Construction in Old Admin Area in the late 1940s. Photo: ANU Archives.

Construction in Old Admin Area in the  late 1940s. Photo: ANU Archives.

Folio - From a shed in a paddock

It is hard to imagine that once upon a time the buildings on ANU campus consisted only of prefabricated buildings in the middle of an old pastoral property.

The Sydney Morning Herald described the campus in 1950 as “still a shed in a paddock". The Acton area had been occupied by Aboriginal people for more than 20,000 years and was settled for pastoralisation in the 1820s.