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Mt Stromlo Heritage Trail and Director Residence

Sunday 12 April 2015
11am - 2pm

Take a guided tour of the Observatory site, and make a stop at the newly restored Director's Residence. As you walk through this historic building, a series of audio-visual installations are triggered to illustrate the domestic lifestyle, the amazing scientific achievements of Stromlo astronomers and the devastating impact of the 2003 fire storm.

Afterwards, join us on the lawns for a game of croquet and bring along a picnic.

Meet at Mt Stromlo Visitors Centre, Cotter Road, Weston Creek

Bookings essential 6125 8794 or


Guided Political History Tour of ANU

Tuesday 14 April 2015
12pm - 1.30pm

Join ANU Heritage Officer Amy Jarvis on a tour highlighting the founding of the university and its association with several of Australia's most famous politicians. Learn about the protests, funding decisions and drunken escapades that helped shape this university into the world-renowned institution it is today.

Meet outside the Street Theatre, 15 Childers St, Acton

Bookings essential 6125 8794 or


Guided Architecture Tour of ANU

Thursday 16 April 2015
12pm - 1.30pm

Once described by Robin Boyd as an 'architectural Disneyland', this tour will focus on the major phases of architecture at ANU. From the earliest buildings, through to modernist styles of the 1960s and 1970s, to more recent architecture with a strong emphasis on sustainable design, come and see the designs which created this stunning university campus.

Meet at the gates of Old Canberra House, Lennox Crossing, Acton

Bookings essential 6125 8794 or


Guided Cultural Landscape Tour of ANU

Tuesday 21 April 2015
12pm - 1.30pm

This tour will introduce you to the diverse and significant cultural landscapes, planning history and diverse ecosystems of the ANU Acton campus. Enjoy the park-like atmosphere of native and exotic plants co-existing with residential and academic buildings on this tour lead by ANU Heritage Officer Amy Jarvis.

Meet outside the Street Theatre, 15 Childers St, Acton

Bookings essential 6125 8794 or


Guided Tour of the Acton Conservation Area

Thursday 23 April 2015
12pm - 1.30pm

The Acton Peninsula was used for administration of the new Federal Government. The buildings provide a clear window into the early history of Canberra as the nation's capital and the distinct architectural styles and social hierarchy of the time. Join ANU Heritage Officer Amy Jarvis to learn about this Commonwealth heritage listed area.

Meet at the gates of Old Canberra House, Lennox Crossing, Acton

Bookings essential 6125 8794 or


Proposed Demolition and Landscape Works of Old Administration Area, ANU

EPBC Act Referral 2012/6627

The Australian National University (Facilities and Services Division) is proposing demolition and landscape works of the Old Administration Area, in the vicinity of the Menzies Library on the ANU Campus at ACTON, in the ACT. The proposed action is a controlled action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is being assessed through preliminary documentation. The controlling provisions for assessment are an Activity of Commonwealth Agency significantly affecting the environment (section 28).

In accordance with Section 95A (3) preliminary documentation will be available for viewing and public comment for a period of 20 business days. The documents are available at:

  • View and download project documents
  • Physical Copy: Level 1, Innovations Building #124, Australian National University, Garran Road, Acton, ACT
  • Physical Copy: Civic Library, London Circuit, Canberra City

Interested persons and organisations are invited to submit comments in writing on the published material to:

Wayne Ford
Associate Director, Facilities Planning
Facilities & Services Division
Level 2, Innovations Building #124,
Eggleston Road
The Australian National University
Phone: 02 6125 6396
Fax: 02 6125 0777

Comments are to be received by close of business 14 July 2014.

Persons with special needs (i.e. for whom English is a second language or who have vision impairment) may contact Margareth Santos on 02 6125 6396 for assistance accessing the material.


Book launch

ANU Heritage is proud to celebrate the launch of the book Fred Ward: Australian Pioneer Designer 1900-1990 by Derek F. Wrigley. This is a pivotal piece of work in understanding the fascinating design history of ANU and the pioneering spirit of Fred and his counterparts in the ANU Design Unit in creating stunning bespoke furniture for Australia's National University.

About the book

In the difficult days of the 1920-30s Fred Ward dared to design new, simple domestic furniture for the Myer Emporium in Melbourne - in striking contrast to prevailing styles. He went on to design elegant bespoke furniture for several iconic buildings in Canberra and Sydney, such as University House, the Australian National University, Academy of Science, Reserve Bank and the National Library of Australia. Much of his best work is not available to the public, being in the non-public areas of institutions or in homes.

His restrained approach to the art of integrating function and visual form is belatedly being recognised and is clearly explained in this new book. Ward's philosophy led him to design in more social ways after WW2, making it easy for returning servicemen to construct their own low cost, well-designed furniture through the successful Patterncraft venture, sponsored by the Australian Home Beautiful c.1946. He also initiated the profession of industrial design in the late 1940s, the world's first university Design Unit in 1955 and the Industrial Design Council of Australia in the 1950s.

Fred Ward (Source: Derek Wrigley)


Fred Ward Chair (Source: ANU)

His colleague and friend Derek Wrigley has analysed his subtle philosophy on the functional arts of design and craft which resonate so well with the statements of William Morris in late 19th century England. Ward's philosophy arises from the basic practicalities of furniture design - the purposeful art which is so often taken for granted; indeed it is the vital medium which turns architecture into useful space. The foreword by His Excellency Mr Michael Bryce AM AE, also a renowned designer, succinctly introduces this analysis of Ward.

The book is an eloquent art form of its own, designed by Gillian Cosgrove in harmony with Ward's visual style, and enriched by Ben Wrigley's perceptively crisp photography. This is a timely and rewarding study of a very special Australian.

About the author

Derek F. Wrigley OAM is a retired architect and industrial designer who was invited to work with Ward at the ANU Design Unit in 1956 and who collaborated with him in the formation of the Industrial Design Council of Australia. Following Ward's retirement from ANU, Wrigley became the ANU University Architect, widening the scope of the ANU Design Unit and integrating the design arts of site planning, architecture, interiors, landscape and graphic design. Following retirement in 1977 he designed furniture for the High Court of Australia and then specialised in design for disability and in solar architectural research to meet the emerging challenges of climate change.

To order

  • Email
    Shirley Kral with all credit card details (Card type, card number, expiry date, name on the card, full mailing address and telephone number)
  • Mail
    S Kral
    55 McNamara Street
    PEARCE ACT 2607
    (Include credit card details as above)
  • Telephone
    02 6286 5780 (with credit card details as above)
  • Overseas enquiries
    Please request email quote for number of copies and surface or air mailing

Recommended retail price per copy $50.00 GST exempt + $17.00 postage within Australia (multiple copies pro rata).

Copies are also available at several bookshops including the ANU Co-op, Paperchain Bookshop Manuka, The National Library, The National Portrait Gallery and the Gallery of Australian Design.

Updated:  08 April 2015/Responsible Officer:  Director, Facilities & Services Division/Page Contact:  Systems & Information Technology