This morning I woke up and thought I would go out for half of the day to take some photos and have a look around at some of the events happening on the grounds close to parliament house. One thing I learned was that the RIOTACT which is a Canberra magazine ran an article back in 2011 featuring an old black and white photograph showing this large construction in front of the old parliament house that baffled some readers. Apparently the large sandstone monument of King George V used to be located where the current Aboriginal Tent Embassy is now (http://the-riotact.com/what-is-this-on-the-lawns-of-parliament-house-circa-1950/49346).
Further research shows that the monument of King George V used to be used as a War Memorial while the current Australian War Memorial was being constructed (http://moadoph.gov.au/blog/the-king-george-v-memorial/).
Having said that I don’t mind the Aboriginal Tent Embassy being where it is as we haven’t managed the affairs of the Australian Indigenous people too well. Initially the Australian Commonwealth Government did not recognise the Aboriginals in the Australian Constitution Act of 1901 till Even today there are protest signs on the Aboriginal Tent Embassy targeting Tony Abbott (Prime Minister), and Joe Hockey (Treasurer), which indicates much more needs to be done to “close the gap” so to speak.
Across from the Old Parliament House is the Senate Gardens which is a nice enclosed area with lawns and rose flower beds. Some people use the area to have their wedding photos taken. I took a few snap shots of the roses with my Canon 1100D EOS Camera using the close up feature and the (EFS 18-55mm lens).
A little further down from the Senate Garden was a car display featuring various models from the FORD company. There were quite a few car admirers looking around from all ages enjoying the variety of cars being displayed. Below are just some of the ones I photographed.
To finish off my morning I ventured up towards the new Parliament House to where there was a push bike cycle festival happening. There were a number of stalls on display as well at ACT Police who were giving out free water bottles for your push bike. I was given a couple so I will give one to my son who uses his push bike regularly around Canberra.