|Generally, there are only two reactions to Canberra, Australia's national capital. People either loathe it or love it. Canberra was founded 100 years ago, in March 1913. It was a totally planned city, which is why people loathe it. They whinge that it has no soul, no colour, no character. It is a totally planned city, planned by Walter Burley Griffin and his wife, Marion Mahoney Griffin, both from the United States of America.|
In 1920, the Griffins moved their attention to Sydney, where they bought options to a swathe of land overlooking Middle Harbour. A rocky outcrop provided Griffin with the name of his holding, Castlecrag, as it reminded him of the ‘Castle Rock’ on which Edinburgh Castle stands. The main access road, running the length of the peninsula is Edinburgh Road. The Griffin vision was to develop an estate that was totally in-synch with its natural surroundings, which would attract like-minded citizens. Walter and Marion moved into their own house on the estate in 1925.