National Geographic : 1967 Nov
Man-made lake meanders through Canberra, the Washington, D. C., of Australia. Laid out in 1913 ac cording to plans drawn by American architect Walter Burley Griffin, the federal capital takes shape around City Hill with its circular civic center and Capital Hill (not shown), site of Parliament House. Causeway at left leads to a bridge linking the two districts. Flags of two nations fly side by side at Orroral Valley space-tracking station, a joint scientific ven ture of Australia and the United States. Parabolic antenna 85 feet wide monitors orbiting unmanned observatories, the same vital function performed at other Australian stations for manned U. S. flights. Glowing with curiosity, young twins in Canberra's Royal Australian Mint peer at photographs of wildlife portrayed on newly struck coins. In February, 1966, the nation began a two-year transition from pounds, shillings, and pence to decimal currency. A platypus swims on the reverse side of the 20-cent piece at far left. Lyrebird spreads its plumes on the 10-cent coin. Kangaroo and emu hold Australia's coat of arms on the half dollar. Frilled lizard decorates the 2-cent piece, and the feather-tail glider, a flying possum, poises on the 1-cent coin at extreme right. Profile of Queen Elizabeth II adorns obverse sides.