Walter Burley Griffin 1876 - 1937
Marion Mahoney Griffin 1871 - 1961
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Australia has a long history of petty-minded (and often embittered) bureaucrats blocking and interfering with the plans of creative architects. Juan Utzon was to experience this with the Sydney Opera House. Recently in a smaller way, the Victorian Government has denatured the design of Federation Square. But Walter Burley Griffin spent a significant part of his life attempting to have his prize-winning plans for Canberra carried out. In the end, the bureaucrats won and they have the city they deserve rather than the one they could have had.