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Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory, is Australia's capital city. After Federation in 1901, a site for the capital was sought, and Canberra was selected. The Australian Capital Territory was declared on 1 January 1911 and an international competition was held to design the new capital city of Australia. The competition was won by a submission from American architect Walter Burley Griffin with drawings drafted by Marion Mahony Griffin.
At the time of Australia's federation on 1 January 1901, Melbourne became the seat of government of the federation. The first federal parliament was convened on 9 May 1901 in the Royal Exhibition Building, subsequently moving to the Victorian Parliament House where it was located until 1927, when it was moved to Canberra. The Governor-General of Australia resided at Government House in Melbourne until 1930 and many major national institutions remained in Melbourne well into the twentieth century.
originally posted by: Aldakoopa
I would have said Sydney but I have a hard time distinguishing between large, popular cities and capitals.
For example, I thought the capital of Japan was Tokyo for a while. Now I know it's Kyoto. Or how I thought Anchorage was the capital of Alaska, but it's Juno.
Upon checking myself because I wasn't sure I just now found out it's spelled 'Juneau'. Goes to show you how well I know cities and geography.
P.s- It was always Berenstein you agree?? Berenstain isn't even a genuine jewish last name, and the creators of the bears books were a Jewish family, no?
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: Perfectenemy
Kyoto has not been the capital of Japan since some way into the 1800s... It was in 1868, I think, that the seat of power moved from Kyoto to Tokyo.
It is worth noting that although several Japanese ordinances and edicts allude to Tokyo having "Capital Area Status", you will not find any government document referring to Tokyo explicitly as the capital. None the less, for tourism purposes, and for the purposes of geopolitics too, the capital is indeed Tokyo and its surrounding territory, because that is where the power in the land has rested since the date I mentioned above.
originally posted by: freedom7
So as many of you can tell, Mandela effect is a topic I follow closely and have for some time. I didn't notice this one about the capital of Australia until just recently though. And wanted to do a quick test and tally up some votes to see who remembers what.
Who remembers the capital of Australia as
or C. Other
I read on Wikipedia just now that apparently Canberra became the capital of Australia in 1938. This is mind boggling for me, because I've always remembered it as Sydney.
Would love to hear your thoughts.