griffin’s Land Axis, Commonwealth Place Forecourt enhances visitor use of the site by introducing a shared pedestrian zone and two jetties. – National Capital Authority
  • More of the International Flag Display
  • Peace Park
    • a lasting symbol of Australia’s commitment to peace, providing a place in the national capital for contemplation. … His Excellency, the Hon. Bill Hayden AC, Governor-General of Australia, officially dedicated Peace Park on United Nations Day, 24 October 1990. On that day he unveiled a monument ‘Dedicated to All Peace Makers’, which has the inscription: ‘All who visit here are invited to commit themselves to peace and the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction’National Capital Authority
  • Australians of the Year Walk
  • Lake Burley Griffin

International Flag Display

International Flag Display

Parliamentary Zone

International Flag Display

The International Flag Display, the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere, was opened by the Governor-General, Sir William Deane AC KBE, on Australia Day, 26 January 1999. The range of flags colourfully acknowledges the international presence in Canberra and symbolically honours those nations which have diplomatic representation in our country.

Over 80 flags fly from two offset rows of flag poles along the promenade between the High Court of Australia to the east and the National Library of Australia to the west. These flags fly 24 hours a day, the only international flag display in the world to do so.

Consistent with United Nations principle, flags are arranged in alphabetical order according to the English spelling of the nations, starting with ‘A’ for the flag nearest Kings Avenue Bridge and ending with ‘Z’ for the flag nearest to Commonwealth Avenue Bridge. Plaques identify the country of each flag. Flags are located on either side of Walter Burley Griffin’s land axis.

When opening the International Flag Display, Sir William Deane expressed his hope that it would remind all Australians ‘how important it is in celebrating Australia Day [that] we look outwards to the world of which our nation is a part, as well as inwards to the nation itself and its people’.

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