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Griffin Talks: Melson House + Marion Mahony Griffin

(Audio, Colour, 1 hr 9 mins) The Melson House Revealed: An Owner’s Perspective details the history of this highly significant house designed by Griffin and built in Mason City, USA in 1912. Speaker American art historian and author Peggy Bang. The second talk Castlecrag and Community: Marion Mahony Griffin at Castlecrag describes Mahony Griffin’s idealism, passion and drive for creating an ideal suburb at Castlecrag. Speaker senior journalist and author Glenda Korporaal. Introduced by John McInerney.

Videographer Jacob Hogarth, webvideo editor Vincent Power
© Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc. 2016

Rediscovering the Griffins’ Castlecrag: The people and places in the 1930s and 1940s

(Audio, Colour, 1 hr 39 mins) Panel of early Caslecrag residents reminisce and discuss growing up in Castlecrag. Panel members (R to L): Ivor Morton, Deirdre Morton, Beatrice Yell, Barry Duncan, Gilda Baracchi, Renate Watkinson, Cherilyn Herbert, Roger Parkes. Videographer and webvideo editor Vincent Power
© Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc. 2016

Canberra – the Griffin vision in the 21st century

(Audio, Colour, 215Mb, 8.45min) Authors Rosemarie Willett, Bob McKillop, James Weirick; Narrator Gerard McGuire; Music Clarinet sonata in F minor composed by Miriam Page (1949) performed by Nigel Westlake, David Bollard, Tall Poppies Records; Film editor Madeleine Hetherton; Planner and landscape architect Walter Burley Griffin, 1911; Delineator and illustrator Marion Mahony Griffin, 1911; Images – Griffin 1911, Australia’s National Capital Competition drawings, National Archives of Australia NAA:A710_38 to NAA:A710_50_002; Coordinator graphic designer Adrienne Kabos; Administration Kerry McKillop.
© Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc. 2012

The Griffins’ Canberra 100 Years – bus tour

(Audio, Colour, 15.13 min)
The Canberra that the Griffins planned is not fully realised. In 2013, the centenary year of Australia’s national capital, Professor James Weirick gives a guided tour to explain. Organised by the Walter Burley Griffin Society, proudly supported by an Australian Government Your Community Heritage Grant.
Cinematography Rob Nugent; Film editor Jeremy Martens; Producer Madeleine Hetherton; Coordinator Adrienne Kabos; Music Clarinet sonata in F minor composed by Miriam Page (1949) performed by Nigel Westlake, David Bollard, Tall Poppies Records; Planner and landscape architect Walter Burley Griffin, 1911; Delineator and illustrator Marion Mahony Griffin, 1911; Images – Griffin 1911, Australia’s National Capital Competition drawings, National Archives of Australia NAA:A710_38 to NAA:A710_50
© Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc. 2013

The Griffins’ Canberra 100 Years symposium

Organised by the Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc. Proudly supported by an Australian Government Your Community Heritage Grant

Part 1 – From small town to national capital – Walter Burley Griffin’s ideas about architecture, landscape, and planning 1901 to 1913

(Audio, Colour, 56.45 min)
Presenter Professor Emeritus Paul Kruty, University of Illinois reveals the fascinating early years of Griffin’s career; Introduced by architect and town planner John McInerney; Production OneVision Pty Ltd.
© Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc. 2013

Part 2 – The Griffins in Australia

(Audio, Colour, 52.50 min)
Presenter Professor James Weirick, University of New South Wales reveals the progressive ideas, and the extensive and fascinating work of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin in Australia; Production OneVision Pty Ltd.
© Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc. 2013

Part 3 – A Canberra Conversation

(Audio, Colour, 40.15 min)
The realisation and implementation of the Griffins’ plan for Canberra is related in a paper by Professor Dr Karl F.Fischer and discussed by Professor James Weirick, University of New South Wales, Professor Emeritus Paul Kruty, University of Illinois, and architect and urban planner John McInerney.
© Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc. 2013

Annual Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture 2013

(Audio, Colour, 62.19 min)
Talk titled ‘The Magic of Australia’ given by Caroline Pidcock, architect and Chair of the Living Future Institute Australia, 15 August 2013. Presented by the Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc. Centenary of Canberra – Big Issues Big Talk webcast.

Beautiful Middle Harbour

(Silent, B/W, 4.4Mb, 3:59 min)
1920s promotional film produced by the Greater Sydney Development Association Limited.
Edited extract from 16mm film © Willoughby City Library

Cheong House

(Silent, Colour, 2.9Mb, 1:57 min)
Cinematographer George Evatt, Director Sophie Jackson, Editor Vanessa Milton, 1997.
© Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc. 2006

Castlecrag Walkways and Reserves

(Audio, Colour, 7.3Mb, 4:30 min)
Cinematographer Madeleine Hetherton, Editor Vanessa Milton, 2006.
Footage of Fishwick House interior and the voice-over of Professor James Weirick are courtesy Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.
© Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc. 2006

Author

The Society is indebted to Anne Watson, editor of Beyond Architecture: Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin in America, Australia and India.  Sydney, Powerhouse Publishing, 1998, and to research by Peter Navaretti, Dr Jeff Turnbull and Robert F McKillop.

Further reading

The Society is indebted to Anne Watson, editor of Beyond Architecture: Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin in America, Australia and India.  Sydney, Powerhouse Publishing, 1998, and to research by Peter Navaretti, Dr Jeff Turnbull and Robert F McKillop.