Inside the Archives tour by National Archives of Australia

Saturday, 21 November 2023 @ | Parkes

Cost: Free

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

Website: naa.gov.au


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.

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