1. What is your capital city?
The capital of Australia is Canberra (many people think it's Sydney, but it isn't!). The name is from an Aboriginal word, Kanbarra, meaning "meeting place".
2. When was the declaration of the city as a capital?
After Australian became a nation in 1901, we needed to choose a capital city. Melbourne and Sydney (the two largest cities) both wanted to be chosen, but it was decided instead to build a special city especially made to be the Australian capital. A section of land, part way between Sydney and Melbourne, was set aside and it was named the "Australian Capital Territory" and this is where Canberra was built. The site was chosen in 1908 and building begin in 1913.
3. What are the government institutions in the city?
Canberra is where all of the Members of the Australian Parliament meet to make decisions about our country.The building they meet in is called Parliament House. Here is a picture of it.
4. Is there an embassy in the city?
There are many embassies in Canberra, including an Israeli one! This is what the entrance looks like.
The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has a few symbols. The flag has the Southern Cross (which is a constellation seen mainly from the Southern Hemisphere) and the Canberra Coat of Arms on it. It looks like this:
The ACT also has the Royal Bluebell as its floral symbol.
We hope this answered all of your questions, Hanita and class. Let us know if you'd like to know anything else!
Love from The Smarties and Mrs N