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The centenary of the Griffins’ Castlecrag and the 150th anniversary of Marion Mahony Griffin’s birth in 2021 will be celebrated with many events:

Paradise on Earth exhibition 7 November 2020 – 18 April 2021

This will be held at the Museum of Sydney, Bridge St., Sydney.

Celebrating 150 years since the birth of Marion Mahony Griffin 14 February 2021

11.00am – Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture 2021

This will take place at the Museum of Sydney Theatre, corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney. Guest speaker Dr Anne Watson, curator of Paradise on Earth. The talk is titled ‘What made Marion’s Hair Stand on End?’ An exploration of Marion Mahony Griffin’s pioneering role as an environmentalist and urban planning advocate in Australia through her art, architecture and writing. Organised by the Walter Burley Griffin Society. Limited seats available. Tickets essential. Book here.

2.00pm – Marion’s Birthday Bash at Castlecrag

The Castlecrag Progress Association plans to host an outdoor afternoon birthday party outside around the Griffin Centre, to celebrate the legacy of this great woman who was the inspiration of so much of the foundations of Castlecrag.

Activities planned include guided local walks, art experiences for young and old, and live music.  There will also be a reading from The Magic of America – Marion’s autobiography which naturally includes her years living in and developing her dream community in Castlecrag.

Didier from Ganache is set to make a very special giant birthday cake for the community to share and honour Marion’s contribution to our little patch of suburban paradise in the big, wide city of Sydney.

If you are a poet, musician or singer and would like to perform on the day, or be involved in a community choir/orchestra/band (rehearsing in January) please get in touch:

More details in the February issue of The Crag newsletter.

Online Max Dupain photo exhibition 1 March 2021

This will include thirty of his 1965 photos of Griffin houses at Castlecrag.

Griffin Open Houses at Castlecrag 2 May 2021

Tickets essential and will go on sale in March.

Outdoor photo exhibition of Castlecrag photos from the 1920s to today - 2 May to 9 May

Photographs by Hermann Junge, Max Dupain and Eric Sierins. Funded with the support of a Willoughby City Council grant, the photos will be displayed on some nature strips in the Griffin Conservation Area, Castlecrag.

Marion Mahony Griffin Funding Request

To mark the 150th anniversary of Marion Mahony’s birthday and the centenary of the creation of Castlecrag, 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 would greatly appreciate your support.

Donate now to help fund the creation of the sculpture via

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