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I want to know about the largest inland city of Australia. Please tell me about it if you know. Thanks!
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Canberra, capital city of Australia, is the largest inland city with a population of over 345,000. It is at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and 280 km (170 mi) south-west of Sydney. Residents of Canberra are known as a "Canberrans".
The area where Canberra is located was selected for the capital of the country in 1908 as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne. Canberra is entirely a planned city unusual among other Australian cities. A blueprint by the American architects named Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin was chosen and construction commenced following an international contest for the design of the city in 1913. The plan designed for the city by Griffins featured geometric motifs e.g. circles, hexagons and triangles, and it was centered around axes aligned with significant topographical landmarks in the Australian Capital Territory.
The garden city movement of that time influenced the design of the city and it incorporates vast areas of natural vegetation. Because of that Canberra got the title of the "bush capital". World Wars and the Great Depression hindered the growth and development of Canberra. All these events exacerbated a series of planning disputes and the ineffectiveness of a sequence of bodies badly affected the development of the city. Canberra emerged as a thriving city after World War II, as Prime Minister Robert Menzies played a very vital role in its development. He formed National Capital Development Commission with executive powers. The federal government of the Australia retains some influence through the National Capital Authority. However, the Australian Capital Territory is now self-governing body and flourishing with great pace.
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