Today is Vietnam Veterans Day in Australia, so here is a picture of the Federation Guard marching in Canberra during the Battle of Binh Ba anniversary service in 2009 (you can find it on other sites these days, but it’s actually my mother’s photo).
Binh Ba was one of Australia’s major victories in the war, and it was one of the last operations my father was part of before returning home.
Over sixty-thousand Australians served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1972.
The National Library of Australia, on the edge of Lake Burley Griffin here in Canberra, was opened by Prime Minister John Gorton on this day in 1968.
Happy 50th Birthday!
Cockatoos in Canberra late this afternoon. There were dozens on the line, but only a few could fit in the shot at a time!
Seagulls on the lake’s edge in Canberra this sunny winter afternoon.
The lake, with Back Mountain and the tower behind it, in Canberra on this sunny Saturday afternoon.
We have a serious kangaroo issue around Canberra. There are even dead kangaroos (hit by cars) on the grounds of Parliament House.
This is the grass around the Royal Australian Mint (where Australia’s money is made). Every time we go past – day or night – there seem to be more kangaroos than the time before.
I’m always stunned to see people in other parts of Australia getting excited when they see a kangaroo in the wild for the first time. They need to come to Canberra! Many of us find them in our own gardens!
Here’s another shot of the National Library of Australia here in Canberra from Friday afternoon.