With the United States-style, open-air shopping centre now firmly established in Australia, the next logical step was to the fully-enclosed "pedestrian precinct".

Canberra, Australia's capital, beat Sydney and Melbourne to the punch with the completion of its MONARO ["muh-NAIR-oh"] MALL, which began trading to the public on March 6, 1963. 

MONARO MALL originally encompassed approximately 200,000 lettable square feet and housed forty-six tenants. Billed as "A whole city block under one roof", the complex was also the nation's first 3-level shopping centre. It has been known as CANBERRA CENTRE since October 1989.
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