1963 - Landscaping the Lake: A Garden History Society event

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Wednesday, 5 June 2013 - 6:00pm

When Lake Burley Griffin filled over the summer of 1963-64 the two quasi-villages north and south of the Molonglo River were united into a single city. Dr Dianne Firth, whose PhD researched the history of the Lake, will describe how the Lake’s construction involved extensive shaping of new basins which had impacts on landscapes such as Weston Park, the Royal Canberra Golf Club and the Jerrabombera Wetlands, and introduced new plantings such as the creation of Commonwealth Park, Aspen Island and the lakeside walks.

In addition, the National Library, in consultation with Dianne, is arranging a viewing after the lecture of some of the splendid collection of photos, maps and other material from the Richard Clough collection held by the NLA. Richard Clough was the NCDC’s chief landscape architect responsible for the construction of Lake Burley Griffin.

Dr Dianne Firth is Deputy Chairperson of the ACT Heritage Council, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and Adjunct Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Canberra.

This lecture is being organised by the Australian Garden History Society in collaboration with the Friends of the National Library. This annual collaboration is now of some years’ standing and always proves of great interest to both groups and to others such as Friends of the ANBG.

Venue: Conference Room, 4th Floor, National Library of Australia, followed by the collection viewing in the Brindabella Room and drinks in the Friends’ Lounge

Cost: Members of AGHS and Friends of the NLA $10, non-members $15.

Booking: On the NLA website at https://register.eventarc.com/15232/landscaping-the-lake or by phoning the Friends of the NLA on 6262 1698.