Series 138 - Plan of Canberra City and Environs

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Plan of Canberra City and Environs


  • 1912 - ? (Creation)

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Two maps in one map folder

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(1913 - 1921)

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In October 1913, Walter Burley Griffin was appointed Federal Capital Director of Design and Construction of Canberra for a period of three years, extended in 1916 for a further three years and in 1919 by quarterly periods. In 1921, a Federal Capital Advisory Committee recommended the termination of Walter Burley Griffin's services and the design and construction of the city was effectively transferred to the Department of Works.

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There are two versions of this plan of Walter Burley Griffin’s design for Canberra City which shows the proposed site for the National University. There is a negative of a lithograph (570 x 500mm) identified as 70/CAN/174A and printed copy (940 x 670mm) identified as 70/CAN/176. Griffin's design is overlain on a 1910 contour map provided to participants in the Federal Capital Design Competition.


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The National Archives of Australia and the National Library of Australia also hold copies of these maps.

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Prepared by Maggie Shapley on 25 September 2007




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