Behind Kingston’s lake views and food and arts scene lies an intriguing industrial past that’s significant in the history of the nation’s capital.
Known first as Eastlake in 1922 and renamed in 1928 after the Premier of South Australia at the time of Federation, Kingston played a valuable role as Canberra’s first industrial precinct.
From as early as 1913, the now-restored Power House, Fitters’ Workshop, rail sidings and later Transport Depot on the Kingston foreshore supported the development of Canberra’s infrastructure and services by supplying the electricity, construction, maintenance and transport services required for the growth of the city.
Canberra’s train station soon joined these essential services, opening down the road, just off Interlake Avenue (now Wentworth Avenue) in 1924.
The workers who built the city lived with their families in timber cottages on the nearby Causeway with a view of scrubby land and sheep paddocks down to the Molonglo River. But in 1963, 50 years after Canberra was chosen as Australia’s capital city, the river was dammed and Walter Burley Griffin’s vision for the central lakes came to life.
Today, you can pay homage to Kingston’s working-class and industrial origins by visiting the repurposed buildings near the foreshore. These old buildings are now woven into the vibrant arts and residential fabric that make Kingston one of Canberra’s most desirable suburbs.
Opening soon, Abode Kingston will have a boutique feel that complements the surrounding streetscape and ambience of this historic area. Local architect Marcus Graham of Stewart Architecture has designed the hotel in line with the ‘vibrant, diverse village’ objective of the Kingston master plan. Its prime location is set to be popular among business and leisure travellers alike.