In April 1918, the ‘Molonglo Mystery’ suddenly appeared on the plains across from Duntroon. A Queanbeyan printer found tents and men throwing up hundreds of wooden rooms and doors: Their eyes—I mean the same doors and windows— are wide open, doubtless with surprise at their own hasty entrance into the world of affairs. What was it all about? Who was it for? In this, the centenary year of the end of WW1, our walk will cover some of the lesser known of Canberra’s connections to that war. The first part will be about the Molonglo Internment Camp established in 1918, a place that housed the largest population of 1920s Canberra. Then we will visit the trench warfare training facility that was operated adjacent to the Royal Military College in 1916. You will hear stories of the many people that war brought together in what is now Fyshwick.
There will be two walking sections: the first section of about 2 km will be followed by a car transfer; the second walk is about 3 km on paths with a moderate incline.
Bookings essential: https://molonglo-mysteries.eventbrite.com.au
Meeting point: Meet at 13 Molonglo Mall, Fyshwick. We will proceed on foot to the water reservoir on ‘Radio Hill’, returning to Molonglo Mall for a short drive to the car park of the Capital Brewery on Dairy Flat Road for the walk along Dairy Flat Road to the trenches. Participants might consider lunching at the brewery at the conclusion of the tour.
Bad weather: 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.
Note: For the comfort and safety of other walkers, we do not allow dogs on our walks.