From the archives.

A fitting post for today, after Victorians gave the politics of fear a walloping in our State election. Victoria once again rejected fear and division. 24/11/2018. From the archives: Our 1972 street party held by the residents of Carroll Street,North Melbourne. A celebration of community action. Multi generational families coming… Read More

November 25, 2018

Architect’s indulgence

Architect’s indulgence or a meaningful political statement? The external appearance of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) building, completed around 2001, designed by ARM, is a black finished facsimile of the white finished Villa Savoye designed by Le Corbusier. Apparently some critics dubbed this… Read More

December 14, 2016

Concept drawing for Nyinkkanyunu 1986

Started sorting the archive boxes. A task avoided for over 40 years. This drawing is part of the documents prepared for Julalikari Council when John Havnen was the manager. The Council was very active in establishing formal tenure over land in the town. Concept drawing for Nyinkkanyunu 1986… Read More

November 12, 2016

Stone House Warrandyte

Birthday party possibly 1947. at the Stone House Warrandyte My mother engaged Fritz Janeba to design the family homes. The big stone house still stands, but the copper pump action toilet pan has gone. The design features included a butterfly roof and extensive stone walls.  Fritz brought the Bauhaus to… Read More

August 2, 2016

Jim Wigley at work

Working on molds for puppet heads. Photographer Unknown. Part of photo series of Jim making puppet heads with Hymie Slade in the 1950s. The studio location could be at TV Channel 7 circa 1956 or earlier working on theatre props. If You have any info let me know 🙂… Read More

April 16, 2016

Me and Danila

I thought I was the only one “minded” by Danila Vassilieff. My mother worked at the Koornong school down the road. I read Mike Rubbo’s story of his time at Stonygrad along with a photo of his work in stone.   I remember the grinding stone, noise and Danila… Read More

March 30, 2016

Jim Wigley Obituary

Another obituary written by Phillip Jones The Australian 29th July 1999;… Read More

July 22, 2015

Jim Wigley 1917-1999

Remembering: Jim Wigley’s obituary. One of Jim’s last paintings of himself, after he visited Tennant Creek and met Billy Grant in 1988. A 6.7 earthquake shaking the town occurred during the visit. The painting was shown in his retrospective show at the Niagara Galleries in 1992. Not sure… Read More

July 21, 2015

Adelaide boy under pressure.

Young artist gets some pressure-1938. Article: YOUNG S.A. ARTIST IN SYDNEY STUDIO Web URL: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/131902287… Read More

December 19, 2013

Molly selling badges. Adelaide 1935

Mum selling badges. Reference http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/129297240?searchTerm=Molly%20Burden&searchLimits= Still looking for drawings or works by Molly Burden… any out there?… Read More

October 24, 2013


Posted on September 6, 2013 by julian Searching for art work done by our mother Molly Burden. Love to hear from anyone who has knowledge of the whereabouts of any surviving drawings or paintings. In November 1938 my mother and my father, James… Read More

September 6, 2013

Talk on “silver bullets” and other important matters.

Enjoyed giving a talk on “Why Aboriginal Housing ?”  at the State Library to the Architects Co operative-Melbourne. A journey of 40 years. Forgot to get pics but happy to survive the session, and sensible questions followed. And a hello to some faces from the past. Excerpt… Read More

September 2, 2013