MS 8347

Papers of Peter Harrison (1918 - 1990)



Scope and Content Note

Papers

1901-90 (bulk 1951-90)

8.96m. (64 boxes) + 18 folios

MS 8347

Series 1-10, 14, most of 15, 16, and 18-20 available for reference. Series 17 (references and examiner reports) restricted. Commonwealth records (series 11, series 12, series 13, series 15/44-50, and series 15/140-143) closed for 30 years from date of creation.

The papers were donated to the Library by Sheila Harrison in 1991. Small additions were made by Mrs Harrison in 1996 and by Ed Wensing in 1997.

When the Harrison Papers were acquired, they were found to contain papers of Eric M. Nicholls, relating to Walter Burley Griffin. These had been lent to Harrison for use in his research into Griffin. The Nicholls Collection was returned to the Nicholls family in 1996.

The Harrison Papers are a comprehensive collection of personal papers, correspondence, writings by Harrison and research materials relating to Walter Burley Griffin, town planning and urban development particularly in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. There are papers relating to government and professional bodies including the National Capital Development Commission, National Capital Planning Committee, Design and Siting Review Committee, Royal Australian Institute of Architects, and the Royal Australian Planning Institute as well as papers relating to Harrison’s activities as a Canberra planning activist.

Related materials:

Oral history interviews with Peter Harrison are held by the Library at ORAL TRC 2404 and ORAL TRC 2635.


Biographical Note

Peter Firman Harrison was born in Brisbane on 28 October 1918 and grew up in Rose Bay, Sydney. He was educated at the Sydney Technical College (Diploma in Architecture, 1942), the University of Sydney (Diploma in Town and Country planning, 1950) and the University of New South Wales (Master of Architecture, 1970).

In 1972 he was awarded the Sidney Luker Memorial Medal for services to town and regional planning in Australia and in 1980 was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). He was a Life Fellow of both the Royal Australian Planning Institute and the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. Harrison died in Canberra on 30 October 1990.

Appointments

1942-45 RAAF (draftsman)

1946 Works and Services Branch, Department of the Interior

1946-50 Draftsman and Planning Officer, Cumberland County Council

1951-58 Senior lecturer in Town Planning, University of Sydney

1959-67 Director and First Assistant Commissioner Town Planning, National Capital Development Commission

1967-72 Consultant, United Nations State and City Planning Project, Singapore

1968-83- Fellow/Senior Research Fellow, Urban Research Unit, Australian National University

1971-81 Councillor, Board of Management, Australian Institute of Urban Studies

1975-83 Commissioner (part-time), NSW Land Commission

1978-81 Steering Committee, ACT Regional Water Study

1979-84 Member, National Capital Planning Commission


Series List

Series no. Title

1 Personal documents, 1933-90

2 General correspondence, 1968-90

3 Gordon Stephenson correspondence, 1961-90

4 Papers relating to Denis Winston, 1970-83

5 Writings, papers, addresses and interviews, 1951-90

6 Research papers on Walter Burley Griffin, 1901-88

7 Lecture and reference files, 1950s-1960s

8 Town planning: NSW, SA, WA, 1953-86

9 Committees of Inquiry, 1955-88

10 National Capital Development Commission, 1958-67

11 NSW Land Commission, 1979-84

12 National Capital Planning Committee, 1980-84

13 Design and Siting Review Committee, 1981-84

14 Professional associations, 1976-90

15 Canberra planning activist, 1965-90 (bulk 1983-90)

16 Land tenure papers, 1963-72

17 References and examiner reports, 1976-87

18 Newspaper cuttings on Canberra planning, 1964-90

19 Reference and research material on Canberra, 1950-89

20 Miscellaneous planning papers, 1916-88


Series Description

Series 1 Personal Documents 1934-90

This series contains documentation, chiefly in the form of certificates, statements, references and correspondence, on Peter Harrison's education and employment. Also included is the Sidney Luker Medal he was awarded in 1972 with the associated citation; and a folder of correspondence relating to his nomination for membership of the Order of Australia, the conferral of the award in 1980, and his resignation from the Order in 1985. Two folders of papers concern Harrison family history, and family matters such as the death of his brother Arthur and estate of Reginald Harrison. A few photographs of Harrison, and articles about him, are also present.

Folder/piece

1

Employment: references, correspondence; documents on education, qualifications (folder titled 'Household')

2

Invitations to inauguration of Lake Burley Griffin and neighbourhood of Hughes, 1964; articles about Harrison, 1964, 1968; position appointments, Luker Medal (1972) and other papers, 1976-83; resume, 1979

3

Order of Australia, 1978-85

4

Family papers, family history

5

Family history papers

6

Photographs

7

Certificate of Royal Australian Air Force discharge, 1942; certificates of educational results, and professional qualifications and awards, 1934-80; photograph of participants at Seminar on Land Policy and Land Taxation in Asia, 24 August 1970; photocopy of Order of Australia appointment, 1980. [folio]

Series 2 General correspondence 1968-90

Correspondence filed alphabetically by Peter Harrison and covering a range of subjects over a 22 year period. Identified correspondents are listed below. Other correspondence, including letters to or from some of the persons below, exists in many other series in the Harrison Papers.

Major correspondents include Wally Abraham (1989), Robert Freestone, (1978, 1981-84), Margaret Bonham, (1989), David Hain, (1984-86), Terry Birtles (1982, 1986, 1988), Roger Johnson (1983, 1985), John Black, (1983-85), Laurie Knox (1989), Raymond Bunker (1976, 1978, 1980, 1983-86), Laurie Malanot, (1989), Peter Navaretti, (1982), Derek Cartwright (1984-90), R.S. Parker (1987), Betty and Ruth Coleman (1989), Roger Pegrum (1983, 1985-86), Patrick Coleman, (1985-86), Peter Proudfoot (1989), Elizabeth Cocke (1988-89), Paul Reid (1990), Christina De Marco (1989-90), Richard Stringer (1968), Milo Dunphy (1985), Ena Towndrow (1989-90), Karl Fischer (1978, 1982, 1985), and Gwen Wilson (1982).

Folder/piece

1

Current correspondence A-F, 1978-88.

2

Current correspondence G-Z , 1980-87.

3

Correspondence, 1982-90 (alphabetical arrangement).

4

Correspondence - Hugh Stretton, 1968-74 ; Richard Gray, 1974-82.

5

Correspondence ; invitations and other papers, 1980-90.

6

Unfiled correspondence, 1968-89 (six items)

Correspondence, 1966-67 (Added 17 Jan. 1996)

Series 3 Gordon Stephenson Correspondence, 1961-90

Peter Harrison had a long-standing association with Professor Gordon Stephenson, the distinguished British architect and planner. Stephenson, who was a consultant to the Western Australian Government on the Perth metropolitan plan in 1953-55, emigrated to Australia in 1960 to become foundation Professor of Architecture at the University of Western Australia. Stephenson had many planning consultancies in Australia and New Zealand over the next two decades. His involvement with Canberra planning included appointment by the National Capital Development Commission as a planning consultant (1960-66), an interdisciplinary Canberra planning study (1971), and membership of the National Capital Planning Committee (1967-73).

A close friendship developed between Harrison and Stephenson, and mutual respect and admiration is evident in the extensive correspondence in this series. The letters concern both personal and professional matters.

Folder/piece

1

Correspondence - Gordon Stephenson, 1961, 1962, 1974-79.

2

Correspondence - Gordon Stephenson, 1982-85.

3

Correspondence - Gordon Stephenson, 1986-87.

4

Correspondence - Gordon Stephenson, 1988-90.

5

Draft of book on Gordon Stephenson, with covering letters from Christina de Marco, 1990. Some annotations by Peter Harrison.

Series 4 Papers relating to Denis Winston, 1970-83

Professor Denis Winston was Professor of Town and Country Planning at the University of Sydney in 1948-74 and Emeritus Professor, 1974-80. Harrison studied under Winston for his Diploma in Town and Country Planning in 1950, and worked under him in 1951-58 as Senior Lecturer in Town Planning.

This small group of papers and printed material includes a few letters and postcards written by Winston (1972, 1975-79) ; a 1976 pamphlet on Port Sunlight Village inscribed by Winston to Harrison ; and two typescript copies of letters from Harrison to Winston (1977, 1979). Other papers concern a video documentary interview of Winston, tributes made by Harrison following Winston's death in 1980, and the Denis Winston Memorial Committee. There is also a copy of Robert Freestone's publication Denis Winston: an annotated bibliography 1949-1976, published in 1983.

Papers associated with Harrison and Winston's City of Adelaide Planning Report consultancy in 1971 may be found in Series 5, piece 14.

Folder/piece

1

Papers on Denis Winston, 1970-83.

Series 5 Writings, Papers, Addresses and Interviews of Peter Harrison, 1951-90

A prolific writer on the subject of town planning, Peter Harrison had numerous articles published in books, journals and newspapers from 1951 until his death in 1990. He kept copies of many of his writings, both published and unpublished, as well as conference papers and lectures delivered, and transcripts of interviews with Gavin Walkley and J.A. Hepburn in 1981.

This series includes a set of obituaries, book reviews, unpublished papers and publications kept originally in binders by Harrison. The binder contents have been kept in original order by the Library. There is a large group of writings of various kinds (folders 8-16) arranged chronologically, including publications, articles, lectures, submissions, letters to the editor and newspaper articles, occasionally with associated correspondence, notes or other papers.

A list compiled by Peter Harrison of his published works may be found in folder 4.

Harrison's most ambitious work, unpublished at the time of his death, was a book based on his 1970 MA thesis: 'Walter Burley Griffin : landscape architect.' In writing this work Harrison drew on his extensive knowledge and years of research on Walter Burley Griffin. Copies of this thesis, and annotated chapters for the book, are in this series. Walter Burley Griffin: landscape architect was published by the National Library of Australia in 1995.

Folder/piece

1

Obituaries, 1977-84.

2

Book reviews, 1963-90 ; unpublished papers, 1968-80.

3

Unpublished papers, 1956-68.

4

List of published works, 1951-90 ; publications, 1956-ca. 1987.

5

Publications, 1973-78.

6

Publications, 1970-72.

7

Publications, 1956-68.

8

Publications, papers, writings, 1985-90.

9

Publications, papers, writings, 1980-85.

10

Walter Burley Griffin and the Federal Capital Design (NCDC), 1979.

11

Publications, papers, writings, 1974-78.

12

Publications, papers, writings, 1973.

13

Publications, papers, writings, 1972.

14

City of Adelaide Planning Report, 1971-72.

15

Publications, papers, writings, 1965-70.

16

Publications, papers, writings, 1961-64.

17

Urban economics talks, ca. 1960-65.

18

Lectures, conference papers, 1957-65; letters to The Canberra Times, 1968.

19

Articles, submissions, letters to the editor, obituary, 1984-90.

20

Interviews - J.A. Hepburn, Gavin Walkley, 1981.

21

Engineering Heritage of the ACT, 1971-80 (i)

22

Engineering Heritage of the ACT (ii)

23

Engineering Heritage of the ACT (iii)

24

Engineering Heritage of the ACT (iv); Arsenal water

25

Engineering Heritage of the ACT (v); Lakes and dams, RMC, Space stations.

26

Engineering Heritage of the ACT (vi); ANU campus history (not by P. Harrison), 1982.

27

'Walter Burley Griffin: Landscape Architect'. Thesis (set 1), Chs. 1-4; slight marking up.

28

Walter Burley Griffin. Thesis (set 1), Chs. 5-6; slight marking up.

29

Walter Burley Griffin. Thesis (set 1), Chs.7-8; slight marking up.

30

Walter Burley Griffin. Thesis (set 2), Chs. 1-5, with annotations by P. Harrison and Edward Fielder Billson.

31

Walter Burley Griffin. Thesis (set 2), Chs. 6-10, annotated by P. Harrison and Edward Filder Billson ; Bibliography.

32

Walter Burley Griffin. Thesis. (set 3)

33

Walter Burley Griffin. Thesis (set 4) - bound.

34

Walter Burley Griffin. Index (set 4), Chapter 1.

35

Walter Burley Griffin (set 5), Chapter 2 - drafts.

36

Walter Burley Griffin (set 5), Chapter 3 - drafts.

37

Walter Burley Griffin (set 5), Chapter 4 - drafts, background material.

38

Walter Burley Griffin (set 5), Chapter 4 - drafts.

39

Walter Burley Griffin (set 5), Chapter 5 - drafts, background papers

40

Walter Burley Griffin (set 5), Chapter 6 - draft, other papers.

41

Walter Burley Griffin (set 5 ), Chapter 7 - draft, notes, illustrations.

42

Walter Burley Griffin (set 5), Chapter 8 - draft, background papers.

43

Walter Burley Griffin (set 5), Chapter 9 - drafts.

44

Walter Burley Griffin (set 5), Chapter 10 - drafts.

45

Walter Burley Griffin (set 5) - draft, appendices.

46

Walter Burley Griffin. Illustrations, unsorted.

47

Book illustrations, source material, Introduction, Chapters 1, 5, 7.

48

Book illustrations, source material, Chapters 2, 3. [elephant folio]

49

Book illustrations, source material , Chapters 4, 6. [elephant folio]

50

‘Terms in planning, 1983’.

51

'Planning terminology' by P. Harrison.

52

Book illustrations, unsorted (folio)

Series 6 Research papers on Walter Burley Griffen, 1901-88

Peter Harrison had an abiding interest in the work of Walter Burley Griffin and is acknowledged as one of the earliest people to undertake serious and scholarly study into Griffin's life and career. Griffin received scant respect from many of his colleagues in his own lifetime. Despite his fame as the designer of the Australian national capital, relatively little study had been made of Griffin. In 1933 Nancy Price, who is thought to have worked briefly with him as a summer student, wrote a slim thesis on Griffin. From the 1950s Harrison undertook his own research, making contact with colleagues of Griffin including Eric Nicholls, Edward Fielder Billson and Roy Lippincott. Other Griffin scholars, both American and Australian, made contact with Harrison to seek his advice and share ideas: first the American Mark Peisch, then in later years James Birrell, Donald Johnson, James Weirick and others. It was not until 1970 that Harrison completed his major work on Griffin, an MA thesis titled 'Walter Burley Griffin: Landscape Architect'. He at first planned to publish this work, but eventually decided against the idea, despite encouragement from a major publisher. Harrison's expertise on Griffin was an important factor in his appointment as Director of Town Planning at the National Capital Development Commission in 1958. Elements of Griffin's vision for Canberra influenced Harrison in his work for the Commission and in subsequent years as a Canberra planning activist.

The papers in this series were accumulated by Harrison over a long period and include research material spanning Griffin's career in the United States, Australia (principally in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney) and India. Included is correspondence of Harrison ; records of his interviews with Griffin contemporaries ; photographs of Walter Burley Griffin, Marion Mahoney Griffin and their works ; printed material of various kinds including articles and cuttings ; Harrison's own research notes ; a partial set of photocopies of Marion Mahoney Griffin's 'The Magic of America' ; listings and copies of Griffin holdings in American libraries ; and other published and unpublished sources. Of special interest is the original draft of Nancy Price's thesis with annotations in Griffin's hand (piece 35). There is also a large tracing and watercolour drawing made by Harrison of Griffin's perspective submitted for the Canberra design competition in 1912 (piece 44).

In the 1950s Harrison borrowed documents and photographs originally owned by the Griffins that later passed to Eric Nicholls. Some of these documents were found in the Harrison Papers at the time of processing and were separated to form the E.M. Nicholls Collection. The listing below indicates where this has occurred. In 1996 the Nicholls Collection was returned to the Nicholls family. Copies of the Nicholls material were occasionally made by Harrison and these have been retained in the Harrison Papers.

Peter Harrison's writings on Griffin, including various drafts and a bound copy of 'Walter Burley Griffin: Landscape Architect', together with illustrations intended for the book, are located in Series 5.

Folder/piece

1

Correspondence on Griffin, 1970-75.

2

Correspondence on Griffin, 1965-69.

3

Correspondence on Griffin, 1955-65.

4

Mark L. Peisch - correspondence on Griffin, 1956-66 ; includes E.M. Nicholls - Peisch correspondence, 1954-56.

5

‘Dramatis personae’ - background notes, records of interview, source material.

6

'Writings by WBG' ; 'WBG notes'

7

'Material about WBG' ; 'Frank Lloyd Wright'

8

Research notes and documents on Walter Burley Griffin.

9

Research papers, including: James Weirick notes ; Leeton (The Irrigation Record, 1 May 1915)

10

'Schemes USA'

11

Newspaper clippings, 1963-64, 1972, 1987 ; 'About WBG' ; Marion M. Griffin ; 'WBG personal' ; photographs

12

'Articles etc. by WBG on landscape etc.' ; Peter Harrison photocopies (partial set of originals in E.M. Nicholls Collection)

13

'Castlecrag'

14

'India' ; 'University Library, Lucknow'

15

'Griffin and Leeton' ; 'Knitlock' ; 'Incinerators' ; 'Site planning Australia'

16

Folders (envelopes) on buildings, works of Griffin - (other folders and items from these folders are in the E.M. Nicholls Collection)

17

Fyshwick drawings ; Plans of Griffin buildings (photograph copies, reduced)

18

Files (envelopes) - Castlecrag houses and buildings, chiefly photographs and plans (other folders and items from these folders are in the E.M. Nicholls Collection)

19

Walter Burley Griffin - work in America ; Canberra. [folio]

20

Walter Burley Griffin - Castlecrag, building plans ; Work in Australia (excluding Castlecrag, Newman College and Canberra) [folio]

21

Walter Burley Griffin - work in India ; Marion Mahoney Griffin. [folio]

22

‘The Magic of America’ - Section 1 or 2, pg. 370a-447.

23

‘The Magic of America’ - Section 1 or 2, pg. 112-213.

24

‘The Magic of America’ - Section 1 or 2, pg. 214-{300}.

25

‘The Magic of America’ - Section 1 or 2, pg.309-398.

26

‘The Magic of America’ - Section 1 or 2, pg. 399a-492.

27

‘The Magic of America’ - Section 3, The Municipal Battle. pg. 1-52.

28

‘The Magic of America’ - Section 3, The Municipal Battle. pg. 53-111.

29

‘The Magic of America’ - Section 4, The Individual Battle. pg. 1-75a.

30

‘The Magic of America’ - Section 4, The Individual Battle. pg. 76-171.

31

‘The Magic of America’ - Section 4, The Individual Battle. pg.172-242.

32

‘The Magic of America’ - Section 4, The Individual Battle. pg. 243-326.

33

‘The Magic of America’ - Section 4, The Individual Battle. pg. 327-418.

34

‘The Magic of America’ - Section 4, The Individual Battle. pg. 419-494.

35

Nancy Price. 'Walter Burley Griffin'. Thesis, with annotations by Walter Burley Griffin (holograph and typescript), 1933.

36

Nancy Price. 'Walter Burley Griffin', 1933. Photocopies (2) with explanatory note by Peter Harrison.

37

Photographs - negatives, positives ; Griffin plans, including those held at Northwestern University.

38

Griffin works, USA - plans and drawings - microfilm print and copies (Avery Library, Columbia University)

39

Aerial view of Sydney, 1914; Griffin and Canberra - notes, references, source material.

40

Griffin and Canberra - notes, reference and source material.

41

Proceedings of Congress of Engineers, Architects and Surveyors on the Building of the Federal Capital, 1901 (copy)

42

1909 Canberra site plan.

43

'View from summit of Mount Ainslie'; 'Cycloramic view of Canberra Capital site - view looking from Camp Hill.

44

'View from summit of Mount Ainslie' - tracing and watercolour. "This is a tracing of one of the drawings submitted by Walter Burley Griffin for the design competition for the national capital in 1912. The original is photoprinted on three sheets of linen and rendered in colour; it was almost certainly drawn and rendered by Marion Mahoney Griffin. Peter Harrison, April 1958". [folio]

45

Griffin Canberra plan (miscellaneous documents - copies)

46

Photographic reproductions of Federal Capital site map and plans; early aerial photographs.

47

Photographic reproductions of design perspectives and other material, chiefly on the Federal Capital design competition and Griffin plan.

48

Commonwealth of Australia. Federal Capital Competition Outline (copy), 1912. [folio]

49

Canberra. Competition conditions and other documents.

50

Parliamentary papers.

51

Federal Capital design. Griffin report 1913 ; Royal Victorian Institute of Architects Journal articles, 1911-19 (copies)

52

Royal Commission on Federal Capital Administration. Particulars summary; minutes of evidence, 1917; notes by P. Harrison.

53

Royal Commission on Federal Capital Administration, 1917, minutes of evidence. (i)

54

Royal Commission on Federal Capital Administration, 1917, minutes of evidence (ii)

55

Royal Commission on Federal Capital Administration, 1917, minutes of evidence (iii)

56

Royal Commission on Federal Capital Administration, 1917, minutes of evidence (iv)

57

Royal Commission on Federal Capital Administration, 1917, chiefly reports (originals and copies)

58

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works, 1915-16, reports, notes.

59

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works, 1923-28, reports, notes.

60

Australian Town Planning Conference and Exhibition, Adelaide, 1917. Proceedings.

61

Second Australian Town Planning Conference, Brisbane, 1918. Proceedings.

62

Copies of official records regarding (i) engagement of W.B. Griffin as Federal Capital Director of Design and Construction 1919-21; (ii) Henry F. Halloran 20/3/1924; Federal Capital Advisory Committee report 1926 (C.S. Daley's copy)

63

Walter Burley Griffin Memorial, Canberra, 1975-76, 1984.

64

Works on Griffin sent to Harrison for comment: J.D. Hodgson, P.L. Johnson, A.J.W. Powell, 1968-84.

65

M. Allen Brooks. PhD thesis, 1957 - ‘The Prairie School ... 1893-1916’ (photograph copy)

66

Published sources on Griffin, 1956, 1964-73.

67

Published sources on Griffin, 1973.

68

Talks and published sources on Griffin, 1976-88.

69

Published sources on Griffin, 1988.

70

The Architectural Review, No. 4., 1908 - (A Prairie School Press Reissue, 1967)

Series 7 Lecture and reference files, 1950s - 1960s

The series comprises a group of 18 titled files (one empty) and an album of 35 mm. photographic negatives. Most files appear to have been created by Harrison in the 1950s, when he was Senior Lecturer in Town Planning at the University of Sydney. Some titles refer to specific courses, while others have broader subject headings. There are course outlines with related material, Harrison's own notes, and both unpublished and published reference material. The bulk of the file contents date from the early 1950s to mid 1960s, but some items have an earlier or later date.

Folder/piece

1

TEO II {Theory and practice}.

2

Open spaces ; Architecture.

3

Civic design ; Renewal.

4

Law and administration ; Civic survey.

5

Neighbourhoods.

6

Philosophy.

7

National Planning.

8

Urban theory.

9

Universities.

10

Housing

11

Retail ; Need for planning.

12

Education {empty file} ; Traffic.

13

Album of photograph negatives on town planning.

Series 8 Town Planning in NSW, SA, WA, 1953-86

While Peter Harrison is most widely known for his association with the planning of Canberra, he was also involved in other states and in particular New South Wales. Harrison worked as a planning officer for the Cumberland County Council from its inception in 1946 until 1950, and was a member of the Height of Buildings Advisory Committee of the State Planning Authority of NSW. Later he was a consultant on planning projects in Adelaide, Darwin and Sydney, as well as overseas.

Most of this series on planning policy and law in New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia is comprised of various kinds of published and unpublished reference material, although some correspondence and notes are also present. The greater part of the series concerns NSW planning, especially Sydney. There is a substantial group of newspaper cutting files (1965-81), and copies of some publications sent to Harrison, together with associated correspondence, comments or other documents he inserted in these works.

Folder/piece

1

Sydney Green Belt, 1957-65.

2

Sydney Central Business District (including Height of Building papers), 1956-68 [bulk]

3

Sydney Central Business District, 1919-66.

4

Sydney Central Business District; Papers by R.W. Archer, 1966-67.

5

Sydney Central Business District, 1953-80.

6

Sydney Cove redevelopment (The Rocks), 1965-68 [bulk]

7

Miscellaneous papers : Kelly's Bush, 1974-83 ; Straten title, 1961, 1970-77 ; Clippings - Perth planning, 1977-80 ; other papers and clippings.

8

NSW Planning Law, 1919-82. (i)

9

NSW Planning Law, 1919-82. (ii)

10

NSW Planning Law, 1919-82 (iii)

11

Cuttings : Central Sydney (i), 1966, 1971-81.

12

Cuttings : Central Sydney (ii), 1972-74.

13

Cuttings : Central Sydney (iii), 1971-72.

14

Cuttings : Central Sydney (iv), 1967-71.

15

Cuttings : Planning Control (Land and Valuation Court), 1969-73 ; State Planning Authority (i) 974-81.

16

Cuttings : State Planning Authority (ii), 1972-75.

17

Cuttings : State Planning Authority (iii), 1964-72.

18

Cuttings : Local government (i), 1973-78, 1980.

19

Cuttings : Local government (ii), 1965, 1968-73.

20

Cuttings : Decentralisation (i), 1972-77, 1980.

21

Cuttings : Decentralisation (ii), 1965, 1967-73.

22

Cuttings : DURD (Dept. of Urban and Regional Development) (i), 1974-78.

23

Cuttings : DURD (Dept. of Urban and Regional Development) (ii), 1968, 1972-74.

24

Woolloomooloo appeal, 1969-86?

25

NSW Minister for Planning and Environment, 1974, 1975 ; Reports on NSW planning system with associated papers, 1975.

26

NSW Planning and Environment Commission. Report to the Minister for Planning and Environment, Nov. 1975 (annotated copy)

27

Leoni Sandercock. 'Public participation in planning: a report prepared for the Monarto Development Commission', 1975 with associated documents on planning participation, 1978.

28

Publications with associated papers : T. Birtles. Urban and regional administration and planning of the South East Region of New South Wales (1981) ; Gordon Stephenson. The design of Central Perth (1975) ; and second interim report on Joondalup Centre (1976).

29

Alan Hutchings and Raymond Bunker (eds.). With conscious purpose : a history of town planning in South Australia, 1986 (with associated papers).

Series 9 Committees of Inquiry 1955-88

Peter Harrison sent submissions to, or presented evidence at, a number of inquiries into aspects of ACT planning during his career. His representations were made variously as an academic, an NCDC planner, a member of professional associations, and as a concerned private citizen.

The series contains papers kept by Harrison on eight inquiries between 1955 and 1987 for which he provided submissions or gave evidence. It commences with the 1955 Senate Select Committee on the Development of Canberra, at which Harrison was an influential witness, and finishes with the 1987 Parliamentary Committee on the ACT, for which he provided a submission on city development (Section 38). Included are copies of his own submissions and statements, as well as those of others, Hansard transcripts, correspondence and a variety of reference papers (both published and unpublished) and notes.

Folder/piece

1

Senate Select Committee appointed to Inquire into, and Report on the Development of Canberra. Report, 1955

2

Parliamentary Joint Committee of Public Accounts - NCDC. Minutes of evidence, 1966.

3

Parliamentary Joint Committee on the ACT. Freehold Land Inquiry ; evidence of Harrison ; NCDC and other submissions and papers, 1967 [bulk]

4

Parliamentary Joint Committee on ACT. Freeholds Lands Inquiry. Submissions, papers, report, 1967-68.

5

Parliamentary Joint Committee on ACT. Freeholds Lands Inquiry. Transcript of Proceedings, 1967 (i).

6

Parliamentary Joint Committee on ACT. Freeholds Lands Inquiry. Transcript of Evidence, 1967 (ii)

7

Parliamentary Joint Committee on ACT. Freeholds Lands Inquiry. Transcripts of Evidence, 1967 (iii)

8

Parliamentary Joint Committee on ACT. Freeholds Lands Inquiry. Transcript of Evidence, 1967 (iv)

9

Joint Select Committee on the New and Permanent Parliament House. Correspondence, 1968-69 ; Reference documents, 1961-64.

10

Joint Select Committee on the New and Permanent Parliament House. Transcript of Evidence, 1969.

11

Parliamentary Joint Committee on the New and Permanent Parliamentary House - submissions, 1969 ; Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works ; Commonwealth Centre, Woolloomooloo NSW - report and minutes of evidence, 1972.

12

Land Tenures Inquiry. Letters from Commission to W.D. Borrie and Harrison ; Harrison submission ; Commission draft documents, reference material., 1973.

13

Land Tenures Inquiry. Reference material, 1962-75.

14

Land Tenures Inquiry. Dept. of Capital Territory Submission, 1973.

15

Land Tenures Inquiry. Submissions: R.W. Archer, DURD, NCDC, 1973.

16

Land Tenures Inquiry. Submission: Max Neutze, 1973.

17

Land Tenures Inquiry. Report, November, 1973. (preliminary copy)

18

Land Tenures Inquiry. First report, 1973; final report, 1976; cuttings, 1973.

19

Land tenure - post Inquiry, reference material, 1978, 1982.

20

Committee of Inquiry into Expansion of the National Capital of NSW, 1975. Terms of reference; correspondence; evidence of Harrison; Royal Australian Planning Institute submission; other papers, 1973-75; Report of Committee (unbound copy), 1975.

21

Committee of Inquiry into the Expansion of the National Capital into NSW. Reference documents.

22

Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Capital Territory. Hansard, Sept. and Oct. 1982; Joint Committee on the Australian Capital Territory. Evidence by P.F. Harrison.

23

Parliamentary Joint Committee on the ACT. Variation of Canberra Plan - 89th series, 1987. Harrison's submission; Hansards.

24

Parliamentary Joint Committee on the ACT. Variation of Canberra Plan - 89th series, 1987. Hansard [proof]

25

Parliamentary Joint Committee on ACT. (file 'PJC'); correspondence and other papers, 1986-87 [bulk]

26

Inquiry into the Canberra Leasehold System, 1988. Correspondence; submissions of Harrison and others.

27

Inquiry into the Canberra Leasehold System, 1988. Submissions.

28

Inquiry into the Canberra Leasehold System, 1988. Submissions; article and letters by Ed Wensing, 1988-89.

29

Inquiry into the Canberra Leasehold System, 1988. Hansard proof (i).

30

Inquiry into the Canberra Leasehold System, 1988. Hansard proof (ii).

Series 10 National Capital Development Commission, 1958-67

After some negotiation, Peter Harrison left the University of Sydney in 1959 to become inaugural Chief Town Planner of the NCDC. He was recruited by Sir John Overall, who was mindful of Harrison's knowledge of Walter Burley Griffin. Harrison spent the next eight years at the Commission, serving as Director of Town Planning and First Assistant Commissioner.

The series does not reflect the scope of Harrison's work, or the extent of his influence during the period with the Commission. It includes papers from the October 1958 National Capital Planning Committee meeting; files and papers on aspects of Commission planning in its early years including definition of the Australian National University site, and Canberra city centre planning. There are papers on Harrison's consultancy visits, especially in North America in 1965, his resignation from the Commission in 1967, and some printed material including reports of Sir William Holford.

Papers concerning Harrison's appearance as a Commission representative at the 1967 Land Tenure Inquiry are in Series 9.

Folder/piece

1

National Capital Planning Committee meeting, October 1958.

2

National Capital Planning Committee meeting, October 1958; documents on Canberra, 1958-64.

3

NCDC file; Canberra planning, 1959-64

4

ANU site definition; City Centre planning, 1960-63 (i)

5

ANU site definition; City Centre Planning, 1960-63 (ii)

6

Toronto, Ottawa visit, 1965.

7

Philadelphia visit, 1965.

8

Washington visit of Harrison, 1964-65, including copies of a reports by R.B. Lansdown.

9

Canberra planning - chiefly NCDC/NCPC, 1965-67.

10

Papers, mostly on Harrison's resignation from NCDC and his 1967 consultancy.

11

Holford reports, 1958-62.

12

Holford reports, 1963-67 (including article in Town Planning Review, Apr., 1967)

13

Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, 1954 (Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works report - photocopy)

14

NCDC maps of the Australian Capital Territory

15

Diagram to illustrate observations on the future developments of Canberra, 1957 (folio)

Series 11 NSW Land Commission, 1979-84 (Closed until 2014)

Harrison served as a part-time commissioner of the Land Commission of New South Wales during 1979-83. When Harrison left the Commission the Minister for Housing, Tony Sheehan, wrote to express appreciation for his contribution to the work of the Commission since its establishment 'despite the fact that your views have not always accorded with the Government's aspirations for the Commissioners role in its housing programme'.

The series contains correspondence and minutes, (mostly copies) notes, legislation, cuttings and Land Commission publications.

Folder/piece

1

Land Commission of NSW - correspondence and minutes, notes, legislation, cuttings, 1979-83 [bulk]

2

Land Commission of NSW - publications (mostly annual reports), 1977-84.

3

Draft dummy - copy of Land Commission publication ‘The streets where we live’, 1982.

Series 12 National Capital Planning Committee, 1980-84 (Closed until 2014)

Harrison's first association with the National Capital Planning Committee, an advisory body associated with the National Capital Development Commission, began when he attended its October 1958 meeting around the time he joined the staff of the Commission. While at the Urban Research Unit of the ANU in 1979 he became a member of the Committee as a nominee of the Royal Australian Planning Institute. He resigned from the Committee in 1984, referring to his increasing concern about the practices and policies of the NCDC. This series contains papers for the 179th to 190th NCPC meetings (August 1981 to May 1984); correspondence concerning Harrison's resignation from the Committee; and a 1980 draft of the City Centre Policy Plan circulated to Committee members.

Some correspondence relating to Harrison's views and activities as an NCPC member may also be found at Series 15/56.

Folder/piece

1

City Centre Policy Plan, 1980 (NCPC meeting agenda item).

2

National Capital Planning Committee - 179th-180th meeting papers Aug., Oct. 1981.

3

NCPC - papers for meetings 181-182, Feb. and Oct. 1982.

4

NCPC - papers for meetings 183-184, Dec. 1982 and Feb. 1983.

5

NCPC - papers for meetings 185-186, Apr. and June 1983.

6

NCPC - papers for meetings 187-188, Aug. and Nov. 1983.

7

NCPC - papers for meeting 189, Feb. 1984.

8

NCPC - papers for meeting 190, May 1984; correspondence regarding Harrison's resignation, 1984.

Series 13 Design and Siting Review Committee, 1981-84 (Closed until 2014)

Harrison became a member of the Design and Siting Review Committee (DSRC), a government body, as a nominee of the National Capital Planning Committee. As a member of the DSRC, he participated in the determination of appeals lodged against refusals of the NCDC under its Design and Siting Policies. This work was in an honorary capacity. In 1984 Harrison resigned after being required to appear before the Deputy Ombudsman in a particular case: "I am not prepared to continue in a position where I can be summoned like a perfidious public servant by any nut who chooses to complain to the Ombudsman".

The series contains papers relating to appeals between 1981 and 1984, together with correspondence on Harrison's resignation.

Folder/piece

1

Design and Siting Review Committee - Papers, 1982-84.

2

Design and Siting Review Committee - Papers, 1981-84.

3

Reference documents, 1970-84

Series 14 Professional Associations, 1976-90

Peter Harrison was a long-standing member of two professional associations: the Royal Australian Planning Institute (and its predecessors, the Australian Planning Institute and Town and Country Planning Institute of Australia) and the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. A Life Fellow of RAIA, he resigned his fellowship in 1990 in protest at the policies of the ACT Chapter on the Canberra Metropolitan Plan. Harrison was also a Life Fellow of the Royal Australian Planning Institute. He was awarded the Institute's Sidney Luker Memorial Medal in 1972.

This series contains small groups of papers concerning Harrison's membership of the two associations in later years. It comprises mainly correspondence and printed material. Harrison's Sidney Luker Medal and citation are in Series 1.

Folder/piece

1

Royal Australian Institute of Architects – papers, 1968, 1983-90.

2

Royal Australian Planning Institute, 1976-87.

Series 15 Canberra Planning Activist, 1965-90 (bulk 1983-90) (Partly Closed)

Harrison retired from the Urban Research Unit of the Australian National University in 1983. His interest in the planning of the national capital, however, remained as strong as ever. Until his death in 1990, Harrison was very active as a private citizen in seeking to resist Canberra planning policies that he felt were contrary to earlier NCDC principles. Particular concerns included the move away from the 'neighbourhood' principle in residential areas, the overdevelopment of Civic Centre, and flaws in the leasehold system, including changes to lease purpose clauses that benefited lessees. Harrison's increasing disillusion led to his resignation from the Design and Setting Review Committee (Series 13), Royal Australian Institute of Architects (Series 14) and even from the Order of Australia (Series 1).

This series contains a range of material, both printed and manuscript, created and accumulated by Harrison. It reveals the extent of his efforts as a planning activist, including his considerable research. There is a significant group of documents on the various court cases involving office development in Civic, most of which involved Harrison. Other subjects represented include the Metropolitan, National Capital and Civic Plans; the 1982 Committee of Review of the NCDC; transport and parking; heritage and environment; inner suburban development, including the Reid Residents Association; and planning in Woden and Tuggeranong. There are research notes; court transcripts and submissions; NCDC proposals and policy reports of various kinds; correspondence, including Harrison's letters to The Canberra Times as well as to the NCDC, Interim Territory Planning Authority and National Capital Planning Authority ; and other papers. Many of the publications and reports bear Harrison's annotations. These reports, although printed, were often internal documents or had only limited circulation.

Copies of some NCDC documents are subject to the provisions of the Archives Act 1983 and are closed for 30 years from the date of creation.

Court Cases (Pieces 1-54) (see also folders 175-191)

Folder/piece

1

Park Royal Motel, 1963 ; Braddon lease variations, 1963-64; Lanyon, 1974

2

Black Mountain Judgement (i), 1973

3

Black Mountain Judgement (ii), 1973

4

Atherane (ACT Supreme Court)- affidavits, 1985

5

Atherane - transcript of proceedings, affidavits, judgement and notes, 1985

6

Atherane - transcript of proceedings, corrections and judgements, 1985

7

San Sebastian - High Court judgement, 1986

8

Idonz v NCDC (ACT Supreme Court)- judgements, 1985-86

9

Idonz v NCDC - affidavits, 1986-87

10

Idonz v NCDC - affidavits, chronology, other papers, 1986-87

11

Morpath Pty. Ltd (ACT Supreme Court) - transcripts and judgements (i), 1985-86

12

Morpath Pty. Ltd. - transcripts and judgements (ii), 1985

13

Morpath Pty. Ltd. - affidavits, 1987

14

Morpath Pty. Ltd. v ACT Youth Accommodation Group Inc. (Federal Court) - court transcripts and judgements, 1987

15

Morpath Pty. Ltd. - Federal Court judgement; ACT Supreme Court costs, 1987-88 (also copy of Concrete Constructions judgement, 1989)

16

Tekmat Investments (formerly Axiom Pty. Ltd.), ACT Supreme Court: lease variation application - affidavits, judgements, 1986-87

16

Tekmat Investments - transcript of proceedings (i), 1986

16

Tekmat Investments - transcript of proceedings (ii), 1986-87

17

Tekmat Investments - transcript of proceedings, judgement and order for costs, 1987

19

Tekmat Investments - transcript, order for costs, 1987

20

'Rocky Knoll' (O'Neill v Wyderman, NCDC & Unity Church) - Federal Court judgement, 1987

21

Braddon lease applications - ACT Supreme Court orders : Pongara Holdings, 1987, Gregorys (Properties) Pty Ltd, 1989, Atherane Pty. Ltd 1988

22

Concrete Constructions Group Pty Ltd lease variation application, ACT Supreme Court - Court papers (i), 1988-89

23

Concrete Constructions Group - Court papers (ii), 1988-89

24

Concrete Constructions Group - Affidavits and applications, 1988

25

Concrete Constructions Group - Affidavits and submissions, 1988-89 (see also folders 175-76)

26

Concrete Constructions Group - transcript of proceedings, index (i), 1988

27

Concrete Constructions Group - transcript of proceedings, index (ii), 1988

28

Concrete Constructions Group - Federal Court - Gallop, Sheppard, Neaves 13.3.90 (judgements) and case chronology (referenced to Appeal Books)

29

Concrete Constructions Group Pty Ltd v McNamara, Harrison, Wensing & Minister for Industry, Employment and Education. Appeal Book, Vol. 1, 1988-89

30

Appeal Book, Vol. 2

31

Appeal Book, Vol. 3

32

Appeal Book, Vol. 4

33

Appeal Book, Vol. 5

34

Photographs (court exhibit)

35

Legislative Assembly - correspondence and other papers (i), 1989-90

36

Legislative Assembly - correspondence and other papers (ii), 1989-90

37

Legislative Assembly Concrete Inquiry - transcripts and other papers, 1989

38

Legislative Assembly Concrete Inquiry - submissions, Assembly proceedings, 1989

39

Legislative Assembly Canberra Times site inquiry - transcript of proceedings, Sept-Oct 1989

40

Rondda Enterprises Pty. Ltd., lease propose variation (ACT Supreme Court) -affidavits, 1990

41

Rondda Enterprises - affidavits ; notes, 1990

42

Rondda Enterprises - affidavit draft and other papers, correspondence re court costs, 1987-90

43

YMCA, White Industries, Uniting Church, Civic - notes, calculations and working papers, 1984-89 (some official documents CLOSED)

(Pieces 44-50 CLOSED until 2017)

44

Copies of NCDC file documents (bound) - Uniting Church, Section 22 (City)

45

Copies of NCDC file documents (bound) - Sundown and Starlight Drive-Ins

46

Copies of NCDC file documents (bound) - Ansett Terminal, Section 26 (City)

47

Copies of NCDC file documents (bound) - YMCA, Section 10 (City)

48

Copies of NCDC file documents (bound) - White Industries, Sections 11, 41, 60 (City), pt 1

49

Copies of NCDC file documents (bound) - White Industries, Sections 11, 41, 60 (City), pt 2

50

Copies of NCDC file documents (bound) - Idonz Town House Motel, Section 23 (City)

51

Environmental assessments relating to the proposed redevelopment of the former Canberra Times site, 1990

52

Papers on Concrete Constructions case, Civic planning policies c.1987-88 [bulk]

53

Papers on Concrete Constructions case - notes, articles, policies, sketch plans, 1987-88

54

Concrete Constructions case - Harrison's affidavit, exhibits, judgement, 1988

55

NCDC - correspondence (i), 1975-78

56

NCDC - correspondence (ii), 1973-89

57

Territory Planning Authority - correspondence (i), 1989-90 (i)

58

Territory Planning Authority - correspondence (ii), 1989-90 (ii)

59

Territory Planning Authority - copies of ITPA policy variation proposals ; submission by Harrison, 1989

60

NCPA - correspondence and other papers (i), 1989-90

61

NCPA - correspondence and other papers (ii), 1989

62

Committee of Review of the NCDC - correspondence, notes, reference material, submissions, 1982-83

63-70

Committee of Review of the NCDC - submissions by NCDC, Dept of the Capital Territory and other bodies, 1982-83

71

NCDC - 'Response to Committee of Review on Economic Future of Canberra', April 1983

71a

David Block review : On-going role of the NCDC - papers, 1987-88

72

Metropolitan Plan - NCDC documents, reports, 1980-84

73

Metropolitan Plan, National Capital Plan - reports and printed material, 1986-89

74

NCDC. Metropolitan Canberra: Policy Plan, Development Plan (draft), August, 1983

75

NCDC. Metropolitan Canberra : Policy Plan, Development Plan (final published version) July 1984

76-84

Parliamentary Joint Committee in the ACT (Reference: Metropolitan Plan) - Hansard reports, 1984-86

85-86

NCPA. National Capital Plan : draft proposals, 2 vols., 1989

87-88

Parliamentary Joint Committee on the ACT : Review of the draft National Capital Plan. Hansard transcripts, 1989

89

NCPA and Interim Territory Planning Authority. 'Analysis of metropolitan planning issues for a population of 500,000' - First draft, May 1989

90

NCPA. National Capital Plan: draft, 1990

91

Civic Policy Plan : notes and reference papers, 1987

92-93

Civic planning policy - office accommodation and retailing - notes, calculations, plans and research papers c.1985-88

94

Civic planning policy - reports, articles, letters, 1988-90

95

Joan Roberts - Canberra City Employment Survey, March 1986

96

Hotels/Sec 38 - reports, NCDC and DCT information, 1984-87

97

NCDC. City Centre Review, 1976

98

NCDC. Civic Centre Policy Plan, Development Plan : Summary of conclusions and proposals. Draft for discussion., Feb. 1982

99

NCDC. Civic Centre Canberra Policy Plan : published drafts for discussion and final version, 1982-89

100-112

Reid (Residents), 1975 ; Turner Residents' Association, 1987 ; Braddon Oval, 1989-90 - various documents

113

Reid Residents Association, 1987, 1990; Reid ; Turner ; city parking - various papers

114

Turner Sections 24 & 43 policy planning, 1984; Queanbeyan City Council - duplex design/siting, 1985

115-116

Ed Wensing. 'Review of the Draft Policy Plan for Braddon Section 21, Blocks 1 to 12'. Report for NCDC, 5 Sept. 1985, 2 vols

117

Loder & Bayley Pty. Ltd. 'Reid Braddon LATM Study : Report to NCDC and ACT Administration', August 1987

118

John Gilchrist. 'Woden-Weston Creek New Town'. MSc Architecture (Town Planning), February 1985

119

Tuggeranong - various papers, 1971-74, 1988

120

Tuggeranong Centre, 1983-84

121

‘Glebe Park’, 1982

122-124

‘Baringa Gardens’, 1983-85

125-127

‘Heritage and Environment’, 1983-90

128

Heritage and environment - media release, drafting instructions for Planning and Environment Bill, 1989

129-132

Civic parking - reference material, 1984-87

133

Dept of Territories and Local Government - 'City Parking', April, 1994

134

ACT transport, pollution - reports and associated papers, 1985-87

135

Urban transport - conference and other papers, 1968, 1986

136

R.J. Nairn and Partners Pty Ltd 'City Distributor Roads Study : Final Report', March 1985 (report for NCDC)

137

R.J. Nairn and Partners Pty Ltd 'Final Report for the City Bus Interchange Study', March 1989 (report for ACT Administration)

138

'Serving the Community : the Future Direction of Public Transport in Canberra'. Final report for the NCDC/DCT Joint Public Transport Study, July 1987

139

Nelson, English, Loxton & Andrews Pty Ltd 'Civic Parking Pricing Policy - Implementation Study ; Report for NCDC', January 1985 (Reid Residents Association copy)

140-141

NCDC Engineering Division. 'Transport Implications of City Development', draft reports, 1985 (CLOSED until 2015)

142

Loder & Bayley Pty Ltd 'Monash Drive or Majura Parkway?' - draft report to NCDC, September 1987 (CLOSED until 2017)

143

Parking and transport - copies of NCDC file documents, 1984-85 [CLOSED until 2015]

144

'Parking' - reference material, notes, 1987-88

145

Public transport - reports, policies, c1976-90

146

Surplus schools - policies and plans (ACT Government/Interim Territory Planning Authority), 1989

147

Canberra Association for Regional Development (CARD) - submissions, reports, 1981-84

148

CARD, BOMA (Business Owners & Managers Association), business/property development - newsletters, submissions, papers, 1985-89

149

Canberra leasehold system - reports, articles, letter by Ed Wensing, 1988-90

150

A.J.W. Powell interview, 3 July 1985 - transcript notes

151

Letters, articles, talk notes, printed material on aspects of Canberra planning, 1981-88

152

Peter Harrison - letters to The Canberra Times, 1985-90; letter to Pru Goward (Radio 2CN), 1990

152A

Radio interviews of Malcolm Latham, George Snow and others - transcripts and notes, 1985-89

153

Planning education, community environments and other planning matters - various papers, 1977, 1983, 1987

154

Canberra planning - miscellaneous papers, reports, 1988-89

155

NCDC leaflets, publications, Technical Report 29, 1959, 1969-80

156

NCDC: planning and development - leaflets, reports, 1977-83

157

NCDC Planning Policy plans/proposals, 1979-88

158

ITPA draft proposals for public comment, 1989-90

159-172

Reports and publications prepared by and for the NCDC on Canberra planning, 1965-85, including The future Canberra, (1965), Tomorrow's Canberra, (1970) and reports/studies on retailing (1961-81), transportation (1963), the Canberra Plan concept (1967-75), city size considerations (1972), Lower Gooromon (1973), Lanyon (1974), West Murrumbidgee Structure Plan (1976), waters of the Canberra region (1981), Parliamentary Zone development (1983) and urban consolidation (1985)

173

ITPA. Towards a new Territory Plan for the ACT: key issues for discussion, September, 1990

174

NCPA. Submission to Commonwealth Grants Commission Inquiry into Financing the ACT, September 1990

Added 21 October 1997

Mainly briefing material supplied by Peter Harrison and Ed Wensing to barrister Brendan Hull regarding the Concrete Constructions Group court case.

Folder/piece

175-76

Concrete Constructions Group – submissions, 1989

177

Cuttings and articles, 1985-90

178

Papers, 1976-90 including ‘Redevelopment of the former Canberra Times site’ (report of the ACT Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Infrastructure, Oct. 1989), and article ‘Changing times and the civic environment’ by Harrison (July 1990), correspondence, legislation and a lecture by M.M.B Latham

179

‘Belconnen Town Centre commercial core study report’, NCDC, Dec. 1971

180

‘Belconnen Town Centre policy plan development plan draft for discussion’ (NCDC, Apr., 1985)

181

‘City distributor roads study’, final report, R.J. Nairn and Partners, Mar. 1985

182

‘Civic Centre employment study’, NCDC, Aug. 1988

183

‘Civic Centre review policy plan implementation plan’, NCDC, Sept. 1987

184

‘Employment study – Civic Centre’, NCDC, [1986]

185

‘Joint Canberra public transport study’, NCDC, Sept. 1986

186

Metropolitan Canberra policy plan and development plan: transport and land use, NCDC, Nov. 1986

187

‘Parking control measures: Braddon, Turner and Reid’, R.J. Nairn and Partners, Apr. 1986

188

Report on proposals for variations of the plan of layout of the city of Canberra and its environs, Standing Committee on the ACT, 1987

189

‘Report on the Canberra leasehold system’, Senate Standing Committee on Transport, Communications and Infrastructure, Nov. 1988

190

‘Review of office policy’, NCDC, Feb. 1987

191

The way we are: Canberra NCDC projects ‘84

Series 16 ACT Land Tenure Papers, 1963-72

The papers in this small series were assembled by Harrison while at the Urban Research Unit of the ANU. The two files include copies of a few NCDC documents dating from Harrison's period as Chief City Planner.

Folder/piece

1

ACT Leasehold tenure, 1964-72 - reference documents prepared by NCDC Research Section; 'answers to questions by Senior Legal Officer' (NCDC briefing, 1963); copy of letter from R. Kingsland to J. Overall, 15 June 1963 re matters to discuss with Henry Wells; and other reference material.

2

'ACT' (leasehold and land rent) 1962-72 - NCDC minutes 1962-64; articles, cuttings, and reference documents including report of the interdepartmental Working Group to Review Provisions Relating to Planning and Development (1972); correspondence , 1970 re abolition of Canberra land rents.

Series 17 References and Examiner Reports, 1976-87 [Restricted]

During the 1970s and 1980s Peter Harrison was asked on a number of occasions to act as a referee by colleagues and associates in support of their job applications. He also acted as an examiner for several Masters theses in town planning and urban studies at the University of Adelaide, Australian National University, University of Queensland and University of Sydney.

The series, formerly housed in one binder, contains correspondence and associated papers. There are also copies of two assessor's reports provided by Harrison for Australian Research Grants Scheme applications in 1984 and 1985.

Correspondents include Gareth Roberts, John Black, Raymond Bunker, Geoffrey Hunt, Roger Pegrum, Dean Lambert, James Conner and Doug Daines.

Folder/piece

1

References and examiner reports, 1976-79.

2

References, examiner reports and ARGS assessor reports, 1980-87

Series 18 Newspaper Cuttings on Canberra Planning, 1964-90

Peter Harrison accumulated a large reference set of Canberra-related newspaper clippings that he considered relevant to his planning interests. Most of these clippings were originally stored in binders. They cover a range of subjects including land use, housing, office development, planning administration and other issues. There are a few clippings on more general planning matters at the end of the series. While the great majority of the cuttings are from The Canberra Times; there are a few from other newspapers including The Canberra News, Courier, The Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald. Harrison occasionally filed other reference documents and magazine articles amongst the cuttings.

Folder/piece

1

Canberra cuttings, 1964-66, 1976

2

Canberra cuttings, 1966-68

3-6

Canberra cuttings, 1973

7-10

Canberra cuttings, 1974

11-15

Canberra cuttings, 1975

16-17

Canberra cuttings, 1976

18-19

Canberra cuttings, 1977

20

Canberra cuttings,, 1978

21

Canberra cuttings, 1978-79

22

Canberra cuttings, 1978-83

23

Canberra cuttings, 1980-82

24

Canberra cuttings, 1983-84

25

Canberra cuttings, 1984

26-27

Canberra cuttings, 1985

28-29

Canberra cuttings, 1986

30-33

Canberra cuttings, 1987

34-37

Canberra cuttings, 1988

38

Canberra cuttings, 1980-88

39-42

Canberra cuttings, 1989

43

Canberra cuttings, 1968, 1981-89

44-46

Canberra cuttings, 1990

47

Canberra cuttings and reference documents, 1968-90

48

Canberra cuttings and reference documents, 1988-90

49

General cuttings, 1988-90

50-51

General cuttings, 1970-72 ; miscellaneous, 1955-73

52

General cuttings, 1980, 1985-87

53

General cuttings, 1987-88

54-55

General cuttings, 1988-90

56

Miscellaneous cuttings, 1974-83

57

Miscellaneous cuttings, 1984-90

Series 19 Reference and Research Material on Canberra, 1950-89

This series contains material relating to Canberra of a more general nature that was kept by Harrison. It includes copies of newspapers and photographs; a handwritten chronology made by Harrison of events in Canberra's history; a draft of Jim Gibbney's history of Canberra, with Harrison's annotations; maps and plans; and a range of articles and printed material. Other series, notably Series 6 and 15, contain research material more directly related to Harrison's activities as an authority on Walter Burley Griffin and as a Canberra planning activist. Series 18 contains a reference set of Canberra newspaper cuttings.

Folder/piece

1

Gibbney, Jim. 'Canberra 1914-54', Chapters 2-5 (Harrison's marked draft)

2

Gibbney, Jim. 'Canberra 1914-54', Chapters 6-8

3

Biographical details on Walter Burley Griffin and Charles Robert Scrivener with covering letter by Terry Birtles to Harrison, 1986

4

Key events in Canberra planning/building, chronological outline by Harrison, 1901-85 (pencilled notes)

5

Copies of newspapers reporting Canberra's inauguration in 1927

6

Articles, papers and journals on town planning, 1957, 1963-68

7

Printed material on town planning, 1970-71

8

Printed material on town planning, 1972

9

Printed material on town planning, 1973-77

10

Australian Architecture and Design, Vol. 1, No. 3, 1981 ; Planning and Development of Canberra, 1948-58, 1982

11

Printed material on town planning in the ACT, 1983-84

12

Printed material on town planning in the ACT, 1984-88, 1990

13

Dissertation by Mark K. Wiatkowski - Public and private input into the Canberra planning and development process, 1988 ; Town Planning Review, vol. 60, No. 2, 1989

14

Aerial and other photographs of Canberra, mostly 1960s ; illustrated articles on Canberra buildings, memorials, 1950-77

15

Canberra - miscellaneous papers, 1956-77

16

Miscellaneous plans, maps and papers relating to Canberra [folio]

17

Drawings by Greg Deas, NCD C, for a 1974 report on a comparison of Camp Hill and Capital Hill as sites for Parliament [folio]

18

Miscellaneous plans and maps of Canberra (not by Griffin) [folio]

Series 20 Miscellaneous Material, 1916-88

The papers comprise mainly copies of articles, seminar papers, working papers and printed material.

Folder/piece

1-5

Miscellaneous papers re planning, 1957-88

6

Miscellaneous papers re planning; Columbia, Maryland, USA planning, 1967-84

7

Town planning – Albury Wodonga, Thuringowa (Qld), Melbourne, 1916-78

8

Washington : Reference articles, notes, 1956-67 ; Islamabad metropolitan plan [n.d.]

9

Town planning – miscellaneous papers and articles, 1916-83

10

Miscellaneous papers : cutting, articles borrowed by Bernadette Hince (?)

11

Odds & ends, 1963-87

12

Australian architects by Philip Cox, 1984

13-14

Papers relating to the Royal Australian Planning Institute (ACT Division) Planning Award, 1993 and the posthumous publication of Walter Burley Griffin: landscape architect, 1995 (Addition 17 Jan. 1996)


Box List

SERIES FOLDERS BOX
1 1-6 1
2 1-2 1
  3-6 2
3 1-4 2
  5 3
4 1 3
5 1-6 3
  7-14 4
  15-23 5
  24-31 6
  32-38 7
  39-47 8
  50-51 8
6 1-9 9
  10-18 10
  22-30 11
  31-40 12
  41-43 13
  45-47 13
  49 13
  50-55 14
  56-62 15
  63-69 16
7 1-8 17
  9-13 18
8 1-2 18
  3-9 19
  10-16 20
  17-22 21
  23-29 22
9 1-7 23
  8-14 24
  15-22 25
  23-30 26
10 1-9 27
  10-14 28
11 1-3 28
12 1-2 28
  3-8 29
13 1 29
  2-3 30
14 1-2 30
15 1-5 30
  6-14 31
  15-22 32
  23-29 33
  30-35 34
  36-43 35
  44-50 [CLOSED] 36
  51-59 37
  60-69 38
  70-77 39
  78-86 40
  87-92 41
  94 41
  95-104 42
  105-113 43
  114-120 44
  121-127 45
  128-136 46
  137-139, 144 47
  140-143 [CLOSED] 47a
  145-151 48
  152-158 49
  159-164 50
  165-174 51
  175-182 63
  183-191 64
16 1-2 52
17 1-2 52a
18 1-4 52
  5-13 53
  14-22 54
  23-29 55
  30-37 56
  38-45 57
  46-55 58
  56-57 59
19 1-5 59
  6-12 60
  13-15 61
20 1-6 61
  7-14 62

Folio Box List

Series Piece Location
1 7 Plan cabinet
5 31-33 (illustrations) Plan cabinet
  48-49 Plan cabinet
  52 Folio box
6 19-21 Plan cabinet
  44 Top of plan cabinet
  48 Folio box
  70 Folio box
10 15 Folio box
15 93 Folio box
19 16 Folio box
  17 Top of plan cabinet
  18 Plan cabinet
1994
Updated October 1999