Two women tending opium poppies at a CSIRO field in Canberra's north as part of medical research in the 1940s.

Two women tending opium poppies at a CSIRO field in Canberra's north as part of medical research in the 1940s.

Celebrating CSIRO in Canberra

When the CSIRO was formed by an Act of Parliament in 1927, it made its home in Canberra. In Canberra's centenary year, CSIRO looks at our history in the nation's capital.

  • 24 June 2013 | Updated 17 September 2013

CSIRO's work in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has helped form the backbone of the Canberra community, from our laboratories on Black Mountain, in Yarralumla, Gungahlin, offices in the city and at the Australian National University, and various field stations across the region, our staff number in their tens of thousands over these years.

Our science has been the cause of victory and achievement and occasionally headache and heartache for those in power at Parliament House.

In turn, they raised their families in the region, many of when share fond memories of visiting their parents at work, and many of whom went on to careers in science, and with multiple generations of families working for the organisation.

Our science has been the cause of victory and achievement and occasionally headache and heartache for those in power at Parliament House.

Meanwhile, the research conducted here has seen the nation change in those 100 years, from agriculturally dependant to a main player on the world stage of industry and innovation.

Delivered simultaneously as a website, a physical map and an interactive iPad/iPhone app,'Celebrating CSIRO in Canberra' will take participants on a self-guided tour through CSIRO's history in the region.

These pages explore our past, present and future in the ACT.

Available now, the 'CSIRO 100' app will lead you on a walking tour of CSIRO through Canberra's history.

Read more about the Centenary of Canberra [external link] or visit the Apple iTunes store [external link].