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Educational links

Website with information about the Federal Capital Design Competition and the Griffin plans, with links to a page on how they were prepared. Produced jointly by the National Archives of Australia, National Capital Authority and the National Library of Australia.

Primary and secondary teachers’ kits developed by the National Capital Authority to provide a curriculum-based educational resource to support the story of Canberra at the National Capital Exhibition. This permanent exhibition is located at Regatta Point in Commonwealth Park, Canberra, and tells the story of the establishment of the National Capital through the use of innovative and interactive exhibits. The Exhibition is promoted as the essential first stop for school groups visiting Canberra. It allows students to understand the city and its historical background and to orient themselves prior to exploring the National Capital.

The Teaching Heritage of NSW website is a professional website to assist teachers. It includes photos of Willoughby Incinerator and the Fishwick House at Castlecrag, Sydney

Website with information about the Griffins lives and work on  three continents, and about a documentary film Walter Burley Griffin In His Own Right produced by Will-TV in the USA.


Marion Mahony Griffin: Drawing the Form of Nature
September 23 – December 4, 2005
Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA
An exhibition devoted entirely to Mahony Griffin’s graphic work showcasing the Museum’s wonderful collection of Mahony Griffin’s tree portraits and architectural presentation drawings.

A Vision Splendid: How the Griffins imagined Australia’s Capital
May – September2002
National Archives of Australia, Canberra

Beyond architecture: Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin in America, Australia and India
22 July 1998 – March 1999
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia


The Magic of America: Electronic Edition, Marion Mahony Griffin, published by the Art Institute of Chicago, online only, August 2007

Beyond architecture: Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin in America, Australia and India, Anne Watson (editor) published by Powerhouse Publishing, Sydney, Australia

Canberra following Griffin: A Design History of Australia’s National Capital, Paul Reid, published by National Archives of Australia

A Vision Splendid: How the Griffins Imagined Australia’s Capital, Christopher Vernon, booklet published by National Archives of Australia

Walter Burley Griffin in America Photographs and Essay by Mati Maldre
Essay, Catalog, and Selected Bibliography by Paul Kruty

Griffin buildings

The Capitol Theatre, Melbourne was bought by RMIT University in 1999. The theatre interior and its magnificent lighting were restored in 2019.

Newman College, Melbourne University, Melbourne.

Fishwick House, Castlecrag, Sydney.

Community groups

Castlecrag Progress Association, Sydney

The Haven Amphitheatre, Castlecrag, Sydney

Ranelagh Residents Association, Mount Eliza, Melbourne

Eaglemont Estate, Heidelberg, Melbourne
Heidelberg Historical Society

Non-government heritage groups

The Walter Burley Griffin Society of America established in 1999

The Australian Garden History Society is committed to the conservation of significant cultural landscapes and historic gardens throughout Australia

The Twentieth Century Heritage Society of NSW Inc. is based in New South Wales, Australia and was founded in 1995, with the aim of protecting and promoting 20th century architectural and design heritage in the state.

Art Deco Society of NSW

Art Deco Society Inc. established Melbourne 1992

National Trust of Australia, New South Wales Chapter owns the Stella James House designed by Walter Burley Griffin and built at Avalon, Sydney.

Government heritage organisations

Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales

Heritage Office, a State government agency based in Parramatta, New South Wales

Department of Environment and Heritage

Australian Heritage Commission

Images and architectural drawings

Picture Australia is an Internet based service that allows you to search many significant online pictorial collections including an extensive collection of Griffin images from the National Library of Australia, the National Archives of Australia, the State Library of Victoria and others.

The Block Museum of Art at the Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA has a large archive of Griffin Architectural Drawings

Research materials

The Harrison Papers are a comprehensive collection of personal papers, correspondence, writings by Peter Harrison and research materials relating to Walter Burley Griffin, town planning and urban development particularly in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

The National Capital Authority plans, enhances, promotes and maintains Canberra as the nation’s capital on behalf of all Australians. It is a Statutory Agency of the Australian Government, established under the ACT (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988

Heritage controls

Willoughby City Council is the local council responsible for the Griffin Conservation Area, Castlecrag , Sydney

Heritage Victoria

Heritage Office, Department of Planning, New South Wales


The Marion Mahony Griffin Award presented each year by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter