Public Health Emergency in the ACT

A Public Health Emergency has been declared in the ACT for the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

Caretaker period

On 11 September 2020, the ACT Government assumed a Caretaker role, with an election to be held 17 October 2020. Information on this website will be published in accordance with the Guidance on Caretaker Conventions until after the election and conclusion of the caretaker period.

Canberra Like us on facebook Follow us on twitter Follow us on Google+

Building a Life: The Jennings Germans story

The fingerprints of the ‘Jennings Germans’ are all over Canberra – but who were they?

This exhibition explores the lives and legacy of the 150 German carpenters who came to Canberra in the early 1950s to build 1850 homes for construction company AV Jennings.

After travelling halfway around the world, these young men began to build not only houses, but also a life for themselves. Brick by brick and friendship by friendship, they altered the physical and cultural landscape of the young capital and left a legacy that has lasted generations.

Dates and times:

From 21 July 2020 to 7 November 2020

3 October:10:00 to 17:00
5 October:10:00 to 17:00
6 October:10:00 to 17:00
7 October:10:00 to 17:00
8 October:10:00 to 17:00
9 October:10:00 to 17:00
10 October:10:00 to 17:00

Contact operator for further dates and times


Phone:02 6207 3968


Canberra Museum and Gallery
Cnr London Circuit and Civic Square
Canberra City
Canberra City  ACT  2601


Free entry