POSTING MAIL FROM CANBERRA
Do you have a stamp collecter in the family? If so, you may like to post you postcard back home from somewhere unique!
Located in the Telecom Tower, on Black Mountain, is Canberra's highest POST BOX.
It is an old one, and is cleared at 10am each day, Monday to Friday.
The envelope is postmarked with "Telecom Tower'
The Parliament House
The Parliament House is located on a 32- hectare site on Capital Hill and is the focal point of Canberra. The unique blend of the architecture and the collection of art artifacts make it a popular cultural attractions.
Visit the Australian National...
Visit the Australian National Museum [I think that is the name]. While I was visiting the main exhibit was a large retrospective of the French 20th century painter, Henri Matisse. It was a dislocating experience to see paintings I knew from Philadelphia and NYC so far away from their home turf! The picture is of some totems of aboriginal design on the grounds of the museum.
Visiting the House of...
Visiting the House of Parliament is the main attraction when visiting Canberra. The Australian War Memorial was also very interesting. The tour of the House of Parliment is the highlight of Canberra.
But in fact, who was Walter...
But in fact, who was Walter Burley Griffin? A question I ask myself and after a long search I want to share my findings. Walter Burley Griffin (see picture) was born on November 24, 1876 in Maywood, Illinois. Already in high school, Griffin showed his interest in landscape gardening. The family had moved to a new house in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst and Griffin was involved in landscaping the backyard. His parents let him do what he wanted and before long his brother and sisters were calling it 'The Jungle' because he was experimenting with so many different forms of plants. In 1895, Griffin enrolled in the Department of Architecture at University of Illinois. In 1899, Griffin graduated in Architecture. He returned to Chicago where he quickly found a job as a draftsman working with Chicago's most progressive architects. From 1899 to 1914, Griffin created more than 130 designs in his Chicago office for buildings, urban plans and landscapes, half of which were built in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin. In 1912, Griffin won the Canberra Commission for the design of the Federal Capital of Australia. Griffin arrived in Canberra on October 1913 as Federal Director of Design and Construction - development of the city was ready to begin. Dominating Griffin's plan was a central artificial lake and a 'parliamentary triangle' in which the most important national buildings were to be placed. The surrounding residential areas had a geometric street pattern, circular and radial in shape, all fitting well into the general topography. Griffin continued to practise as an architect in Australia and design also the Newman College at the University of Melbourne, the Capitol Theatre and some houses. By 1935, Griffin was reduced to designing municipal incinerators and he left Australia to take up an architectural appointment in
India. He died there in 1937 at the age of 60.