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  Canberra (Australia)
          Canberra is a picturesque(风景如画的)20th-century concoction on the banks of
Lake Burley Griffin(贝里哥里芬湖)that has struggled to establish itself as the focus
of Australia"s national identity. It has often been perceived as a "fat
cat"(有权有势的)town of politicians and bureaucrats living off the rest of the
country.
          However, you"ll only have to step outside the Parliamentary Triangle to
realise that there"s more to Canberra than machinations(密谋)and money. One of
only two artificially-conceived cities in the world, Canberra is eerily
symmetrical, surprisingly workable and endlessly intriguing.
          Autumn in Canberra is quite simply gorgeous. The days are sunny and crisp,
the trees are changing and everything looks lovely. Winter is really cold.
Spring is much wetter and windier, though the very popular Floriade
festival(花卉节)brightens things up.
          Canberra was first settled by Europeans in 1824, when Joshua Moore bought
the first land grant(政府赠予地)in the area, at the foot of Black Mountain. By 1845 a
town had grown up in the shadow of the mountain, with the newly built St John"s
Church and the nearby school at its centre.
          The establishing of a national capital and surrounding Australian Capital
Territory (ACT) was one of the tenets(原则)of the constitution created when the
colonies were federated into Australian states in 1901. The site was selected in
1908 - diplomatically situated between arch rivals(主要竞争对手)Sydney and Melbourne.
Canberra was named in 1913, from an Aboriginal term believed to mean "meeting
place", and an international competition to design the city was won by the
American architect Walter Burley Griffin. Development of the site was slow and
although parliament was first convened in the capital in 1927, it was not until
after the World War Two that the dream of a national capital began to reach
fruition(实现).
          In 1957 the Menzies(孟席斯,罗伯特·戈登,1894-1978澳大利亚政治家,曾两度任职总理)Government created
the National Capital Development Commission, to establish Canberra as the seat
of government and generally spruce(打扮、装饰)the place up a bit. Over the next 20
years it was full steam ahead - bridges were built over a hypothetical lake,
then a year later the lake followed; the Mint, the National Library, the Botanic
Gardens and the Carillon sprang up; the civic centre was packed full of offices,
shops and theatres. Throughout the 60s the public service became Canberra"s
major industry, with departments shifting to the capital from all over the
country, bringing with them hordes of happy families in search of a quarter-acre
block to call their own. In line with its reputation as a planned city,
Canberra"s growth was less than organic - rather than filling in the city centre
and letting suburbs sprawl around it, the NCDC oversaw the setting up of
"satellite towns" to the north and south. Woden, to the south, was set up first,
then Belconnen to the north. In the 70s they were followed by Tuggeranong, and
in the 80s Gunghalin.
          Since Federation the ACT had been under the jurisdiction of the Federal
Government, with no local government of its own. In a 1978
referendum(公民投票)Canberrans had voted no to self-government, but despite this in
1988 the Federal Government passed four bills to make the Territory
self-governing and in 1989 the first Legislative Assembly was elected.
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