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Memorial fountain to Walter Burley Griffin, architect and town planner who designed Canberra.

In 1920 Griffin formed the Greater Sydney Development Association Ltd to build residential estates on three picturesque headlands on Sydney's Middle Harbour. The first estate, Castlecrag, designed to maintain the character of the natural landscape, was begun in 1921 with several of Griffin's distinctive houses of rock and concrete intended to demonstrate the style of house lot-purchasers would be required to build. Although revered by later generations, the houses at the time were regarded as wildly eccentric and they tended to leak.


Address:Edinburgh Road & Sortie Port, Castlecrag, 2068
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.801815
Long: 151.216425
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Fountain
Monument Theme:People
Monument Designer:Bim Hilder


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 23rd October, 1965
Front Inscription

         In recognition of
      Walter Burley Griffin,
notable American architect and town
planner who settled in Australia 1914
after winning the federal award for
     the design of Canberra.
             He planned
and developed Castlecrag in 1921 and
resided here with his wife Marion
at Number 8 The Parapet from 1924 to
1937 the year of his death in India.
Unveiled by His Worship The Mayor of Willoughby,
            Ald. L.F.McSinty
during the centenary of the Municipality
           October 23, 1965.

Source: MA
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