15 January 2016

Where is Central Square?

There is a real sense of satisfaction when a degree of investigation and deductive reasoning is exercised in locating something that is not so obvious. 

This happened recently when the ACT Heritage Library received a query about the location of Central Square, Acton in the early 1900s.

A number of references were used to confirm that Central Square was located in front of the Department of the Interior on Lennox Crossing in Acton, but it wasn’t without piecing together clues from online digitised newspapers and unpublished material and published histories in the ACT Heritage Library Collection.

A map of Acton didn’t indicate a Central Square; however, staff used key buildings, such as the General Post Office and Department of the Interior, to research and pin point the location. It was a great “Aha” moment.

Have you had to seek out something not so obvious?

Map source: Australia, Department of the Interior, Property and Survey Branch. 1933. Canberra / compiled & drawn by Property & Survey Branch, Dept. of the Interior, Canberra, 1933 [Online]. Available at: http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-233550418/view [Accessed 14 January 2016].