Corinna's Canberra: Reid

Corinna’s Canberra: Reid

Formerly known as South Ainslie, Reid is one of Canberra’s oldest suburbs. The suburb is situated right next to the Canberra city and is on the left-hand side as you drive up ANZAC Parade, towards the War Memorial. Reid was originally constructed to provide housing for public servants in preparation for the opening of Parliament House in 1927. However, in 1928 Reid was identified as its own suburb and separated from the suburb of Ainslie, when it was renamed after Australia’s fourth Prime Minister, Sir George Reid (Source: A Look Around Canberra-Reid).

Image from Wikipedia Commons

Image from Wikipedia Commons

George Reid was Prime Minister of Australia for only a short time. His period in office was only eleven months, covering the time from 18th August 1904 until 5th July 1905 however he was the second longest-serving Prime Minister in the first seven federal governments (Source: http://primeministers.naa.gov.au/primeministers/reid/in-office.aspx).

Reid is home to a number of heritage listed buildings and landmarks such as the Canberra Korean Church (Uniting Church) and St John the Baptist Church, the oldest church in Canberra. Also located in Reid is the Canberra Institute of Technology which is currently the largest provider of vocational education and training in the ACT. Reid is also within walking distance to both Canberra city as well as Mt Ainslie, one of the mountains Canberrans like to walk up for exercise. Interestingly, this mountain is a very popular spot for marriage proposals, with its romantic night time view of Canberra.

Reid is a quiet, picturesque suburb with its pretty, tree-lined streets and beautiful buildings. It is certainly a lovely place to have a wander through next time you are close by.

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