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Presented in association with the Australian Garden History Society.

Author Glenda Korporaal looks at the groundbreaking woman who played such a critical role in the design of Canberra.

She argues the case for Marion to be recognised for her unique combination of artist, architect, environmentalist, community maker and social observer Korporaal will put the case for Marion to be considered in her own right, separately from her husband Walter Burley Griffin. With so much of her work already in Canberra - in the National Library and the Archives - she deserves to be ranked as a “founding mother” of Canberra whose work and life continues to inspire Australians more than 100 years after she lived here.

Glenda Korporaal is a Sydney based journalist and writer. After living in the US for six years she developed an interest in US architect Frank Lloyd Wright which turned into an interest in Walter Burley Griffin and a fascination with his groundbreaking architect wife Marion Mahony. Glenda has worked as a journalist in Sydney, Canberra, London, Washington, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and Beijing. Her journalistic career has seen her work as the US correspondent and the first woman deputy editor of the Australian Financial Review. She has also been business editor of The Bulletin magazine, editor of the Australian’s business magazine the Deal and is now associate editor (business) of the Australian in Sydney.

Her book Making Magic: The Marion Mahony Griffin story is the first biography of Marion.


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Images: Cover of Making Magic: The Marion Mahony Griffin story by Glenda Korpraal