Dusk over Parliament by Melanie Roberts


Small (23.2" x 14.1")

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Old Parliament House, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Old Parliament House, formerly known as the Provisional Parliament House, was the seat of the Parliament of Australia from 1927 to 1988. The building was opened in 9 May 1927 as a temporary base for the Commonwealth Parliament following its relocation from Melbourne to the new capital, Canberra, until a grander building could be constructed.

Designed by John Smith Murdoch and a team of assistants, the design brief extended from the building to include its gardens, décor and furnishings. The building is in the Stripped Classical Style, common in Australian government buildings constructed in Canberra during the 1920s and 1930s.
The building was intended to be neither temporary nor permanent – only to be a ‘provisional’ building that would serve as a parliament for fifty years. In 1988, the Commonwealth Parliament transferred to the new Parliament House on Capital Hill. It also serves as a venue for temporary exhibitions, lectures and concerts.

Top ten Placing in Australian Travel Photographyand Writing – Aussie Architecture Challenge


  • Raquel O'Neill
    Raquel O'Neillabout 6 years ago

    Love this one Mel!

  • Marilyn Harris
    Marilyn Harrisabout 6 years ago

    Fabulous!! The lighting is just magic!! Love those reflections!! Great work!! :o)

  • Thank you

    – Melanie Roberts

  • Michael Walters
    Michael Waltersabout 6 years ago

    Melanie this is just gob smacking!!! what a stunning shot;)

  • Thanks Michael,

    I’m amazed sometimes at how you can set your camera up the same and sometimes it worls for ou and other times it doesn’t. Rawuel and I were ther for over an hour took 100+ shots and onlya few came good.

    – Melanie Roberts

  • Michael Walters
    Michael Waltersabout 6 years ago

    lol, yep true true true;) but im always happy if i come away with a couple of keepers from any shoot. I take a lot less picture than i use to but really concentrate and try to be as thoughtful and creative as i can on the ones i do take, almost like im shooting on expensive film.

  • Because I was shooting at dusk I did a lot every couple of minutes and used auto bracket to get the differing samples of light.. If you look at the two it goes from purples and golds to blue as it got darker

    – Melanie Roberts

  • Michael Walters
    Michael Waltersabout 6 years ago

    Oh and i forgot to say it was worth it because this is really stunning!

  • It certainly was, although I really like the colour variations in this one

    – Melanie Roberts

  • Michael Walters
    Michael Waltersabout 6 years ago

    Thats what i like, it’s really beautiful, i was hoping for that effect last night here, kind of got it but not like this.

  • Elana Bailey
    Elana Baileyabout 6 years ago

    A truly beautiful shot. Love the mood and colours. Well done. An instant fav.

  • Thank you Elana

    – Melanie Roberts

  • Optimalxpozure
    Optimalxpozureabout 6 years ago


  • Thank you Scott. Hope you are having a good new year ;)

    – Melanie Roberts

  • D Byrne
    D Byrneabout 6 years ago

    excellent light and reflections, nice.

  • Thanks drec

    – Melanie Roberts

  • Rhana Griffin
    Rhana Griffinalmost 6 years ago

    Canberra really does come into it’s own when the sun goes down doesn’t it?

  • It can be a pretty place at night and during the Canberra festival – We get great autmn colours too. Although some of the more modern buildings leave a bit to be desired

    – Melanie Roberts

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