Tue, 31/08/2010

Mary relaunched the recently refurbished Albert Hall during the ‘What’s it Worth Day’, organised by the Rotary Club of Canberra and the National Trust.

“Most of us who have lived in Canberra for any length of time have great memories of events we have attended at Albert Hall, and in the early days of the city it really was our town hall, hosting all manner of public and private events,” Ms Porter said.

For over 80 years Albert Hall has been the focal point of much of Canberra’s history. In 1949 the first ever Citizenship Ceremony, presided over by Prime Minister Ben Chifley, was held there. It’s also where the Royal Commission sat for ten months and enquired into the circumstances of the defection of Soviet diplomat Vladimir Petrov and his wife in Evdokia 1954.

“The refurbishment has been a major project, and the Friends of Albert Hall have played a significant role in working with the ACT Government to restore Albert Hall to its original glory,” Mary stated.

“Now that Albert Hall is back and open for business, I invite all Canberrans to visit and to perhaps think about having a function here,” Mary concluded

Booking details are available by logging on to www.laps.act.gov.au.

Gallery 2010 Image 26

Mary Porter Image Gallery 2010 - Image 26
Right-Left: Gerard Brennan, Mary, David Marshall and a member of the Public at the “What’s It Worth” at Albert Hall