Inside the Archives tour by National Archives of Australia
Saturday, 21 November 2015 @ | Parkes
Date: Saturday 21 November
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: National Archives of Australia
Address: 5 Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes
Bookings: None, drop-ins welcome
Join the National Archives of Australia to explore the horticultural aspects of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin’s vision for Canberra. The original plans drawn up by the Griffins show how sensitive they were to the physical features of the national capital site. The plans include reforestation, botanical gardens and a ‘continental arboretum’. The arboretum as conceived by Walter Burley Griffin was never achieved, but was intended to consist of seven continental areas: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, North America and South America.
See the original plans in the Reading Room at the National Archives’ and see how Griffin’s disagreements with federal horticulturalist Thomas Charles Weston led to the ultimate failure of the establishment of the arboretum.