Legislative Assembly Building, Canberra

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Legislative Assembly Building
Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly.jpg
General information
Architectural stylePost-War International
Address196 London Circuit
Town or cityCanberra, Australian Capital Territory
Coordinates35°16′54″S 149°07′52″E / 35.281641°S 149.13117°E / -35.281641; 149.13117Coordinates: 35°16′54″S 149°07′52″E / 35.281641°S 149.13117°E / -35.281641; 149.13117
Construction started1959
ClientNational Capital Development Commission
OwnerACT Government
Design and construction
ArchitectRoy Simpson
Architecture firmYuncken Freeman
Main contractorConcrete Constructions Pty Ltd

The ACT Legislative Assembly Building, also known as the South Building, is located on the southern side of Civic Square, London Circuit, Civic in the Australian Capital Territory.


The building was designed as one part of the Canberra Civic Square, also incorporating the Canberra Theatre and Museum, in 1959–1961 by Roy Simpson of Yuncken Freeman for the National Capital Development Commission.[1] Originally was known as the "Civic Offices", they were originally built to house the offices of the ACT Advisory Council, the ACT Industrial Court and the Department of the Interior.[2][3][4] The modernist-style building has been the home of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly since 1994 after it was refurbished to accommodate the Chamber and provide space for offices. The Assembly first met during 1989 in a temporary Chamber at 1 Constitution Avenue.

The ACT Coat of Arms over the entrance were designed by Lenore Bass, wife of Tom Bass who created the "Ethos" sculpture in Civic Square, and unveiled in September 1961.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Civic Square". Design Canberra Festival. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  2. ^ "New Civic Offices At City, Bachelor Flats For Turner". The Canberra Times. 33 (9, 336). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 8 July 1959. p. 1. Retrieved 24 July 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "NEW CIVIC OFFICES TAKEN OVER". The Canberra Times. 35 (9, 854). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 7 March 1961. p. 1. Retrieved 24 July 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "CIVIC OFFICE BLOCKS BY FEBRUARY". The Canberra Times. 35 (9, 825). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 1 February 1961. p. 20. Retrieved 24 July 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "COAT OF ARMS OVER CIVIC SQUARE". The Canberra Times. 36 (10, 012). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 7 September 1961. p. 28. Retrieved 24 July 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "STATUE FOR SQUARE NEAR READY". The Canberra Times. 36 (10, 037). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 6 October 1961. p. 4. Retrieved 24 July 2018 – via National Library of Australia.

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