Dissertation Research in Canberra

Amidst work and writing assignments, I’ve had had to start planning my dissertation whilst on my year abroad. As it’s on Australian history I needed to find primary sources, so I decided to use research as an excuse to go on a trip to Canberra. This blog will hence be academic with a hint of fun.

First of all, if you’re in Sydney you should definitely coach it down to Canberra. It cost us $60 each return for a 3.5 hour drive, and considering it’s in the Australian Capital Territory it’s an easy way to tick another state/territory off your list!

We stayed near the Australian Parliament, meaning we could walk to all the places I needed for research, but we were also near bus stops to get us to the city centre and other sights. Despite being the capital city of Australia, Canberra is quite small and quiet, making it a nice change to the other cities I’ve visited across the country.

Here are some of my highlights from our 2 night stay:

National Library of Australia


Never underestimate how helpful state and national libraries can be!

Australian War Memorial


The public can buy poppies and place them next to the names of Australian soldiers who perished


Parliament House


Trying to disguise how cold I was whilst exploring the heart of federal politics

National Archives of Australia


This is just a small glimpse into the sources that are available for studying, particularly History, and how you can also make academics fun. Having a balance is always important at uni, but you also want to try and make the most of your year abroad without getting too distracted from the studying side of things! As ever, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me on Facebook 🙂


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