21 October 2011

Royal visit to the library

There's a bit of 'royal fever' in Canberra at the moment, with Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh visiting Australia's capital city.

Did you know that in 1983 Prince Charles and Princess Diana attended the opening of our very own Erindale Library? A photo of this as well as a number of other photos of royal visits to Canberra, including photos of Prince Charles boarding an ACTION bus, can be found on the ACT Heritage Library’s image library – Images ACT.


Images ACT has a collection of over 8,000 digitised photographs of the ACT and region with new images added every few months. The ACT Heritage Library, located upstairs at the Woden Library, holds a total of 300,000 images, over 63,000 catalogued public documents and over 280 manuscript collections.

By typing ‘Queen Elizabeth’ into the search field you will find 131 images which include previous visits by the Queen, and a lot more about the life of Canberra, including previous Prime Ministers, coronation celebrations both social and military, facilities named in the Queen’s honour and the construction of key monuments.

Queen Elizabeth greets people in Canberra circa 1963. Image 003681. Part of the ACT Administration Collection. This image is for research purposes only and must not be reproduced without the prior permission of the ACT Heritage Library.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip view Canberra from the top of Mount Ainslie during the Royal Tour of Australia in May 1970. Image 000304. Part of the Department of Capital Territory. This image is for research purposes only and must not be reproduced without the prior permission of the ACT Heritage Library.



The role of the ACT Heritage Library is to help tell the stories of Canberra and its people. They collect and provide access to Canberra’s social and cultural history. Many of the photographs are drawn from collections donated by The Canberra Times and created by the Commonwealth Department of Capital Territory from the 1950s to the 1990s.

The help of many volunteers is very important to the ACT Heritage Library, as they spend hundreds of hours each year helping to categorise items for preservation within the Library’s collection.

Images ACT can be viewed online at http://www.images.act.gov.au/.