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Memento : Issue 22
To visit the Hotel Canberra, go to Commonwealth Avenue in the centre of the national capital -- or visit Changwon in South Korea. If you catch a taxi to the hotel in Changwon, don't be surprised if your driver talks about Canberra as Changwon's older brother. Canberra resident Shaun Holloway discovered this connection when he met a Changwon local, Deok-Sun Lee, who was studying English in Canberra. Shaun then went to Changwon to teach English for a year. It's no coincidence that the planned city of Changwon has a central circle with four radiating roads and a lake because it took Canberra, Australia as its model. Changwon's high-rise apartments don't bear much resemblance to Canberra's generally low level skyline, but Shaun says the city's clean, planned look reminds him of home. Changwon also bears much the same relation to the more chaotic, unplanned cities of Seoul and Pusan as Canberra does to Sydney and Melbourne. Shaun has returned to Canberra but now has a special connection to Changwon. He married Deok-Sun. Both have a dream that one day Canberra and Changwon will have a sister city relationship in addition to their brotherly connection based on design. 16 memento january 2003 Canberra s Changwon connection Shaun Holloway with brochure on Changwon, at our Griffin exhibition in Canberra MORE THAN JUST A As part of the 2001 census, all Australians were given the opportunity of taking their place in history. By ticking 'yes' to question 50, they agreed to having microfilm copies of their returns kept in a time capsule for 99 years before being opened. The Australian Bureau of Statistics handed over the last roll of microfilm to us on 24 September 2002. In all, there were 1,422 rolls of film containing information on almost 10 million people. The microfilms have been deposited in one of our security vaults where they will remain until they are released to the public on 7 August 2100. The Australian Statistician, Dennis Trewin, removes the last roll of microfilm from its security case before presenting it for safekeeping to our Acting Director-General, Anne-Marie Schwirtlich. ' number