2nd March, 1900 : The search continues for a suitable Federal capital. Many small towns in New South Wales are in a flutter of excitement, and the commissioners charged with examining them seem to come away with good impressions. The coastal town of Eden is especially excited as soundings have been taken of the harbour. At a special Premiers’ Conference in 1899 it was decided the capital was to be situated within a minimum of 100 square miles of territory in NSW, and at a distance of not less than 100 miles from the centre of Sydney.

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