File photo of wallabies sitting among fresh snow in Namadgi National Park. Photo: Lannon Harley
''I want to have a cold climate chosen for the capital of this Commonwealth,'' the famous and Canberra-influential King O'Malley told the House of Representatives in October 1903 during a debate on where the federal capital should be built. 'The history of the world shows that cold climates have produced the greatest geniuses, all of whom were born north of a certain degree. Take the sons of some of the greatest men of the world and put them in a hot climate like Tumut or Albury [two of many spots being considered, while O'Malley himself was a champion of chillier Bombala, the place he felt God had chosen for the city] and in three generations their lineal descendants will be degenerate.''
LAKE BURLEY GRIFFIN BY KAYAK
Fires rage through western Canberra and turned day into night at 2pm in the afternoon.
The mountain ranges around the region were an inferno.