It is hard to believe that this church building is a former railway station. The railway line went underneath the main arch where the aisle is in the present church (below and right).
Built in 1868, it was the first mortuary station on the branch railway to the necropolis Rookwood near Sydney. Coffins were taken from the train onto the platforms where the side aisles are now, for burial in the cemetery.
The roof of the building burned down in a fire. The Ainslie parish bought the stonework for 100 pounds, and the stonework was transported to Canberra in 1957 where the current roof was built and work done to turn it into the present church.
National Portrait Gallery
In the makings since the early 1900s, the National Portrait Gallery finally moved into a permanent home on King Edward Terrace in 2008 (right).
The building cost $87 million and can display around 500 portraits at a time.
The collection consists of prominent Australians who are important in their field of endeavour or whose life sets them apart as individuals of long-term public interest (far right).
Here are some of my favourites. If you are interested in Australian history it is hard to go past the historical collection e.g. Captain James Cook 1782 (above left) and Governor Darling and his wife Eliza 1825 (above). Above right is part of the Women in Focus gallery, actor Deborah Mailman closest to the camera. Left: Patrick Dodson (Aboriginal activist), Gurrumul Yunupingu (the band Yothu Yindi) & Tom Uren (Labor Party). Right: Ian Thorpe as you’ve never seen him before.