Canberra Centenary Column

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Canberra Centenary Column
Canberra Centenary Column 2.jpg
Coordinates 35°16′53″S 149°07′45″E / 35.28143°S 149.12921°E / -35.28143; 149.12921Coordinates: 35°16′53″S 149°07′45″E / 35.28143°S 149.12921°E / -35.28143; 149.12921[1]
Location City Hill, Canberra
Designer Geoff Farquhar-Still
Type Obelisk
Material Stainless steel, granite, glass
Width 5 metres (16 ft)
Height 8.5 metres (28 ft)
Opening date 2014-03-11

The Canberra Centenary Column is a sculpture in City Hill, Canberra, Australia. It was built to commemorate the city's centenary, and unveiled on 11 March 2014.[1][2]

The sculpture is an 8.5-metre (28 ft) stainless steel obelisk on a 5-metre-wide (16 ft)[3] granite-dressed concrete base. The top of the base is inlaid with glass tiles and has a steel covering etched with images depicting Canberra's 100-year history.[4] It was designed by local artist Geoff Farquhar-Still. The design was inspired by the "Commencement Column" that was proposed to have been built when Canberra was founded, but was never completed.[1][a]

Encased in the base is a time capsule containing one hundred objects,[6] both symbolic and mundane.[7] The time capsule is intended to be opened in 100 years,[6] during Canberra's bicentenary.[8] The ACT Heritage Library and the National Film and Sound Archive have catalogues of the capsule's contents, and copies of some of the items.[9]


  1. ^ The Commencement Column was to have been built on three foundation stones that were laid in 1913 to mark the founding of Canberra. The column was never constructed; the foundation stones have since been moved, and are included on the Commonwealth Heritage List.[5]


  1. ^ a b c h (2014-06-13). "Canberra Centenary Column". artsACT. ACT Government. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  2. ^ "Canberra's first 100 years sealed in centenary time capsule". ACT Government. 2014-04-10. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  3. ^ Jane Easthope (2013-12-13). "Questions and Answers about the Canberra Centenary Column and Time Capsule". Canberra CBD Limited. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  4. ^ David Ellery (2014-03-11). "Centenary column ticks off some unfinished business for Canberra". The Canberra Times. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  5. ^ "Commencement Column Monument (Place ID 105347)". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment. 
  6. ^ a b Louise Maher (2014-03-11). "Time capsule sealed inside Canberra's new Centenary Column". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  7. ^ Stephen Easton (2014-03-11). "Monumental end to Centenary". Canberra CityNews. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  8. ^ Launch of the Canberra Centenary Column. YouTube. 2014-03-11. Event occurs at 2:20. 
  9. ^ "HMSS 0375 Canberra Centenary Time Capsule". ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collections. ACT Government. 2014-05-29. Retrieved 2014-10-12.