Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Flying the flag
I realised there was one particularly glaring omission from this blog to date: a photograph of Parliament House. I haven't had the opportunity to get over there recently, so this image is a few years old and taken by my brother on a visit.
Parliament House is built on and into the summit of Capital Hill, and this massive flagmast surmounts the whole structure. The mast is 80 metres high, and the flag itself is about half the size of a tennis court (12.8m x 6.4m) and weighs 15kg. The flagpole is made of polished stainless steel, and our family has a particular connection to it, as my father (who has qualifications in metallurgy, among other things) advised on the type of steel to be used.
Capital Hill, Canberra
Phone: (02) 6277 7111
Open 9.00am-5.00pm (8.30am-5.00pm on sitting days), except Christmas Day.