Marion Mahony Griffin (1871-1961)
Marion Mahony Griffin designed the capital of Australia together with her husband Walter Burley Griffin. Marion was the second woman in America to graduate from university in 1894. Her incredible artistic ability, curiosity and love of nature can be seen in the design of Canberra today.

Marion described of love of Walter as a "slow burn," but when it happened, it really happened. The Griffins achieved incredible things together. The lake you see today and the Canberra you walk through stems from their love of nature and dream of a democratic city for the future, one that would last and evolve.
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To learn more about Marion's interests, creations and love of fairies, visit the Marion, Woman of Genius a National Capital Exhibition at Canberra and Region Visitors Center

To see the Griffin's original designs, check out Design 29 held in the National Archives of Australia

To uncover more of the Griffin's life's work, take a look at the films and videos held by the Walter Burley Griffin Society.

To read about the Canberra the Griffin's dreamed of that never quite was, check out this article by ABC Canberra.

For a great (and entertaining) article on the feud between Marion and Frank Lloyd Wright, check out this article from curbed.

To read about Old Acton and Canberra's sunken suburb, check out this fabulous project. The plinth for the sunken suburb is just off Lawson Crescent, you can visit it here.

To hear about Julia Morgan, a contemporary of Marion and the first woman to earn an architect's license in California, check out this great episode from 99% Invisible.
Our ability to tell Marion's story was made possible by the following people...
Our ability to tell Marion’s story was made possible by Roslyn Hull. Ros' expertise, passion and dedication to sharing Marion's story has been invaluable to us.

Special thanks to Liam Camilleri, one of our early supporters, for emailing through some great recommendations for further reading/listening after the tour!