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HAGSOC Monthly meeting: Alan Foskett: Europeans in the ACT after the World Wars

Event Information

  • 4 Oct 2011 8:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton St
  • Cook
  • Australian Capital Territory
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  • Cost: Free


Alan Foskett:  Europeans in the Australian Capital Territory after the World Wars



At the monthly meeting of The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra on Tuesday 4 October 2011 at 8pm at Cook Community Hub Hall, 41 Templeton Street Cook (6251 7004) our guest speaker will be Mr Alan Foskett.  Alan’s topic will be:  Europeans in the Australian Capital Territory after the World Wars - Two Case Studies:

- Molonglo 1918 to 1920

- The Narrabundah Pre Fabs 1947 – 1952’


The talk will recall how and why ‘alien’ European Internees arrived at Molonglo in 1918 and how ‘more welcome’ Europeans came to live in the Narrabundah pre fabs (1947 to 1952) to help get the building of the national capital up and running in those difficult post WWII years.

Alan was born at West Ryde (Sydney) in 1928.  He came to Canberra in February 1950 and lived at the hostel, Reid House, and later in Ainslie, Reid and Campbell.  He worked for 38 years in the public sector and 12 years as a consultant and a teacher in the University of Canberra’s Faculty of Management.  He retired in 2000.  As a local author and historian, Alan has, since 1993, written and/or published 33 books on aspects of Canberra’s social, economic and urban history, eight of which have received ACT Heritage Grants.


In recent times, Alan has received the following awards related to his writing and publishing:

2005 – ACT Chief Minister’s Lifetime Achievement Award

2006 – ACT Minister for Heritage’s Living Treasure Award

2009 – Order of Australia Medal

2010 – Federation of Australian Historical Societies’ National Merit Award.


There is no charge and visitors are welcome.