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Nation building

Nation building

The cheers that rang out when Lady Gertrude Denman announced that ‘Canberra’ was to be the name of the new federal capital city resounded throughout 1913. The year was marked by major milestones towards Australia’s expectations of a glorious future. The western end of the railway that would finally link the nation was begun; measures to ensure water security for agricultural expansion and population growth were undertaken; the Commonwealth’s first series of stamps and banknotes were produced; and Australia’s place at the heart of Empire was secured with the laying of the foundation stone for Australia House in central London.