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  View of sculptural detail, Café Australia, Melbourne, c.1916–1919. National Library of Australia, Eric Milton Nicholls collection, PIC/9929/670, Album 1092/3  
 

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Inspired voices – the Griffin legacy at Castlecrag
Guided walk
Saturday 6 May 2017
10.00am to 12.30pm

To celebrate the Australian Heritage Festival and its 2017 theme of ‘Having a Voice’, the Walter Burley Griffin Society is organising a guided walk at Castlecrag.

The internationally renowned suburb of Castlecrag was designed by Walter Burley Griffin in the 1920s as a residential community inspired by the ecological and aesthetic qualities of the landscape of Middle Harbour and its foreshores.

You are invited to take a guided tour past Griffin houses and through some of the reserves and walkways at Castlecrag and hear, in Griffin’s own words, the special qualities and aspects he implemented at Castlecrag.

Please bring hat, walking shoes and water.

Cost: Adult $20; Concession/Student $15; Child $0
Member (Walter Burley Griffin Society and National Trust) $15

Bookings essential at
https://www.trybooking.com/OMYW  
Further information: phone 02 9958 4516
or email  info@griffinsociety.org

Meeting place for the walk – nature strip outside 136 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag.

Barbette Streetscape Castlecrag
Eucalypts and bushland along The Barbette, Castlecrag, 2012

 

A circus opera The Carnival
17 and 18 February 2017

The Concourse, Chatswood, Sydney, Australia

Special performances of The Carnival will raise money for the Haven Amphitheatre reconstruction project.

Described as "circus opera" The Carnival debuted on London's West End in 2011 and is composed by very talented Castlecrag-born Chloe Charody.

Another of Chloe's operas is currently on tour in Europe where she is rapidly becoming a leading female composer.

Soprano Valda Wilson will be The Carnival's leading lady. Valda, also Castlecrag-born, won Opera Foundation Australia's scholarship to train at the National Opera Studio, London. She has been a principal soprano at the Oldenburg State Theatre, Germany since 2014 and in December 2016 sang the title role in Handel's Theodora for Pinchgut Opera in Sydney.

The Carnival will be an amazing performance, and you are encouraged to purchase tickets so as not to miss this fabulous and innovative circus opera and to help fundraising for the Haven Amphitheatre reconstruction project.

The performances are being organised by Haven Promotions Inc. Book now:
www.havenpromotions.com
Box office (02) 8075 8111
www.theconcourse.com.au
Ticketek 1300 795 012

The Carnival Poster

 


Pholiota Unlocked
7 October to 23 October 2016
(see website below for times)
Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne

This amazing project by the Melbourne School of Design's Master of Architecture students led by Philip Goad at the University of Melbourne, is open until 23 October 2016. The students have manufactured over 2300 full-size Knitlock tiles in plaster of paris for this 1:1 reconstruction of the Griffins’ own tiny Eaglemont home.
https://www.festival.melbourne/2016/events/pholiota-unlocked/#.V9FbJyN97ax

View video clip of the students assembling the tiles to build the replica  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlSo-qW0QDw

The Pholiota Unlocked exhibition is on the ground floor (actually down steps to a lower level) of the Melbourne School of Design, located a few buildings away from Newman College. FREE exhibition.

Pholiota
Pholiota’, the Griffins own house, Heidelberg, Victoria. Photograph c 1925 – 1930. Eric Milton Nicholls Collection. National Library of Australia.

 

Ethereal Eye
15 and 16 October 2016
(see website below for times)
Newman College Dining Hall, University of Melbourne

Jonathan Mills’ musical homage to the Griffins to be performed in their Newman College Dining Hall along with stunning projections onto the hall’s magnificent domed interior. Projection artist Ian de Gruchy, plus dancing by Leigh Warren and Delia Silvan. Tickets are $28 and can be booked at https://www.festival.melbourne/2016/events/ethereal-eye/#.V_t7tiN97aw

 

Inside the Ethereal Eye
14, 15,16, 21, 22, 23 October 2016
(see website below for times)
The Arts West Atrium, Professors Walk, University of Melbourne

Immersive projections exploring Newman College Dining Hall and the ceiling of the Capitol Theatre on an ultra-high-resolution 6 metre wide projection dome, by two of the world's leading new-media artists, Sarah Kenderdine and Jeffrey Shaw in collaboration with the University of Melbourne's Transformative Technologies Research Unit. FREE exhibition.
https://www.festival.melbourne/2016/events/inside-the-ethereal-eye/#.V_uFACN97aw

Inside-Ethereal-Eye
Image: Sarah Kenderdine. Melbourne Festival 2016 website.

 

 

Events Archive

Griffin Houses Open Day
Saturday 17 September 2016
from 10am – 3pm
Castlecrag

Immerse yourself in the Griffins’ Castlecrag by visiting the interiors of a number of houses designed by Walter Burley Griffin which will be open for viewing with guided walks going between the houses. This is a rare opportunity to see the interior design features of some of the Griffin houses at Castlecrag built in the 1920s and early 30s.

Where: Starting point 140 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag

Cost: Adult $60; Member $45; Student/Concession $45; Family of four $150
Bookings essential
Tickets: www.trybooking.com/212476
Enquiries: info@griffinsociety.org
Presented by the Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc.
and supported by Willoughby City Council

Open Day
Johnson house, one of the Griffin houses that will be open for viewing on Saturday 17 September. Photographer Eric Sierins, 2013


Griffin Talks

Saturday 17 September 2016 at 4pm
Marion Mahony Griffin Hall, Castlecrag

Following the open houses there will be two illustrated talks in the nearby Marion Mahony Griffin Hall. The first talk The Melson House Revealed: An Owner’s Perspective will detail the history of this highly significant house designed by Griffin and built in Mason City, USA in 1912. The talk will be given by visiting American art historian and author Peggy Bang, from Mason City, who is owner of the Melson house.

This will be followed by a talk about Marion Mahony Griffin by senior journalist Glenda Korporaal author of the recently published book titled Making Magic: the Marion Mahony Griffin Story.
The events will showcase the artistic, architectural and planning achievements of the Griffins.

Where: Marion Mahony Griffin Hall, Glenaeon Infants School
121 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag

Cost: Adult $15; Member $10; Student/Concession $10; Family of four $40
Bookings essential
Tickets: www.trybooking.com/212489
Enquiries: 9958 4516 or info@griffinsociety.org
Presented by the Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc.
and supported by Willoughby City Council

View the web video

Griffin Talks
Melson house, Mason City, USA the subject of visiting American Professor Peggy Bang’s talk. Photographed by Adrienne Kabos, 2014


Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture 2016
Wednesday 14 September at 7.30pm – 8.30pm
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace, Canberra


The Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc.invites you to the 7th Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture.

The guest speaker Peggy Bang, visiting retired Visual Arts Professor from the USA will give an illustrated talk entitled The Melson House Revealed: An Owner's Perspective which will detail the history of this highly significant and unusual house designed by Griffin and built in Mason City, USA in 1912.

Peggy served as president of Wright on the Park Inc and was instrumental in saving and restoring Frank Lloyd Wright's Park Inn Hotel and Wright's Stockman House in Mason City, Iowa. She and her husband Roger, businessman and former Mayor, own the historic Melson House in Mason City. Copies of her richly illustrated book about the Melson House will be available for sale on the night. 

Cost: Adult $10; Members $5; Student/Concession $5
Bookings essential
Tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/marion-mahony-griffin-lecture-2016-tickets-26874719008

MMG Lecture 2016
Marion Mahony (1871–1961), photograph courtesy Art Institute of Chicago

The talk will follow a specially designed coach tour of Griffin related sites in Canberra. The tour details will be finalised shortly. If you would like to take part, please contact info@griffinsociety.org

PARKING: The Main Entrance doors are not open after 5pm. There are two areas available for parking. There is an entry to a large carpark on the old Parliament House side of the NAA, off Queen Victoria Terrace. From that place there are some stairs down to the midway doors of the building. The other parking place is also off QVTerrace, but nearer Kings Ave, with a street level entrance midway along the building. 

 

Heritage Festival events in Castlecrag 2016

To celebrate the National Trust’s Heritage Festival and its 2016 theme of ‘Discovery and Rediscovery’, the Walter Burley Griffin Society is organising two events on 16 April.

1. Rediscovering the Griffins’ Castlecrag – guided walk
Saturday 16 April 2016, 10.00am – 12.30pm

The internationally renowned suburb of Castlecrag was designed by Walter Burley Griffin in the 1920s as a residential community inspired by the ecological and aesthetic qualities of the landscape of Middle Harbour and its foreshores.

You are invited to take a guided tour past Griffin houses and through some of the reserves and walkways at Castlecrag and learn about their history and the special community that the Griffins fostered at Castlecrag.

Please bring hat, walking shoes and water.
Meet at 136 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag.

Cost: Adults $20; Children $10; Family $50; Concession $15
Members (Walter Burley Griffin Society and National Trust) $15
Come to this event and the Castlecrag talk in the afternoon to enjoy a $5 discount (Castlecrag has many cafés to enjoy lunch between the two events).
Bookings essential:  www.trybooking.com/JZGG
Further information: info@griffinsociety.org

Cheong houseABOVE: Moon house at right, with the Cheong house on the left, early 1930s. Photographer Hermann Junge.

2. Rediscovering the Griffins’ Castlecrag: the people and places in the 1930s and 40s
Saturday 16 April 2016, 2.30pm – 4pm

A panel of former residents will discuss living in Castlecrag in the early years of the Griffin-inspired community, covering aspects including how the community evolved, children's play, the landscape, memorable personalities, stories about the Griffins, knitlock, public transport; cars, houses, shops, army camps, street tree plantings. To accompany the discussion there will also be a slide show of photographs from the 1920s and 30s from a recently-discovered collection.

Light refreshments provided.

Where: Marion Mahony Griffin Hall, Glenaeon Infants School
121 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag

Cost: Adults $20; Children $10; Family $50; Concession $15
Members (Walter Burley Griffin Society and National Trust) $15
Come to this event and also to the walk in the morning to enjoy a $5 discount

Bookings essential:  www.trybooking.com/JZGG
Further information: info@griffinsociety.org

View the web video

Afternoon Tea near The PinnacleABOVE: Castlecrag residents, including Emma Junge at left, enjoying an al fresco afternoon tea near ‘The Pinnacle’, Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag with Middle Harbour behind. Photographer Hermann Junge, early 1930s. 

Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture 2015
Wednesday 21 October at 7.30pm
National Archives of Australia
Parkes Terrace, Canberra

The Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc invites you to the sixth Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture.

The guest speaker Dr Jennifer McFarlane will give an illustrated talk titled:  A profession worked along (unorthodox) spiritual lines – Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin.

Brett Odgers of the Canberra Chapter of the Society will introduce the evening and speak briefly about recent planning changes and proposals for central Canberra.

Trevor Lee, Canberra architect and Griffin scholar, will also speak briefly on his  Recent Finds: Marion Mahony Griffin's personal esoteric library in Chicago.

Tickets:  WBGS Members $5;  Non-members $10;  Students $5

Bookings for this event can be made through: 
http://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-walter-burley-griffin-society-canberra-chapter-8519839305?s=45958401

Marion Mahony Lecture 2015
Marion Mahony (1871–1961), photograph courtesy Art Institute of Chicago

MMG Lecture 2015 preliminary talk by Trevor Lee. The assistance and co-operation of the Anthroposophical Society in Chiago and Sydney in this research is much appreciated.

Recent finds of MMG esoteric library 2015 presentation.

MMG Lecture 2015 by Dr Jennifer McFarlane

 

Visionaries in Suburbia book launch
17 September 2015

The Walter Burley Griffin Society’s new book Visionaries in Suburbia: Griffin Houses in the Sydney Landscape was launched on 17 September at the Art Space in Willoughby Incinerator, Sydney designed by Walter Burley Griffin and his partner Eric Nicholls in 1933 and recently restored by Willoughby City Council.

After more than three years of research, writing, sourcing images, designing, editing and publishing, we celebrated the launch with well over 100 members and guests. Mayor of Willoughby City, Cr Gail Giles-Gidney and heritage planner Sheridan Burke gave guest speeches and the Society’s Patron John McInerney, former deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney, officiated as MC.

Also present were the newly elected Mayor of Ku-ring-gai Cr Cheryl Szatow, and the former mayor Cr Jennifer Anderson, now the Chair of Ku-ring-gai Council’s Heritage Reference Committee. Attendees from Willoughby City Council included Cr Judith Rutherford and Cr Lynne Saville, Chair of the Willoughby Heritage Advisory Committee. 

In her speech Mayor Gail stated that the book “celebrates and documents the unique legacy left to us by Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin, who worked hard to preserve the natural landscape, cultivate sustainable living and create a cohesive community … As a resident of Castlecrag, I am honoured to be able to experience this astounding legacy every day – from the physical environment of the incredible buildings, streetscapes, landscapes, reserves and walkways, to the great sense of community that Castlecrag fosters. The Walter Burley Griffin Society is a local community group that has grown from this ethos and their production of Visionaries in Suburbia is a monumental accomplishment – connecting us to our past and creating an understanding and appreciation of the roots of the Castlecrag community".  

Book Launch
ABOVE (L–R): Mayor of Willoughby City, Cr Gail Giles-Gidney, the Society’s Patron John McInerney, Chair of Ku-ring-gai Council’s Heritage Reference Committee Cr Jennifer Anderson, Coordinating Editors Dr Anne Watson and Adrienne Kabos, photograph by Michael Thomson.

The Society is most grateful to its many generous sponsors (listed in the front of the book) who made possible the task of printing a high quality book in Australia and retailing the book at a reasonable price, without having to compromise content, quality or price.

Heritage planner and guest speaker Sheridan Burke’s speech.

RRP: $59.95 available in good bookstores around Australia and online at:http://www.manic.com.au/Visionaries-in-Suburbia-Griffin-Houses-in-the-Sydney-Landscape.html

Book Launch
ABOVE (top left clockwise) The Society’s Vice President Akky van Ogtrop greets the Mayor of Willoughby City, Cr Gail Giles-Gidney;  Mayor of Ku-ring-gai Cr Cheryl Szatow with the Society’s Patron John McInerney and Mayor Gail, photograph by Michael Thomson.;  Members and guests at the book launch are introduced to guest speaker Mayor Gail, photograph by Bob McKillop;  Maisy Stapleton, photographer Eric Sierins, historian Dr Ian Hoskins and the books coordinating editor Dr Anne Watson;  Heritage planner and guest speaker Sheridan Burke, photograph by Michael Thomson.


Castlecrag Community Fair
Sunday 7 June 2015
10.00am to 3.00pm
Castlecrag Shopping Village
Edinburgh Road and The Postern

The Walter Burley Griffin Society will once again have a stall at the biennial fair organised by the Castlecrag Progress Association.

The Society will have on display some knitlock tiles, a concrete building block developed by Walter Burley Griffin and David Charles Jenkins, patented in 1917. The segmental building system was used to build several Griffin designed houses in Castlecrag and a number in Melbourne.

A new book about the fascinating Melson house, designed by Griffin at Rock Crest Rock Glen, Mason City, Iowa, USA, will be for sale. It is titled The Melson House Revealed: An Owner’s Perspective and is by Peggy Bang. Also for sale will be greeting cards with two of Marion Mahony Griffin’s magnificent forest portraits.

Fair 2011
ABOVE: The Society’s stall at the Castlecrag Community Fair 2011 with a close-up of the showcase with knitlock tiles and photograph of a knitlock machine used to manufacture the knitlock tiles. The actual machine is on display at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra


Guided walking tour – The Griffins' Creative Forces: Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin at Castlecrag

Saturday 23 May 2015
10.30am to 1.00pm

A guided walking tour through some of the reserves and walkways at Castlecrag created by the Griffins based on their environmental and community ideals.

The internationally renowned suburb of Castlecrag was designed by Walter Burley Griffin in the 1920s as a residential community inspired by the ecological and aesthetic qualities of the landscape of Middle Harbour and its foreshores.

Learn about some of the creative forces Walter and Marion Mahony Griffin brought to their work at Castlecrag and the environmental ideals and community life they fostered here.

Please bring hat, walking shoes and water.

Cost:  Adults $20;  Children $10;  Family $50;  Concession $15
Walter Burley Griffin Society members and National Trust members $15

Bookings essential: info@griffinsociety.org or phone Kerry on 02 9958 4516
specific address given on booking.

The Parapet, Castlecrag, 2014ABOVE: The avenue of Lemon Scented Gums in The Parapet, Castlecrag, 2014. Curved tree-lined roads that follow the contours, foreshore reserves and numerous walkways are just some of the creative features of the Griffins’ Castlecrag

Invitation to AGM                                                        
Sunday
19 October 2014
The Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc. cordially invites you to its twenty sixth Annual General Meeting Sunday 19 October 2014 at 2.00pm at Greenwich Community Hall, 46–50 Greenwich Road, Greenwich, Sydney, Australia in the centenary year of when the Griffins arrived in Australia and first settled in Greenwich.

Light refreshments will be served.

Followed at 3.30pm by guest speaker Adrienne Kabos

‘Protecting the Griffin legacy in Australia and
at Rock Crest/Rock Glen, USA
'

Blythe House
Blythe House, Rock Glen, Mason City, Iowa, USA, 1912-1913.
Photographed by Adrienne Kabos 2014

Canberra centenary celebrations
Thursday 15 August to Saturday 17 August 2013

On the centenary of Walter Burley Griffin’s arrival in Australia, the Walter Burley Griffin Society is celebrating the Griffins’ Canberra as part of the Canberra 100 program of events.

Join us to celebrate in the following events:

Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture 2013
The Magic of Australia
Thursday 15 August 2013, 6.00pm
The Shine Dome, Australian Academy of Science
Gordon Street, Canberra

The Walter Burley Griffin Society invites you to the fifth annual
Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture to be given by architect Caroline Pidcock.

Program and biography

Proudly supported by the ACT Government Community Centenary Initiatives Fund.

Tickets:  WBGS Members $20 (earlybird bookings $15 until 30 June); 
Non-members $25; Students $10
Bookings essential: http://www.trybooking.com/CHPJ

MMG Lecture
Marion Mahony (1871–1961), photograph courtesy Art Institute of Chicago

Sponsors' Logos


Symposium
The Griffins’ Canberra: 100 years
Friday 16 August 2013, 12.45pm – 4.30pm

The Shine Dome, Australian Academy of Science
Gordon Street, Canberra

Join three leading international experts on the Griffins as they talk about the influences and ideals that underpin the Griffin design for Canberra, and its international significance.

Professor Emeritus Paul Kruty
Professor Emeritus of Architectural History at the University of Illinois, USA
Walter Burley Griffin’s Ideas about Architecture, Landscape and Planning, 1901–1913

Professor James Weirick
Director of the Master of Urban Development and Design Course, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales
100th anniversary of Walter Burley Griffin – Griffin and Canberra

Professor Dr. Karl Fischer
Acting director of the Master of Urban Development and Design Course, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales; University of Kassel, Germany (2009 – 2012)
The Urbanism of the Griffin Plan – a 21st century international perspective


Program and biographies

Proudly supported by an Australian Government Your Community Heritage Grant.

Tickets: WBGS Members $75 (earlybird bookings $65 until 30 June);
Non-members $85; Students $30
Bookings essential: http://www.trybooking.com/CHQR

Symposium

 

Bus tour – The Griffins’ Canberra
Saturday 17 August 2013, 9.30am – 1pm

Professor James Weirick will give this guided tour which will include looking at the Griffins’ land and water axes, their plans for a railway line and central station, urban centres and suburban ideals.

Tickets: WBGS members $35, non-members $45
Bookings essential: http://www.trybooking.com/CHSW

Bus Tour

 

 

2012 — 100 years since the Griffins won the Australian National Capital Competition

On 23 May 1912, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, King O’Malley announced that the winner of the Australian National Capital Competition was entry 29, the entry by Mr Walter Burley Griffin, architect and landscape artist, Steinway Hall, Chicago, Illinois.

On that day at the official announcement, Mr O’Malley stated “What we wanted was the best the world can give us and we have got it”.1

For further information about the Griffins’ winning entry:
http://www.griffinsociety.org/index.html
http://www.idealcity.org.au/

1 Canberra 1912: Plans and Planners of the Australian Capital Competition, John W. Reps, Melbourne University Press 1997, p100.

Detail from ‘Section A–B Northerly Side of Water Axis: Black Mountain to Lake Park’
Detail from ‘Section A–B Northerly Side of Water Axis: Black Mountain to Lake Park’
showing the central railway station and cathedral. Illustration by Marion Mahony Griffin, 1911. National Archives of Australia: A710 42

 

Heritage Guided Tours of the Capitol Theatre, Melbourne

Guided tours of the magnificent theatre interior, designed by the Griffins in 1922, are conducted on the 3rd Friday of March, May, June, July, August, September, October and November on a continuous basis from 10am until 3.00pm (last tour start time).

Trained volunteer guides tell visitors of the history of the Theatre, the changes that have been made over 80 years and show them through the foyers and the auditorium. There is a short audiovisual presentation on the screen at the end of the tour. A Gold coin donation, per person, would be appreciated.

No bookings are required for groups under five persons; over five it would
be best to contact Kay Kinder, the Booking Officer at RMIT on
(03) 9925-1773 to make a booking so extra guides can be in attendance.

Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture
Celebrating the Griffins’ contribution to Canberra as a modern planned capital city.
Thursday 30 August 2012 at 6.00pm
Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia, Canberra

The Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc invites you to the fourth annual Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture.

In the centenary year of the Griffins' winning design for Canberra, join conservation planner Sheridan Burke as she reflects on Canberra in relation to recent listings of modern heritage places through the World Heritage Convention.

Sheridan’s commitment to the Griffins includes curating and conserving their first Castlecrag house for the Historic Houses Trust of NSW, and preparing the Heritage Assessment and Conservation Plan for Lake Burley Griffin for the National Capital Authority. She leads the Canberra office of heritage consultants Godden Mackay Logan and is the President of the International Council of Monuments and Sites Twentieth Century Heritage Scientific Committee, adviser to UNESCO.

Tickets: $20.00 (WBGS or NMA Members); $25.00 (Non-members)

Seating limited. Bookings essential: http://www.trybooking.com/BMNQ
Enquiries email info@griffinsociety.org

Marion Mahony
Marion Mahony (1871–1961), photograph courtesy Art Institute of Chicago

 

Book launch
Marion Mahony Reconsidered
Thursday 11 August, 6.00 for 6.30pm
Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney

After a long gestation David van Zanten’s Marion Mahony Reconsidered is out.  Authors include Americans David van Zanten, Alice Friedman and Paul Kruty, and Sydney academics James Weirick (UNSW) and Anna Rubbo (University of Sydney).  

According to the book cover, “the essays take us on an ambitious journey from Mahony's origins in the Chicago suburbs, through her years as Wright's right-hand woman and her bohemian life with her husband here (US) and in Australia – whose new capital city, Canberra, she  helped to  plan – up until her golden years in the middle of the 20th century”.

Book Cover

Anticipating the lead up to Canberra’s 1913 centenary, Marion Mahony Reconsidered provides new insights into the co-designer of Canberra. The Sydney launch at Gleebooks will be hosted by the Walter Burley Griffin Society. Professor Alec Tzannes, Dean of the Faculty of the Built Environment at UNSW, will lead a conversation with James Weirick and Anna Rubbo.

Marion Mahony Reconsidered, David Van Zanten (ed.), Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011, 176pp.

 

PUBLIC MEETING
Save The Lake Shore – 
Stop these unnecessary memorials!
Wednesday 23 March 2011, 7.30pm 
Albert Hall, Canberra

This public meeting with a panel of eminent speakers has been called
by the Lake War Memorials Forum, a group of concerned organisations
including the Walter Burley Griffin Society’s Canberra Chapter.

Operating behind closed doors and indifferent to overwhelming
public opposition, a group called the Memorials Development Committee
has been allocated land on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin to construct
two unsightly, unnecessary monoliths which have been rejected by many
veterans. The existing Australian War Memorial provides a fitting monument
to those who served in the two world wars.

The Walter Burley Griffin Society is concerned about the adverse impacts
on Griffin’s land axis and the design and vistas of his National Capital plan.
Further information:
www.lakewarmemorialsforum.org

War MemorialPhoto montage Karina Lee, reproduced with permission of the Lake War Memorial Forum

 

Walking tour
Walter Burley Griffin building for nature – Castlecrag
Sunday 10 April2011
There are two walk times as follows:
10.00am and 10.45am

As part of the National Trust Heritage Festival 2011 and its theme of “Amazing Stories”, the Society will take two guided tours of the Griffins’ Castlecrag. They will go past Griffin houses and through walkways and reserves. Hear how the Griffins planned the ideal suburb where dwellings were subordinate to the landscape and the Middle Harbour foreshore was dedicated to the community.
Wear walking shoes, hat and bring water. Duration approx 2 hours.
Bookings essential: tel 9958 4516
info@griffinsociety.org
Cost: $10 WBGS members; $15 non-members. Meeting place provided on purchase of ticket.

 

Canberra International Music Festival 2011
8 – 22 May

The festival aims to celebrate the centenary of the creation of the ACT and of the designs of Canberra by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony (and the 50th anniversary of Marion’s death). The design of the city will be explored by performing concerts at the key nexus points with a strong
program focus on groundbreaking American works.

A full and varied program of 34 concerts will be performed
over the two week period.
Further information: www.cimf.org.au
Bookings: www.canberraticketing.com.au
or (02) 6275 2700.

 

Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture
Marion Mahony Griffin Architect: feisty true believer and free spirit
Tuesday 12 April 2011 at 6.00pm
Canberra Business Event Centre, Regatta Point

Commonwealth Park, Canberra

The Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc invites you to the third annual
Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture
a talk by Rosemarie Willett, B.Arch. M.B.Env.

Rosemarie’s presentation will engage with Marion as a person, architect and outstanding communicator of architectural ideas. A registered architect in Sydney, Rosemarie came to Canberra in 1983 to work on Parliament House for Mitchell Giurgola and Thorp. In undertaking extensive research on the planning of Canberra, she resurrected her dormant passion for the Griffins’ creative abilities and their connection with the ideas of Louis Sullivan.

Tickets:  Members $10;  Non-members $15 (seats limited, booking payments essential)
RSVP:  4 April.  Enquiries phone 0416 249 002  or email  WBGSinfo@gmail.com
Please send cheque or money order to The Treasurer,  WBGS, 50 Gollan Street,  Evatt  ACT 2617

Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture 2011
Marion Mahony (1871–1961), photograph courtesy Art Institute of Chicago

The Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture is an initiative of the Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc and organised by the Society’s Canberra Chapter with the support of the ACT Government. The lecture is part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival 2011 and is sponsored by the Canberra100 Taskforce.

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High tea at the Winter House
3pm Sunday 12 December 2010
34 Adderton Road,  Telopea

Designed by Walter Burley Griffin and built in 1935, the Winter House is one of the most significant 20th century houses in western Sydney. This is the last opportunity to view the house before it is sold. The Walter Burley Griffin Society  is grateful to the Winter family for kindly allowing it to have this event in the beautiful garden of their home.

‘High tea’ will be served in the garden, and you are invited to view the interior of the house with its carefully-conserved original interiors, finishes and details.

Cost:  $20 WBGS members; $30 non-members.
Pay cash or cheque on the day.
RSVP for catering purposes to
info@griffinsociety.org

 

 

Detail from distant view of opening of Randwick Incinerator, Matraville South, NSW, 1932. This photograph is part of the Eric Milton Nicholls collection recently acquired by the National Library of Australia, PIC/9929/1002, Album 1092/7

TOP: View of sculptural detail, Café Australia, Melbourne, c.1916–1919. National Library of Australia, Eric Milton Nicholls collection, PIC/9929/670, Album 1092/3

ABOVE: Detail from distant view of opening of Randwick Incinerator, Matraville South, NSW, 1932. This photograph is part of the Eric Milton Nicholls collection acquired by the National Library of Australia in 2006, PIC/9929/1002, Album 1092/7

 
 

High Tea at the Winter HousePhotographs Eric Sierins  2008

 

INVITATION TO AGM
31 October 2010

The Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc. cordially invites you to its twenty second Annual General Meeting

Sunday 31 October 2010 at 2.00pm

at Castle Cove library hall, 8b Deepwater Road, Castle Cove, Sydney, Australia followed at 3.30pm by

guest speaker Professor James Weirick
‘The Solid Rock House: Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony in 1910 – innovation and inspiration’


The 2010 AGM address will explore the ideas behind the Griffins’ revolutionary flat-roofed, concrete house of 1910, innovative in itself and as precursor to the year of inspiration that culminated in the Griffin entry in the Australian Federal Capital Competition, 1911.

Light refreshments will be served.

The Castle Cove library is a five minute walk up the hill from the 207 bus stop in Eastern Valley Way. Alight  near corner of Castle Cove Drive where there is a pedestrian crossing at traffic lights. Check Sydney Buses website for bus times. Parking available in Deepwater Road.

Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture
Marion, Miles and The Magic of America 
Wednesday 21 April 2010 at 6.00pm
National Library of Australia Theatre, Canberra

The Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc invites you to the second annual
Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture
a talk by Emeritus Professor Jill Roe who will focus on the association of Marion Mahony Griffin and Miles Franklin in Chicago and Australia, with particular reference to Progressivism, Anthroposophy and a glimpse of the Limestone Plains.

Jill Roe, AO, is Emeritus Professor of History at Macquarie University, Sydney. She is the author of the recent award-winning biography of Miles Franklin.

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Marion Mahony (1871–1961), photograph courtesy Art Institute of Chicago

The Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture is an initiative of the Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc and organised by the Society’s Canberra Chapter with the support of the ACT Government. The lecture is part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival 2010 and is sponsored by the Canberra100 Taskforce.

FREE entry

MMG Lecture 2010_transcription.pdf

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The inaugural Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture
Marion Mahony Griffin: 21st c. avant gardiste or 19th c. dreamer?
Thursday 12 February 2009 at 6.00pm
National Library of Australia Theatre, Canberra

Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc invites you to the inaugural
Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture

An illustrated talk by Dr Anna Rubbo,  Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Sydney.

The Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon. Bob Debus MP will be attending the Lecture and give a speech before introducing Dr Anna Rubbo.

Marion Mahony (1871–1961), photograph courtesy Art Institute of Chicago
Marion Mahony (1871–1961), photograph courtesy Art Institute of Chicago

The talk will be followed by light refreshments.

The Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture is an initiative of the Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc and organised by the Society’s Canberra Chapter with the support of the ACT Government. The Lecture is billed as the inaugural lecture as the Society is planning the Lecture to be an annual event.

Cost:  Members $10;  Non-members $15
RSVP:  9 February to 02 6286 4395;  0415 602 738;  bjodgers@iinet.net.au

MMG Lecture 2009 summary.pdf

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
The Haven Amphitheatre performances

Adapted by Neil Bartlett
Directed by Bernard Teuben

Evening performances
November 28 and 29 at 8pm
December 5 and 6 at 8pm

Matinees
November 30 at 5pm
December 6 at 2pm
December 7 at 5pm

Cost: $25 adults, $20 Concession and $12 children
Bookings 9975 6780
www.epicentretheatre.org.au

More information
www.thehaven.biz

 

‘The Strange Birth of Canberra as Australia’s National Capital Site:

Precursor to the Griffin Vision for the National Capital’

Wednesday 8 October 2008, 5.30 for 6.00 p.m
at History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney

To mark the centenary of the Federal Parliament’s selection of the Yass-Canberra area for the site of Australia’s national capital, a lecture by Professor Geoffrey Sherington (FRAHS)

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Senators at Tumut looking at suitable sites for the capital, about 1906
Detail from photograph by E.T.Luke. Public domain (Source: wikipedia.org)

Political compromise rather than national vision led to the selection of the Canberra area as the site for the national capital. New South Wales had entered federation only on the condition that the capital site would be located within its boundaries; while Victoria had then insisted that the site must not be subject to the influence of Sydney. It took eight years following Federation to resolve these tensions.

The Yass-Canberra area emerged as the capital site not only because it was suitable in terms of environment and topography, but because it also became associated with the growing re-alignment of national politics along new party lines that were no longer inhibited by the provincialism of 19th century colonial politics.

By the time the Griffins arrived in Australia, visions of nation-building and social experimentation were already collapsing under the new politics of social class that had helped to bring Canberra into being. A nation at war had little time for the ideal of a national capital and the opportunity to keep Australia in the world’s eye as an experiment of national and social planning was lost, seemingly forever.

Event organised by the Walter Burley Griffin Society and the Royal Australian Historical Society.

Cost: $7 members and non-members

Bookings: RAHS telephone  02 9247 8001

Surveyors camp Canberra

Surveyors camp, Canberra, about 1910. Public domain (Source: wikipedia.org –
Frank H. Bolland collection, National Library of Australia)

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AGM and talk ‘Redstone and the Winters’
Winter House, 34 Adderton Road, Dundas, Sydney
Sunday 26 October 2008, 2.00pm

The Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc.
invites members and their guests
to its twentieth Annual General Meeting at 2.00pm
in the garden of the Winter House.

Followed at 3.00pm by guest speaker
Sydney heritage architect Ian Stapleton
who will talk about the restoration work and history of the house.

Following the talk, you are invited to view the house.

Please bring a hat, and a rug or folding chair to sit on.

For further information contact the Secretary on info@griffinsociety.org
 
Winter House


Winter House, also known as ‘Redstone’, in 1993. Photographer Charles Melchert.
Designed by Walter Burley Griffin and built in 1935 for Edward Winter and his family, the house is beautifully maintained and retains all its original finishes and details.

 

Book launch
2.30pm Sunday 3 August 2008

Cambridge University Press and the Walter Burley Griffin Society invite you to the Sydney launch of the new book titled The Writings of Walter Burley Griffin by Professor Dustin Hadley Griffin, on Sunday 3 August 2008 at 2.30pm at the Glebe Incinerator, corner Forsyth Street and Griffin Place, Glebe.

Councillor John McInerney of City of Sydney, guest speaker, will talk about the Griffin legacy and the continuity of the Griffins' ideas.

Professor James Weirick, President of the Walter Burley Griffin Society, will give a scholarly background to Dustin Griffin's book.

For those who have not yet visited the Glebe Incinerator, this is an opportunity to see the results of the restoration works to this important industrial building in its fine harbourside setting on Blackwattle Bay.

Parking is limited.  The incinerator is just a 10 minute walk along Taylor Street from the Glebe light rail station. For further information about the light rail and a map of the stations go to:
http://www.metrotransport.com.au/StationLocatorFlash.html

For the event, Cambridge University Press is offering a discount of 25% off the retail price of $199, ie only $149.25 for the book for those attending the launch.

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Griffin and Avalon talk and open house
Sunday 4 May 2008

The Stella James House at Avalon was designed by Walter Burley Griffin as a weekender nestled into its steep bushland site for client Stella James in 1934. This is a rare opportunity to view the house and its open plan interior and hear architect Scott Robertson talk about the conservation of the house, now in the care of the National Trust.

Members $15, non members $20
Bookings essential, contact the Secretary
tel 02 9958 4516

Stella James House

Stella James House. Photographer Scott Robertson

 

After Griffin: the work of Eric Nicholls 1935–1965

You are invited to an illustrated talk
Sunday 30 March, 2.30pm
Albert Chowne Memorial Hall
Willoughby Park Centre
corner McClelland Street and Warrane Road
Willoughby, Sydney

Eric Milton Nicholls began work for Walter Burley Griffin in 1921 at the age of 19. After the Griffins left for India in 1935 Nicholls continued their practice.

This is an informal illustrated talk with architects of Nicholls’ office reminiscing about office practices and some of the projects ranging from residential to Caltex House, Sydney’s first high rise building.

Please join us for this unique event.
All welcome

Cost: $5 Members  
$10 Non-members

For further information contact the Secretary
Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc
Tel 02 9958 4516

Nicholls Buildings

ABOVE left to right: Caltex House, 167–187 Kent Street, Sydney, 1950s, City of Sydney Archives, SRC4109; W.E. Smith printery, Croydon, 1947 courtesy Stuart Murray


BELOW: Mittagong Shire Council Chambers, photographer Michael Thomson

Mittagong Council Chambers

 

Marion Mahony Griffin as Author: The Voice of Magic of America
3.00pm Sunday 20 January 2008

Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc. invites you to this talk at the outdoor Haven Amphitheatre corner The Scarp and The Barricade, Castlecrag, Sydney, Australia.

Jack Perry Brown, Director, Ryerson & Burnham Libraries, Art Institute of Chicago will talk about the Art Institute of Chicago’s exciting project completed in August 2007 that publishes on the net The Magic of America that Marion Mahony Griffin wrote on her return to USA after Walter Burley Griffin’s death in India. It was in part intended as ‘a testament to their life and work together’. The website created to publish this important architectural document collates 1,400 pages of text with approximately 650 accompanying illustrations from the three known copies of The Magic of America. See it at www.artic.edu/magicofamerica/

How to get to the Haven: There is no parking at the Haven Amphitheatre so we suggest you leave your car in Rockley Street and walk the 500metres along The Bulwark to the Haven. Alternatively leave your car near The Citadel and walk about 300 metres down the steps between 17 and 19 The Citadel then follow the roads downhill to the Haven. Wet weather alternative venue: The Community Centre, Castlecrag.

Further information:
contact Kerry McKillop 02 9958 4516

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Double event in Canberra, 4 and 5 May 2007

Special viewing at the National Library of Australia
Friday afternoon 4 May

The National Library of Australia has kindly offered a special viewing of the Nicholls Collection to members of the Walter Burley Griffin Society in the afternoon of Friday 4 May.

The Nicholls Collection acquired by the Library in early 2006 has over 3,300 items of astonishing scope and complexity. The Library has conserved Marion Mahony Griffin’s drawings on silk, and has been methodically cataloguing the entire collection,which is expected to be completed in April 2007. Already much has been digitised and can be viewed on the Library’s website.

Between 12.30pm to 4.30pm on 4 May, the Library will give members and friends of the Walter Burley Griffin Society a rare opportunity to see the Griffins’ drafting and architectural skills in sketches, presentation drawings, correspondence, renderings and photographs of their works. View on 4th floor. Further information tel 02 6262 1370.

Free event but bookings essential: telephone Brett Odgers 02 6286 4395 or Kerry McKillop 02 9958 4516.

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Canberra bus tour Saturday 5 May

This tour of Griffin’s Canberra will be led by Griffin scholar and Society President Professor James Weirick who will relate the exciting story of the development of Canberra from sheep paddock to the national capital, covering the international competition, the Griffins’ vision and plans, political intrigue and bureaucratic intervention.

Please print out and complete the Members bus tour booking form pdf (152KB), enclose with a cheque for the appropriate amount and mail to the Secretary (address on form).

 

The Griffins’ Castlecrag walk

Sunday 18 March 2007  10.00am – 12.30pm

For Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin nature was their great source of inspiration. Professor James Weirick will take this guided tour of Castlecrag where the Griffins implemented their dream for an idealised urban community subservient to the landscape. This tour will take you through some of the community reserves and walkways, past some Griffin houses and to the outdoor Haven Amphitheatre.
Bring water, hat and good walking shoes for uneven ground.

Cost $25 per person
Bookings essential, contact info@griffinsociety.org

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
at The Haven Amphitheatre, Castlecrag, Sydney
23, 24, 25 February and 2, 3, 4,
Friday 9, Saturday 10, Sunday 11 March

See Shakespeare’s most loved comedy the way he intended! Outdoors in the idyllic bush setting of The Haven Amphitheatre designed by the Griffins in Castlecrag.

There is no better backdrop for this magical and romantic tale of warring fairies, Athenian lovers and a group of bumbling actors in a moonlit forest as they fall under the magical spell of the summer solstice – Midsummer Night. For 9 performances only, delight in this uplifting adventure about love, chaos, marriage and dreams.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the first co-production between RAW-EM Theatre Co. and The Haven Amphitheatre Committee, Castlecrag. The start time for all performances is 7.30pm. As there is no parking at The Haven Amphitheatre, a FREE continuous shuttle bus operates from 6.30pm onwards from the corner of Raeburn Avenue and Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag.

Bookings tel 02 9958 0124 (business hours).

Adults are $30, concession cardholders $25, students $20 and children under 12 are free. Groups of 6, get 1 ticket free. A scrumptious supper is also available.For further information, please visit www.thehaven.com.au or contact Julie McKay at RAW-EM Theatre Co. on 0413 961165 or julie_mckay@optusnet.com.au.

 

View the National Library of Australia’s  new acquisition, 28 June 2006

The Eric Milton Nicholls Collection revealing the creative collaboration between Marion Mahony Griffin and Walter Burley Griffin, is the latest acquisition by the National Library of Australia. The collection will be on view on Wednesday 28 June, 10am to 4pm in the Library’s Conference Room. Researcher Christopher Vernon  will reveal this breathtaking collection at a lecture at 12.30pm on the same day in the Library’s Theatre. Free. Bookings (02) 6262 1271.

 

Walter Burley Griffin Society of America’s 7th annual meeting and tour

The annual meeting of our sister organization, the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America will be held on Saturday, June 17, in Evanston and the North Shore, USA.

Events begin at 9:00 at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue (Orrington & Church). Speakers include Mary Woolever, architectural librarian at the Ryerson & Burnham Librairies, who will discuss the Griffin/Mahony collections at the Art Institute; Wilbert Hasbrouck, who will expound upon the creation of his magnificent history of the Chicago Architectural Club; and Betsy Downs, who will recount her restoration of Griffin’s J. B. Moulton house in Rogers Park, one of the buildings on the afternoon tour. Paul Sprague will present his findings about one of Griffin’s planning projects for Evanston, and Paul Kruty will provide background for the buildings to be seen on the tour. The morning session will end at noon.

Among the buildings included on the afternoon tour are Griffin’s Carter, Moulton and Schwartz houses, Wright’s Emil Bach house, and several buildings by Myron Hunt, one of the original Steinway Hall Four (that is, Perkins, Wright, Spencer, and Hunt). We will also be able to see three other Griffin houses from the street.
An evening reception will be held in the Emery house.
Reservations essential – go to:
www.wbgriffinsociety.org/index.html

 

 

The official opening of the Griffin Federation Track

ABOVE: The official opening of the Griffin Federation Track with Mr Joe Hockey, Member for North Sydney and Minister for Financial Services and Regulation, and Cr Pat Reilly, Mayor of Willoughby City Council, at the ribbon cutting ceremony on 16 September 2001 at Turret Reserve, Castlecrag. The track links the Willoughby Incinerator with the Griffin Conservation Area at Castlecrag, and was funded by a grant, from the Commonwealth Government's Federation Community Projects Program, awarded to the Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc., and by additional funding from Willoughby City Council.

 

 

Interior view of the “banquet hall” showing sculptural details, Café Australia, Melbourne, c.1916–1919. This photograph is part of the recently acquired Eric Milton Nicholls collection which will be on view, on 28 June, at the National Library of Australia, PIC/9929/665, Album 1092/3

ABOVE: Interior view of the “banquet hall” showing sculptural details, Café Australia, Melbourne, c.1916–1919. This photograph is part of the Eric Milton Nicholls collection acquired by the National Library of Australia in 2006, PIC/9929/665, Album 1092/3

 
 

Official opening of the Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin Festival, Castlecrag 1995

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  LEFT: Official opening of the Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin Festival, Castlecrag 1995. L to R: Mayor Cr John Squire, President WBGS Adrienne Kabos, Mayoress Anne Squire, heritage consultant Jennifer Hill, guest speaker David Marr. Photographer Theo Junge.  
 

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