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14 March 2012 / leggypeggy

Enlighten at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

I’ll write more about the Museum of Australia Democracy and Old Parliament House another time, but here’s a chance for me to share some of the great images that were displayed on its façade as part of this year’s Enlighten exhibition.

The building was built in the early 1900s and was only ever meant to be a temporary structure. It remained as Parliament House until 1988 when the new, and permanent, one was opened by Queen Elizabeth.

A lot of Australian history was made in this building and on the staircase out the front, and it is one of my very favourite tourist destinations in Canberra. For many years after it ceased to be Parliament House, it was home to the original National Portrait Gallery.

The interior is gorgeous and I’ll owe you some pics of that. Debt will be paid soon.

I’ve added captions where I’ve known enough about the image to make a useful comment.

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