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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”.

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.

Book launch - Marion Mahony Reconsidered - Thursday 11 August, 6.00 for 6.30pm |

Walking tour - Walter Burley Griffin building for nature – Castlecrag, Sunday 10 April 2011

There are two walk times: 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

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

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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

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

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

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

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Photographs 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.

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