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Marion Mahony Griffin Funding Request

2021 is both the 150th anniversary of Marion Mahony’s birthday and the centenary of the creation of Castlecrag, planned by Marion and her husband Walter Burley Griffin as their “ideal suburb”.

To mark these occasions, the Walter Burley Griffin Society is commissioning a prominent artist to produce an exciting contemporary sculpture in honour of Marion.  It will take pride of place in a new community park being created by Willoughby City Council at the Castlecrag neighbourhood centre which is planned to be opened in late 2021.

The Society is pleased to announce the Marion Mahony Griffin Funding Request to help finance the sculpture. By contributing a donation now, you can be one of a small number of people who will enjoy some specially organised private events during the next few months.  Your support would be greatly appreciated.


$500 contribution entitles the donor and a guest to a cocktail party at the celebrated Fishwick House and to have a private tour of the house and garden led by its owners.  This event has strictly limited capacity to comply with covid-19 regulations. Tentative date Friday 19 March 2021 at 5.30pm – 7.30pm

$250 contribution entitles the donor and a guest to have a private tour of the celebrated Fishwick House and its garden led by its owners. Time by agreement.

$100 contribution entitles the donor and a guest to join a small group of other donors led by an expert guide exploring the Griffin designed but little-known walkways and reserves.  Included will be visits to the private gardens of the Fishwick House and Moon House. Saturday 6 February and Friday 19 February 2021.

The Fishwick House designed by Walter Burley Griffin and built in 1929 is one of the most significant and celebrated early 20th century houses in Australia.  Spectacular, enchanting and beautifully restored with a wonderful secluded native garden, it is rarely open to the public.

For more information contact the Society’s Secretary through

Donations and registering for these reward events can be made via

or by cheque to the Society’s Treasurer to postal address 12 The Parapet, Castlecrag, NSW 2068, Australia

Note – donations are not tax deductable.

Marion Mahony, The Magic of America collection, New-York Historical Society. BV Griffin, Section 4: neg #71734

Fishwick House’ entrance hall with its gold, sea-sponged columns and sets of amber glass double doors to the sunken study. Photographer Eric Sierins, 2009.