January can be a hot month and with this in mind we have a designed this event as a series of mini walks linked by car pooled transport. We will uncover the rich history of this fast changing inner city suburb with its variety of heritage places, and with a few surprises along the way. The area provided rich pickings for the Ngunnawal people for thousands of years, and Canberra’s first sheep grazed here nearly 200 years ago. Sydney merchant Robert Campbell was the area’s first European landowner, but only gave his name to the suburb from 1956. Following the selection of the Canberra area as the Federal Capital, Duntroon was resumed by the Commonwealth and became the Royal Military College, beginning the area’s close association with Defence. In the late 1950s sheep paddocks were transformed into a residential suburb to house Defence personnel previously located in Melbourne. Like earlier Canberra suburbs Campbell embraced Garden City ideals, but it was the first to represent a departure from many of the ideas of Walter Burley Griffin, adopting a Modernist approach to town planning.
Meeting point: Campbell shops car park for car pooling.
Length and terrain: A series of short, level walks mainly on paved surfaces and in shady spots.
Bad weather etc: Unless otherwise advised by email, the leader will be at the meeting point where a decision will be made as to whether to proceed or postpone.
Walk leader: Trevor Lipscombe. Trevor is a Campbell resident, has a long term interest in ACT’s heritage, and has led several other walks for National Trust (ACT). He is a life member of National Trust (ACT) and National Trust UK, and is Co Convenor of the National Trust (ACT) Monthly Heritage Walks Program.
Waitlist: Should this Walk be fully subscribed when you try to book, please place your name on the waitlist. Subject to sufficient interest we will repeat the walk in the near future.
Bookings Essential: https://heritagewalkact18-campbell.eventbrite.com.au