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General

Canberra is the capital city of Australia. With a population of over 334,000 it is Australia's largest inland city. The city is located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), 280km South-West of Sydney and 650km North-East of Melbourne. The site for Canberra was selected for the location of the nation's capital in 1908 as a compromise between age-old rivals Sydney and Melbourne, Australia's two largest cities.

                  

It is unusual among Australian cities, being an entirely purpose-built, planned city. Following an international contest for the city's design, a design by the Chicago architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mohony Griffin was selected and construction commenced in 1913. The city's design was heavily influenced by the garden city movement and incorporates significant areas of natural vegetation that have earned Canberra the title "bush capital". Although the growth and development of Canberra were hindered by the World Wars and the Great Depression, it emerged as a thriving cit after World War II.

As the seat of government of Australia, Canberra is the site of Parliament House, the High Court of Australia and numerous Government departments and agencies. It is also the location of many social and cultural institutions of national significance, such as the National Gallery of Australia and the National Museum of Australia. The federal government contributes the largest percentage of Gross State Product and is the largest single employer in Canberra.