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Government Records about the Australian Capital Territory


3. Early administration of the capital, 1911–27

Having acquired its Federal Territory, the Commonwealth then set about creating an establishment to administer it. In the beginning, administration of the capital was the responsibility of a number of agencies in Canberra and Melbourne; this would remain the case for many years.

Although the Commonwealth had grand designs, international conflicts such as World War I, and local conflicts between Walter Burley Griffin and government officials, would do much to hinder Canberra's early development.


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Chapter 3
Early administration of the capital, 1911–27