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Memento : Issue 20
Using historical documents from our collection, the exhibition tells the inside story of Griffin's protracted struggle with the bureaucracy and some politicians as he tried to have his design implemented. This story is told in greater detail in two publications accompanying the exhibition. Canberra following Griffin: A Design History of Australia's National Capital, by the late Paul Reid, is an elegantly designed and illustrated book containing more than 200 plans, maps and drawings. It is a fascinating account of what happened to Griffin's plan, tracing its turbulent history from the creation of his design to the Canberra you see today. Also available is a souvenir booklet, A Vision Splendid: How the Griffins Imagined Australia's Capital, featuring high quality reproductions of the 12 drawings and an essay by leading Griffin scholar Christopher Vernon. The booklet, produced with a grant from the Gordon Darling Foundation, describes the history of the winning design and the partnership behind the vision. The story of what happened to the plans from the time they left Chicago to their arrival at the Archives is also recounted. The exhibition continues until 29 September 2002. Canberra following Griffin ($90) and A Vision Splendid ($7.95) can be purchased at the exhibition, or by phoning (02) 6212 3609 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 2 memento may 2002 NAA: A710, 40 NAA: A710, 38