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The Central National Area
Parliamentary Zone Site Study
Setting the scene
The Parliamentary Zone is the city's central national area and contains symbols and structures of the nation's culture, history and aspirations.
The geometric centre of Walter Burley Griffin's original design, the Parliamentary Zone provides the focus for the Seat of Government, cultural institutions and the recreation areas of the capital. It is often the location for events, memorials, protests, parades and the workings of democracy, all of which add meaning to the National Capital and are a source of pride for Australians.
What to do
- Choose one of the following sites located in the Parliamentary Zone.
- Write a 600-word report detailing the history, location and function of the site you have chosen to study.
Key points within your report should cover:
- What was present in the area prior to the construction of the site you have chosen to study?
- Describe the physical characteristics of the site, and any major changes to the environment.
- Detail the history of the site.
- Mention any key people involved in the development of the site.
- What is the function and role of the site you are studying?
- Why do you think this structure or public space is located within the Parliamentary Zone?
- Why do you think this structure or public space is located in the national capital?
Sites found in the Parliamentary Zone
- Parliament House
- Old Parliament House
- Old Parliament House Gardens
- The National Library of Australia
- The National Portrait Gallery
- Reconciliation Place
- Questacon - The National Science & Technology Centre
- The High Court of Australia
- The National Gallery of Australia
- Commonwealth Place
- Electoral Education Centre
- International Flag Display
Create a collage of images and textures representing the history, location and function of the site you have chosen to study.