Guide to the Papers of Peter Harrison, 1901-1990 (bulk 1951-1990)

MS 8347

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Peter Harrison, 1901-1990 (bulk 1951-1990)
Date Range
Unknown
Collection Number
MS 8347
Extent
8.96 metres
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

Comprehensive collection of personal papers, correspondence and research materials relating to Walter Burley Griffin; town planning and urban development generally and specifically in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory; papers relating to official government and professional bodies including the National Capital Development Commission, National Capital Planning Committee, Design and Siting Review Committee, Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Royal Australian Planning Institute; and papers relating to his activities as a Canberra planning activist.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2202164).

Conditions Governing Use

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Peter Harrison, National Library of Australia, MS 8347, [series and/or file number]'.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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.

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

Separated Materials

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.

Biographical / Historical

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

Item Descriptions

Class MS 8347. Original Consignment Show allonly 1

Series 1. Personal Documents, 1934-90 Show allonly 1

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.

File 1. Employment: references, correspondence; documents on education, qualifications (folder titled 'Household') - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 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 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 3. Order of Australia, 1978-85 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 4. Family papers, family history - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 5. Family history papers - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 6. Photographs - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 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] Show allonly 1

Series 2. General correspondence, 1968-90 Show allonly 1

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).

File 1. Current correspondence A-F, 1978-88 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 2. Current correspondence G-Z, 1980-87 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 3. Correspondence, 1982-90 (alphabetical arrangement) - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 4. Correspondence - Hugh Stretton, 1968-74 ; Richard Gray, 1974-82 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 5. Correspondence ; invitations and other papers, 1980-90 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 6. Unfiled correspondence, 1968-89 (six items) - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 6. Correspondence, 1966-67 (Added 17 Jan. 1996) - Box 2 Show allonly 1

Series 3. Gordon Stephenson Correspondence, 1961-90 Show allonly 1

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.

File 1. Correspondence - Gordon Stephenson, 1961, 1962, 1974-79 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 2. Correspondence - Gordon Stephenson, 1982-85 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 3. Correspondence - Gordon Stephenson, 1986-87 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 4. Correspondence - Gordon Stephenson, 1988-90 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 5. Draft of book on Gordon Stephenson, with covering letters from Christina de Marco, 1990. Some annotations by Peter Harrison - Box 3 Show allonly 1

Series 4. Papers relating to Denis Winston, 1970-83 Show allonly 1

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.

File 1. Papers on Denis Winston, 1970-83 - Box 3 Show allonly 1

Series 5. Writings, Papers, Addresses and Interviews of Peter Harrison, 1951-90 Show allonly 1

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.

File 1. Obituaries, 1977-84 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 2. Book reviews, 1963-90 ; unpublished papers, 1968-80 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 3. Unpublished papers, 1956-68 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 4. List of published works, 1951-90 ; publications, 1956-ca. 1987 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 5. Publications, 1973-78 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 6. Publications, 1970-72 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 7. Publications, 1956-68 - Box 4 Show allonly 1
File 8. Publications, papers, writings, 1985-90 - Box 4 Show allonly 1
File 9. Publications, papers, writings, 1980-85 - Box 4 Show allonly 1
File 10. Walter Burley Griffin and the Federal Capital Design (NCDC), 1979 - Box 4 Show allonly 1
File 11. Publications, papers, writings, 1974-78 - Box 4 Show allonly 1
File 12. Publications, papers, writings, 1973 - Box 4 Show allonly 1
File 13. Publications, papers, writings, 1972 - Box 4 Show allonly 1
File 14. City of Adelaide Planning Report, 1971-72 - Box 4 Show allonly 1
File 15. Publications, papers, writings, 1965-70 - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File 16. Publications, papers, writings, 1961-64 - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File 17. Urban economics talks, ca, 1960-65 - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File 18. Lectures, conference papers, 1957-65; letters to The Canberra Times,, 1968 - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File 19. Articles, submissions, letters to the editor, obituary, 1984-90 - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File 20. Interviews - J.A. Hepburn, Gavin Walkley, 1981 - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File 21. Engineering Heritage of the ACT, 1971-80 (i) - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File 22. Engineering Heritage of the ACT (ii) - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File 23. Engineering Heritage of the ACT (iii) - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File 24. Engineering Heritage of the ACT (iv); Arsenal water - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File 25. Engineering Heritage of the ACT (v); Lakes and dams, RMC, Space stations - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File 26. Engineering Heritage of the ACT (vi); ANU campus history (not by P. Harrison), 1982 - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File 27. 'Walter Burley Griffin: Landscape Architect'. Thesis (set 1), Chs. 1-4; slight marking up - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File 28. Walter Burley Griffin. Thesis (set 1), Chs. 5-6; slight marking up - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File 29. Walter Burley Griffin. Thesis (set 1), Chs.7-8; slight marking up - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File 30. Walter Burley Griffin. Thesis (set 2), Chs. 1-5, with annotations by P. Harrison and Edward Fielder Billson - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File 31. Walter Burley Griffin. Thesis (set 2), Chs. 6-10, annotated by P. Harrison and Edward Filder Billson ; Bibliography Show allonly 1
File 32. Walter Burley Griffin. Thesis. (set 3) Show allonly 1
File 33. Walter Burley Griffin. Thesis (set 4) - bound Show allonly 1
File 34. Walter Burley Griffin. Index (set 4), Chapter 1 - Box 7 Show allonly 1
File 35. Walter Burley Griffin (set 5), Chapter 2 - drafts - Box 7 Show allonly 1
File 36. Walter Burley Griffin (set 5), Chapter 3 - drafts - Box 7 Show allonly 1
File 37. Walter Burley Griffin (set 5), Chapter 4 - drafts, background material - Box 7 Show allonly 1
File 38. Walter Burley Griffin (set 5), Chapter 4 - drafts - Box 7 Show allonly 1
File 39. Walter Burley Griffin (set 5), Chapter 5 - drafts, background papers - Box 8 Show allonly 1
File 40. Walter Burley Griffin (set 5), Chapter 6 - draft, other papers - Box 8 Show allonly 1
File 41. Walter Burley Griffin (set 5 ), Chapter 7 - draft, notes, illustrations - Box 8 Show allonly 1
File 42. Walter Burley Griffin (set 5), Chapter 8 - draft, background papers - Box 8 Show allonly 1
File 43. Walter Burley Griffin (set 5), Chapter 9 - drafts - Box 8 Show allonly 1
File 44. Walter Burley Griffin (set 5), Chapter 10 - drafts - Box 8 Show allonly 1
File 45. Walter Burley Griffin (set 5) - draft, appendices - Box 8 Show allonly 1
File 46. Walter Burley Griffin. Illustrations, unsorted - Box 8 Show allonly 1
File 47. Book illustrations, source material, Introduction, Chapters 1, 5, 7 - Box 8 Show allonly 1
File 48. Book illustrations, source material, Chapters 2, 3. [elephant folio] Show allonly 1
File 49. Book illustrations, source material , Chapters 4, 6. [elephant folio] Show allonly 1
File 50. 'Terms in planning, 1983' - Box 8 Show allonly 1
File 51. 'Planning terminology' by P. Harrison - Box 8 Show allonly 1
File 52. Book illustrations, unsorted (folio) Show allonly 1

Series 6. Research papers on Walter Burley Griffen, 1901-88 Show allonly 1

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.

File 1. Correspondence on Griffin, 1970-75 - Box 9 Show allonly 1
File 2. Correspondence on Griffin, 1965-69 - Box 9 Show allonly 1
File 3. Correspondence on Griffin, 1955-65 - Box 9 Show allonly 1
File 4. Mark L. Peisch - correspondence on Griffin, 1956-66 ; includes E.M. Nicholls - Peisch correspondence, 1954-56 - Box 9 Show allonly 1
File 5. 'Dramatis personae' - background notes, records of interview, source material - Box 9 Show allonly 1
File 6. 'Writings by WBG' ; 'WBG notes' - Box 9 Show allonly 1
File 7. 'Material about WBG' ; 'Frank Lloyd Wright' - Box 9 Show allonly 1
File 8. Research notes and documents on Walter Burley Griffin - Box 9 Show allonly 1
File 9. Research papers, including: James Weirick notes ; Leeton (The Irrigation Record, 1 May 1915) - Box 9 Show allonly 1
File 10. 'Schemes USA' - Box 10 Show allonly 1
File 11. Newspaper clippings, 1963-64, 1972, 1987 ; 'About WBG' ; Marion M. Griffin ; 'WBG personal' ; photographs - Box 10 Show allonly 1
File 12. 'Articles etc. by WBG on landscape etc.' ; Peter Harrison photocopies (partial set of originals in E.M. Nicholls Collection) - Box 10 Show allonly 1
File 13. 'Castlecrag' - Box 10 Show allonly 1
File 14. 'India' ; 'University Library, Lucknow' - Box 10 Show allonly 1
File 15. 'Griffin and Leeton' ; 'Knitlock' ; 'Incinerators' ; 'Site planning Australia' - Box 10 Show allonly 1
File 16. Folders (envelopes) on buildings, works of Griffin - (other folders and items from these folders are in the E.M. Nicholls Collection) - Box 10 Show allonly 1
File 17. Fyshwick drawings ; Plans of Griffin buildings (photograph copies, reduced) - Box 10 Show allonly 1
File 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) - Box 10 Show allonly 1
File 19. Walter Burley Griffin - work in America ; Canberra. [folio] Show allonly 1
File 20. Walter Burley Griffin - Castlecrag, building plans ; Work in Australia (excluding Castlecrag, Newman College and Canberra) [folio] Show allonly 1
File 21. Walter Burley Griffin - work in India ; Marion Mahoney Griffin. [folio] Show allonly 1
File 22. 'The Magic of America' - Section 1 or 2, pg. 370a-447 - Box 11 Show allonly 1
File 23. 'The Magic of America' - Section 1 or 2, pg. 112-213 - Box 11 Show allonly 1
File 24. 'The Magic of America' - Section 1 or 2, pg. 214-{300} - Box 11 Show allonly 1
File 25. 'The Magic of America' - Section 1 or 2, pg.309-398 - Box 11 Show allonly 1
File 26. 'The Magic of America' - Section 1 or 2, pg. 399a-492 - Box 11 Show allonly 1
File 27. 'The Magic of America' - Section 3, The Municipal Battle. pg. 1-52 - Box 11 Show allonly 1
File 28. 'The Magic of America' - Section 3, The Municipal Battle. pg. 53-111 - Box 11 Show allonly 1
File 29. 'The Magic of America' - Section 4, The Individual Battle. pg. 1-75a - Box 11 Show allonly 1
File 30. 'The Magic of America' - Section 4, The Individual Battle. pg. 76-171 - Box 11 Show allonly 1
File 31. 'The Magic of America' - Section 4, The Individual Battle. pg.172-242 - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File 32. 'The Magic of America' - Section 4, The Individual Battle. pg. 243-326 - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File 33. 'The Magic of America' - Section 4, The Individual Battle. pg. 327-418 - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File 34. 'The Magic of America' - Section 4, The Individual Battle. pg. 419-494 - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File 35. Nancy Price. 'Walter Burley Griffin'. Thesis, with annotations by Walter Burley Griffin (holograph and typescript), 1933 - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File 36. Nancy Price. 'Walter Burley Griffin', 1933. Photocopies (2) with explanatory note by Peter Harrison - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File 37. Photographs - negatives, positives ; Griffin plans, including those held at Northwestern University - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File 38. Griffin works, USA - plans and drawings - microfilm print and copies (Avery Library, Columbia University) - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File 39. Aerial view of Sydney, 1914; Griffin and Canberra - notes, references, source material - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File 40. Griffin and Canberra - notes, reference and source material - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File 41. Proceedings of Congress of Engineers, Architects and Surveyors on the Building of the Federal Capital, 1901 (copy) - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File 42. 1909 Canberra site plan - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File 43. 'View from summit of Mount Ainslie'; 'Cycloramic view of Canberra Capital site - view looking from Camp Hill - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File 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] Show allonly 1
File 45. Griffin Canberra plan (miscellaneous documents - copies) - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File 46. Photographic reproductions of Federal Capital site map and plans; early aerial photographs - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File 47. Photographic reproductions of design perspectives and other material, chiefly on the Federal Capital design competition and Griffin plan - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File 48. Commonwealth of Australia. Federal Capital Competition Outline (copy), 1912. [folio] Show allonly 1
File 49. Canberra. Competition conditions and other documents - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File 50. Parliamentary papers - Box 14 Show allonly 1
File 51. Federal Capital design. Griffin report 1913 ; Royal Victorian Institute of Architects Journal articles, 1911-19 (copies) - Box 14 Show allonly 1
File 52. Royal Commission on Federal Capital Administration. Particulars summary; minutes of evidence, 1917; notes by P. Harrison - Box 14 Show allonly 1
File 53. Royal Commission on Federal Capital Administration, 1917, minutes of evidence. (i) - Box 14 Show allonly 1
File 54. Royal Commission on Federal Capital Administration, 1917, minutes of evidence (ii) - Box 14 Show allonly 1
File 55. Royal Commission on Federal Capital Administration, 1917, minutes of evidence (iii) - Box 14 Show allonly 1
File 56. Royal Commission on Federal Capital Administration, 1917, minutes of evidence (iv) - Box 15 Show allonly 1
File 57. Royal Commission on Federal Capital Administration, 1917, chiefly reports (originals and copies) - Box 15 Show allonly 1
File 58. Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works, 1915-16, reports, notes - Box 15 Show allonly 1
File 59. Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works, 1923-28, reports, notes - Box 15 Show allonly 1
File 60. Australian Town Planning Conference and Exhibition, Adelaide, 1917. Proceedings - Box 15 Show allonly 1
File 61. Second Australian Town Planning Conference, Brisbane, 1918. Proceedings - Box 15 Show allonly 1
File 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) - Box 15 Show allonly 1
File 63. Walter Burley Griffin Memorial, Canberra, 1975-76, 1984 - Box 16 Show allonly 1
File 64. Works on Griffin sent to Harrison for comment: J.D. Hodgson, P.L. Johnson, A.J.W. Powell, 1968-84 - Box 16 Show allonly 1
File 65. M. Allen Brooks. PhD thesis, 1957 - 'The Prairie School ... 1893-1916' (photograph copy) - Box 16 Show allonly 1
File 66. Published sources on Griffin, 1956, 1964-73 - Box 16 Show allonly 1
File 67. Published sources on Griffin, 1973 - Box 16 Show allonly 1
File 68. Talks and published sources on Griffin, 1976-88 - Box 16 Show allonly 1
File 69. Published sources on Griffin, 1988 - Box 16 Show allonly 1
File 70. The Architectural Review, No. 4., 1908 - (A Prairie School Press Reissue, 1967) Show allonly 1

Series 7. Lecture and reference files, 1950s - 1960s Show allonly 1

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.

File 1. TEO II {Theory and practice} - Box 17 Show allonly 1
File 2. Open spaces ; Architecture - Box 17 Show allonly 1
File 3. Civic design ; Renewal - Box 17 Show allonly 1
File 4. Law and administration ; Civic survey - Box 17 Show allonly 1
File 5. Neighbourhoods - Box 17 Show allonly 1
File 6. Philosophy - Box 17 Show allonly 1
File 7. National Planning - Box 17 Show allonly 1
File 8. Urban theory - Box 17 Show allonly 1
File 9. Universities - Box 18 Show allonly 1
File 10. Housing - Box 18 Show allonly 1
File 11. Retail ; Need for planning - Box 18 Show allonly 1
File 12. Education {empty file} ; Traffic - Box 18 Show allonly 1
File 13. Album of photograph negatives on town planning - Box 18 Show allonly 1

Series 8. Town Planning in NSW, SA, WA, 1953-86 Show allonly 1

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.

File 1. Sydney Green Belt, 1957-65 - Box 18 Show allonly 1
File 2. Sydney Central Business District (including Height of Building papers), 1956-68 [bulk] - Box 18 Show allonly 1
File 3. Sydney Central Business District, 1919-66 - Box 19 Show allonly 1
File 4. Sydney Central Business District; Papers by R.W. Archer, 1966-67 - Box 19 Show allonly 1
File 5. Sydney Central Business District, 1953-80 - Box 19 Show allonly 1
File 6. Sydney Cove redevelopment (The Rocks), 1965-68 [bulk] - Box 19 Show allonly 1
File 7. Miscellaneous papers : Kelly's Bush, 1974-83 ; Straten title, 1961, 1970-77 ; Clippings - Perth planning, 1977-80 ; other papers and clippings - Box 19 Show allonly 1
File 8. NSW Planning Law, 1919-82. (i) - Box 19 Show allonly 1
File 9. NSW Planning Law, 1919-82. (ii) - Box 19 Show allonly 1
File 10. NSW Planning Law, 1919-82 (iii) - Box 20 Show allonly 1
File 11. Cuttings : Central Sydney (i), 1966, 1971-81 - Box 20 Show allonly 1
File 12. Cuttings : Central Sydney (ii), 1972-74 - Box 20 Show allonly 1
File 13. Cuttings : Central Sydney (iii), 1971-72 - Box 20 Show allonly 1
File 14. Cuttings : Central Sydney (iv), 1967-71 - Box 20 Show allonly 1
File 15. Cuttings : Planning Control (Land and Valuation Court), 1969-73 ; State Planning Authority (i) 974-81 - Box 20 Show allonly 1
File 16. Cuttings : State Planning Authority (ii), 1972-75 - Box 20 Show allonly 1
File 17. Cuttings : State Planning Authority (iii), 1964-72 - Box 21 Show allonly 1
File 18. Cuttings : Local government (i), 1973-78, 1980 - Box 21 Show allonly 1
File 19. Cuttings : Local government (ii), 1965, 1968-73 - Box 21 Show allonly 1
File 20. Cuttings : Decentralisation (i), 1972-77, 1980 - Box 21 Show allonly 1
File 21. Cuttings : Decentralisation (ii), 1965, 1967-73 - Box 21 Show allonly 1
File 22. Cuttings : DURD (Dept. of Urban and Regional Development) (i), 1974-78 - Box 21 Show allonly 1
File 23. Cuttings : DURD (Dept. of Urban and Regional Development) (ii), 1968, 1972-74 - Box 22 Show allonly 1
File 24. Woolloomooloo appeal, 1969-86? - Box 22 Show allonly 1
File 25. NSW Minister for Planning and Environment, 1974, 1975 ; Reports on NSW planning system with associated papers, 1975 - Box 22 Show allonly 1
File 26. NSW Planning and Environment Commission. Report to the Minister for Planning and Environment, Nov. 1975 (annotated copy) - Box 22 Show allonly 1
File 27. Leoni Sandercock. 'Public participation in planning: a report prepared for the Monarto Development Commission', 1975 with associated documents on planning participation, 1978 - Box 22 Show allonly 1
File 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) - Box 22 Show allonly 1
File 29. Alan Hutchings and Raymond Bunker (eds.). With conscious purpose : a history of town planning in South Australia, 1986 (with associated papers) - Box 22 Show allonly 1

Series 9. Committees of Inquiry, 1955-88 Show allonly 1

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.

File 1. Senate Select Committee appointed to Inquire into, and Report on the Development of Canberra. Report, 1955 - Box 23 Show allonly 1
File 2. Parliamentary Joint Committee of Public Accounts - NCDC. Minutes of evidence, 1966 - Box 23 Show allonly 1
File 3. Parliamentary Joint Committee on the ACT. Freehold Land Inquiry ; evidence of Harrison ; NCDC and other submissions and papers, 1967 [bulk] - Box 23 Show allonly 1
File 4. Parliamentary Joint Committee on ACT. Freeholds Lands Inquiry. Submissions, papers, report, 1967-68 - Box 23 Show allonly 1
File 5. Parliamentary Joint Committee on ACT. Freeholds Lands Inquiry. Transcript of Proceedings, 1967 (i) - Box 23 Show allonly 1
File 6. Parliamentary Joint Committee on ACT. Freeholds Lands Inquiry. Transcript of Evidence, 1967 (ii) - Box 23 Show allonly 1
File 7. Parliamentary Joint Committee on ACT. Freeholds Lands Inquiry. Transcripts of Evidence, 1967 (iii) - Box 23 Show allonly 1
File 8. Parliamentary Joint Committee on ACT. Freeholds Lands Inquiry. Transcript of Evidence, 1967 (iv) - Box 24 Show allonly 1
File 9. Joint Select Committee on the New and Permanent Parliament House. Correspondence, 1968-69 ; Reference documents, 1961-64 - Box 24 Show allonly 1
File 10. Joint Select Committee on the New and Permanent Parliament House. Transcript of Evidence, 1969 - Box 24 Show allonly 1
File 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 - Box 24 Show allonly 1
File 12. Land Tenures Inquiry. Letters from Commission to W.D. Borrie and Harrison ; Harrison submission ; Commission draft documents, reference material, 1973 - Box 24 Show allonly 1
File 13. Land Tenures Inquiry. Reference material, 1962-75 - Box 24 Show allonly 1
File 14. Land Tenures Inquiry. Dept. of Capital Territory Submission, 1973 - Box 24 Show allonly 1
File 15. Land Tenures Inquiry. Submissions: R.W. Archer, DURD, NCDC, 1973 - Box 25 Show allonly 1
File 16. Land Tenures Inquiry. Submission: Max Neutze, 1973 - Box 25 Show allonly 1
File 17. Land Tenures Inquiry. Report, November, 1973. (preliminary copy) - Box 25 Show allonly 1
File 18. Land Tenures Inquiry. First report, 1973; final report, 1976; cuttings, 1973 - Box 25 Show allonly 1
File 19. Land tenure - post Inquiry, reference material, 1978, 1982 - Box 25 Show allonly 1
File 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 - Box 25 Show allonly 1
File 21. Committee of Inquiry into the Expansion of the National Capital into NSW. Reference documents - Box 25 Show allonly 1
File 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 - Box 25 Show allonly 1
File 23. Parliamentary Joint Committee on the ACT. Variation of Canberra Plan - 89th series, 1987. Harrison's submission; Hansards - Box 26 Show allonly 1
File 24. Parliamentary Joint Committee on the ACT. Variation of Canberra Plan - 89th series, 1987. Hansard [proof] - Box 26 Show allonly 1
File 25. Parliamentary Joint Committee on ACT. (file 'PJC'); correspondence and other papers, 1986-87 [bulk] - Box 26 Show allonly 1
File 26. Inquiry into the Canberra Leasehold System, 1988. Correspondence; submissions of Harrison and others - Box 26 Show allonly 1
File 27. Inquiry into the Canberra Leasehold System, 1988. Submissions - Box 26 Show allonly 1
File 28. Inquiry into the Canberra Leasehold System, 1988. Submissions; article and letters by Ed Wensing, 1988-89 - Box 26 Show allonly 1
File 29. Inquiry into the Canberra Leasehold System, 1988. Hansard proof (i) - Box 26 Show allonly 1
File 30. Inquiry into the Canberra Leasehold System, 1988. Hansard proof (ii) - Box 26 Show allonly 1

Series 10. National Capital Development Commission, 1958-67 Show allonly 1

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.

File 1. National Capital Planning Committee meeting, October 1958 - Box 27 Show allonly 1
File 2. National Capital Planning Committee meeting, October 1958; documents on Canberra, 1958-64 - Box 27 Show allonly 1
File 3. NCDC file; Canberra planning, 1959-64 - Box 27 Show allonly 1
File 4. ANU site definition; City Centre planning, 1960-63 (i) - Box 27 Show allonly 1
File 5. ANU site definition; City Centre Planning, 1960-63 (ii) - Box 27 Show allonly 1
File 6. Toronto, Ottawa visit, 1965 - Box 27 Show allonly 1
File 7. Philadelphia visit, 1965 - Box 27 Show allonly 1
File 8. Washington visit of Harrison, 1964-65, including copies of a reports by R.B. Lansdown - Box 27 Show allonly 1
File 9. Canberra planning - chiefly NCDC/NCPC, 1965-67 - Box 27 Show allonly 1
File 10. Papers, mostly on Harrison's resignation from NCDC and his 1967 consultancy - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 11. Holford reports, 1958-62 - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 12. Holford reports, 1963-67 (including article in Town Planning Review, Apr., 1967) - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 13. Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, 1954 (Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works report - photocopy) - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 14. NCDC maps of the Australian Capital Territory - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 15. Diagram to illustrate observations on the future developments of Canberra, 1957 (folio) Show allonly 1

Series 11. NSW Land Commission, 1979-84 (Closed until 2014) Show allonly 1

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.

File 1. Land Commission of NSW - correspondence and minutes, notes, legislation, cuttings, 1979-83 [bulk] - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 2. Land Commission of NSW - publications (mostly annual reports), 1977-84 - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 3. Draft dummy - copy of Land Commission publication 'The streets where we live', 1982 - Box 28 Show allonly 1

Series 12. National Capital Planning Committee, 1980-84 (Closed until 2014) Show allonly 1

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.

File 1. City Centre Policy Plan, 1980 (NCPC meeting agenda item) - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 2. National Capital Planning Committee - 179th-180th meeting papers Aug., Oct. 1981 - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 3. NCPC - papers for meetings 181-182, Feb. and Oct. 1982 - Box 29 Show allonly 1
File 4. NCPC - papers for meetings 183-184, Dec. 1982 and Feb. 1983 - Box 29 Show allonly 1
File 5. NCPC - papers for meetings 185-186, Apr. and June 1983 - Box 29 Show allonly 1
File 6. NCPC - papers for meetings 187-188, Aug. and Nov. 1983 - Box 29 Show allonly 1
File 7. NCPC - papers for meeting 189, Feb. 1984 - Box 29 Show allonly 1
File 8. NCPC - papers for meeting 190, May 1984; correspondence regarding Harrison's resignation, 1984 - Box 29 Show allonly 1

Series 13. Design and Siting Review Committee, 1981-84 (Closed until 2014) Show allonly 1

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.

File 1. Design and Siting Review Committee - Papers, 1982-84 - Box 29 Show allonly 1
File 2. Design and Siting Review Committee - Papers, 1981-84 - Box 30 Show allonly 1
File 3. Reference documents, 1970-84 - Box 30 Show allonly 1

Series 14. Professional Associations, 1976-90 Show allonly 1

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.

File 1. Royal Australian Institute of Architects - papers, 1968, 1983-90 - Box 30 Show allonly 1
File 2. Royal Australian Planning Institute, 1976-87 - Box 30 Show allonly 1

Series 15. Canberra Planning Activist, 1965-90 (bulk 1983-90) (Partly Closed) Show allonly 1

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)

File 1. Park Royal Motel, 1963 ; Braddon lease variations, 1963-64; Lanyon, 1974 - Box 30 Show allonly 1
File 2. Black Mountain Judgement (i), 1973 - Box 30 Show allonly 1
File 3. Black Mountain Judgement (ii), 1973 - Box 30 Show allonly 1
File 4. Atherane (ACT Supreme Court)- affidavits, 1985 - Box 30 Show allonly 1
File 5. Atherane - transcript of proceedings, affidavits, judgement and notes, 1985 - Box 30 Show allonly 1
File 6. Atherane - transcript of proceedings, corrections and judgements, 1985 - Box 31 Show allonly 1
File 7. San Sebastian - High Court judgement, 1986 - Box 31 Show allonly 1
File 8. Idonz v NCDC (ACT Supreme Court)- judgements, 1985-86 - Box 31 Show allonly 1
File 9. Idonz v NCDC - affidavits, 1986-87 - Box 31 Show allonly 1
File 10. Idonz v NCDC - affidavits, chronology, other papers, 1986-87 - Box 31 Show allonly 1
File 11. Morpath Pty. Ltd (ACT Supreme Court) - transcripts and judgements (i), 1985-86 - Box 31 Show allonly 1
File 12. Morpath Pty. Ltd. - transcripts and judgements (ii), 1985 - Box 31 Show allonly 1
File 13. Morpath Pty. Ltd. - affidavits, 1987 - Box 31 Show allonly 1
File 14. Morpath Pty. Ltd. v ACT Youth Accommodation Group Inc. (Federal Court) - court transcripts and judgements, 1987 - Box 31 Show allonly 1
File 15. Morpath Pty. Ltd. - Federal Court judgement; ACT Supreme Court costs, 1987-88 (also copy of Concrete Constructions judgement, 1989) - Box 32 Show allonly 1
File 16. Tekmat Investments (formerly Axiom Pty. Ltd.), ACT Supreme Court: lease variation application - affidavits, judgements, 1986-87 - Box 32 Show allonly 1
File 16. Tekmat Investments - transcript of proceedings (i), 1986 - Box 32 Show allonly 1
File 16. Tekmat Investments - transcript of proceedings (ii), 1986-87 - Box 32 Show allonly 1
File 17. Tekmat Investments - transcript of proceedings, judgement and order for costs, 1987 - Box 32 Show allonly 1
File 19. Tekmat Investments - transcript, order for costs, 1987 - Box 32 Show allonly 1
File 20. 'Rocky Knoll' (O'Neill v Wyderman, NCDC & Unity Church) - Federal Court judgement, 1987 - Box 32 Show allonly 1
File 21. Braddon lease applications - ACT Supreme Court orders : Pongara Holdings, 1987, Gregorys (Properties) Pty Ltd, 1989, Atherane Pty. Ltd 1988 - Box 32 Show allonly 1
File 22. Concrete Constructions Group Pty Ltd lease variation application, ACT Supreme Court - Court papers (i), 1988-89 - Box 32 Show allonly 1
File 23. Concrete Constructions Group - Court papers (ii), 1988-89 - Box 33 Show allonly 1
File 24. Concrete Constructions Group - Affidavits and applications, 1988 - Box 33 Show allonly 1
File 25. Concrete Constructions Group - Affidavits and submissions, 1988-89 (see also folders 175-76) - Box 33 Show allonly 1
File 26. Concrete Constructions Group - transcript of proceedings, index (i), 1988 - Box 33 Show allonly 1
File 27. Concrete Constructions Group - transcript of proceedings, index (ii), 1988 - Box 33 Show allonly 1
File 28. Concrete Constructions Group - Federal Court - Gallop, Sheppard, Neaves 13.3.90 (judgements) and case chronology (referenced to Appeal Books) - Box 33 Show allonly 1
File 29. Concrete Constructions Group Pty Ltd v McNamara, Harrison, Wensing& Minister for Industry, Employment and Education. Appeal Book, Vol. 1, 1988-89 - Box 33 Show allonly 1
File 30. Appeal Book, Vol. 2 - Box 34 Show allonly 1
File 31. Appeal Book, Vol. 3 - Box 34 Show allonly 1
File 32. Appeal Book, Vol. 4 - Box 34 Show allonly 1
File 33. Appeal Book, Vol. 5 - Box 34 Show allonly 1
File 34. Photographs (court exhibit) - Box 34 Show allonly 1
File 35. Legislative Assembly - correspondence and other papers (i), 1989-90 - Box 34 Show allonly 1
File 36. Legislative Assembly - correspondence and other papers (ii), 1989-90 - Box 35 Show allonly 1
File 37. Legislative Assembly Concrete Inquiry - transcripts and other papers, 1989 - Box 35 Show allonly 1
File 38. Legislative Assembly Concrete Inquiry - submissions, Assembly proceedings, 1989 - Box 35 Show allonly 1
File 39. Legislative Assembly Canberra Times site inquiry - transcript of proceedings, Sept-Oct 1989 - Box 35 Show allonly 1
File 40. Rondda Enterprises Pty. Ltd., lease propose variation (ACT Supreme Court) - affidavits, 1990 - Box 35 Show allonly 1
File 41. Rondda Enterprises - affidavits ; notes, 1990 - Box 35 Show allonly 1
File 42. Rondda Enterprises - affidavit draft and other papers, correspondence re court costs, 1987-90 - Box 35 Show allonly 1
File 43. YMCA, White Industries, Uniting Church, Civic - notes, calculations and working papers, 1984-89 (some official documents CLOSED) - Box 35 Show allonly 1
File 44. Copies of NCDC file documents (bound) - Uniting Church, Section 22 (City)(CLOSED until 2017) - Box 36 Show allonly 1
File 45. Copies of NCDC file documents (bound) - Sundown and Starlight Drive-Ins(CLOSED until 2017) - Box 36 Show allonly 1
File 46. Copies of NCDC file documents (bound) - Ansett Terminal, Section 26 (City)(CLOSED until 2017) - Box 36 Show allonly 1
File 47. Copies of NCDC file documents (bound) - YMCA, Section 10 (City)(CLOSED until 2017) - Box 36 Show allonly 1
File 48. Copies of NCDC file documents (bound) - White Industries, Sections 11, 41, 60 (City), pt 1(CLOSED until 2017) - Box 36 Show allonly 1
File 49. Copies of NCDC file documents (bound) - White Industries, Sections 11, 41, 60 (City), pt 2(CLOSED until 2017) - Box 36 Show allonly 1
File 50. Copies of NCDC file documents (bound) - Idonz Town House Motel, Section 23 (City)(CLOSED until 2017) - Box 36 Show allonly 1
File 51. Environmental assessments relating to the proposed redevelopment of the former Canberra Times site, 1990 - Box 37 Show allonly 1
File 52. Papers on Concrete Constructions case, Civic planning policies c.1987-88 [bulk] - Box 37 Show allonly 1
File 53. Papers on Concrete Constructions case - notes, articles, policies, sketch plans, 1987-88 - Box 37 Show allonly 1
File 54. Concrete Constructions case - Harrison's affidavit, exhibits, judgement, 1988 - Box 37 Show allonly 1
File 55. NCDC - correspondence (i), 1975-78 - Box 37 Show allonly 1
File 56. NCDC - correspondence (ii), 1973-89 - Box 37 Show allonly 1
File 57. Territory Planning Authority - correspondence (i), 1989-90 (i) - Box 37 Show allonly 1
File 58. Territory Planning Authority - correspondence (ii), 1989-90 (ii) - Box 37 Show allonly 1
File 59. Territory Planning Authority - copies of ITPA policy variation proposals ; submission by Harrison, 1989 - Box 37 Show allonly 1
File 60. NCPA - correspondence and other papers (i), 1989-90 - Box 38 Show allonly 1
File 61. NCPA - correspondence and other papers (ii), 1989 - Box 38 Show allonly 1
File 62. Committee of Review of the NCDC - correspondence, notes, reference material, submissions, 1982-83 - Box 38 Show allonly 1
File 63-70. Committee of Review of the NCDC - submissions by NCDC, Dept of the Capital Territory and other bodies, 1982-83 - Box 38, 39 Show allonly 1
File 71. NCDC - 'Response to Committee of Review on Economic Future of Canberra', April 1983 - Box 39 Show allonly 1
File 71a. David Block review : On-going role of the NCDC - papers, 1987-88 - Box 39 Show allonly 1
File 72. Metropolitan Plan - NCDC documents, reports, 1980-84 - Box 39 Show allonly 1
File 73. Metropolitan Plan, National Capital Plan - reports and printed material, 1986-89 - Box 39 Show allonly 1
File 74. NCDC. Metropolitan Canberra: Policy Plan, Development Plan (draft), August, 1983 - Box 39 Show allonly 1
File 75. NCDC. Metropolitan Canberra : Policy Plan, Development Plan (final published version) July 1984 - Box 39 Show allonly 1
File 76-84. Parliamentary Joint Committee in the ACT (Reference: Metropolitan Plan) - Hansard reports, 1984-86 - Box 39, 40 Show allonly 1
File 85-86. NCPA. National Capital Plan : draft proposals, 2 vols, 1989 - Box 40 Show allonly 1
File 87-88. Parliamentary Joint Committee on the ACT : Review of the draft National Capital Plan. Hansard transcripts, 1989 - Box 41 Show allonly 1
File 89. NCPA and Interim Territory Planning Authority. 'Analysis of metropolitan planning issues for a population of 500,000' - First draft, May 1989 - Box 41 Show allonly 1
File 90. NCPA. National Capital Plan: draft, 1990 - Box 41 Show allonly 1
File 91. Civic Policy Plan : notes and reference papers, 1987 - Box 41 Show allonly 1
File 92-93. Civic planning policy - office accommodation and retailing - notes, calculations, plans and research papers c.1985-88 - Box 41 Show allonly 1
File 94. Civic planning policy - reports, articles, letters, 1988-90 - Box 41 Show allonly 1
File 95. Joan Roberts - Canberra City Employment Survey, March 1986 - Box 42 Show allonly 1
File 96. Hotels/Sec 38 - reports, NCDC and DCT information, 1984-87 - Box 42 Show allonly 1
File 97. NCDC. City Centre Review, 1976 - Box 42 Show allonly 1
File 98. NCDC. Civic Centre Policy Plan, Development Plan : Summary of conclusions and proposals. Draft for discussion., Feb. 1982 - Box 42 Show allonly 1
File 99. NCDC. Civic Centre Canberra Policy Plan : published drafts for discussion and final version, 1982-89 - Box 42 Show allonly 1
File 100-112. Reid (Residents), 1975 ; Turner Residents' Association, 1987 ; Braddon Oval, 1989-90 - various documents - Box 42, 43 Show allonly 1
File 113. Reid Residents Association, 1987, 1990; Reid ; Turner ; city parking - various papers - Box 43 Show allonly 1
File 114. Turner Sections 24 & 43 policy planning, 1984; Queanbeyan City Council - duplex design/siting, 1985 - Box 44 Show allonly 1
File 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 - Box 44 Show allonly 1
File 117. Loder& Bayley Pty. Ltd. 'Reid Braddon LATM Study : Report to NCDC and ACT Administration', August 1987 - Box 44 Show allonly 1
File 118. John Gilchrist. 'Woden-Weston Creek New Town'. MSc Architecture (Town Planning), February 1985 - Box 44 Show allonly 1
File 119. Tuggeranong - various papers, 1971-74, 1988 - Box 44 Show allonly 1
File 120. Tuggeranong Centre, 1983-84 - Box 44 Show allonly 1
File 121. 'Glebe Park', 1982 - Box 45 Show allonly 1
File 122-124. 'Baringa Gardens', 1983-85 - Box 45 Show allonly 1
File 125-127. 'Heritage and Environment', 1983-90 - Box 45 Show allonly 1
File 128. Heritage and environment - media release, drafting instructions for Planning and Environment Bill, 1989 - Box 46 Show allonly 1
File 129-132. Civic parking - reference material, 1984-87 - Box 46 Show allonly 1
File 133. Dept of Territories and Local Government - 'City Parking', April, 1994 - Box 46 Show allonly 1
File 134. ACT transport, pollution - reports and associated papers, 1985-87 - Box 46 Show allonly 1
File 135. Urban transport - conference and other papers, 1968, 1986 - Box 46 Show allonly 1
File 136. R.J. Nairn and Partners Pty Ltd 'City Distributor Roads Study : Final Report', March 1985 (report for NCDC) - Box 46 Show allonly 1
File 137. R.J. Nairn and Partners Pty Ltd 'Final Report for the City Bus Interchange Study', March 1989 (report for ACT Administration) - Box 47 Show allonly 1
File 138. 'Serving the Community : the Future Direction of Public Transport in Canberra'. Final report for the NCDC/DCT Joint Public Transport Study, July 1987 - Box 47 Show allonly 1
File 139. Nelson, English, Loxton & Andrews Pty Ltd 'Civic Parking Pricing Policy - Implementation Study ; Report for NCDC', January 1985 (Reid Residents Association copy) - Box 47 Show allonly 1
File 140-141. NCDC Engineering Division. 'Transport Implications of City Development', draft reports, 1985 (CLOSED until 2015) - Box 47a Show allonly 1
File 142. Loder& Bayley Pty Ltd 'Monash Drive or Majura Parkway?' - draft report to NCDC, September 1987 (CLOSED until 2017) - Box 47a Show allonly 1
File 143. Parking and transport - copies of NCDC file documents, 1984-85 [CLOSED until 2015] - Box 47a Show allonly 1
File 144. 'Parking' - reference material, notes, 1987-88 - Box 47 Show allonly 1
File 145. Public transport - reports, policies, c1976-90 - Box 48 Show allonly 1
File 146. Surplus schools - policies and plans (ACT Government/Interim Territory Planning Authority), 1989 - Box 48 Show allonly 1
File 147. Canberra Association for Regional Development (CARD) - submissions, reports, 1981-84 - Box 48 Show allonly 1
File 148. CARD, BOMA (Business Owners & Managers Association), business/property development - newsletters, submissions, papers, 1985-89 - Box 48 Show allonly 1
File 149. Canberra leasehold system - reports, articles, letter by Ed Wensing, 1988-90 - Box 48 Show allonly 1
File 150. A.J.W. Powell interview, 3 July 1985 - transcript notes - Box 48 Show allonly 1
File 151. Letters, articles, talk notes, printed material on aspects of Canberra planning, 1981-88 - Box 48 Show allonly 1
File 152. Peter Harrison - letters to The Canberra Times, 1985-90; letter to PruGoward (Radio 2CN), 1990 - Box 49 Show allonly 1
File 152A. Radio interviews of Malcolm Latham, George Snow and others - transcripts and notes, 1985-89 - Box 49 Show allonly 1
File 153. Planning education, community environments and other planning matters - various papers, 1977, 1983, 1987 - Box 49 Show allonly 1
File 154. Canberra planning - miscellaneous papers, reports, 1988-89 - Box 49 Show allonly 1
File 155. NCDC leaflets, publications, Technical Report 29, 1959, 1969-80 - Box 49 Show allonly 1
File 156. NCDC: planning and development - leaflets, reports, 1977-83 - Box 49 Show allonly 1
File 157. NCDC Planning Policy plans/proposals, 1979-88 - Box 49 Show allonly 1
File 158. ITPA draft proposals for public comment, 1989-90 - Box 49 Show allonly 1
File 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) - Box 50, 51 Show allonly 1
File 173. ITPA. Towards a new Territory Plan for the ACT: key issues for discussion, September, 1990 - Box 51 Show allonly 1
File 174. NCPA. Submission to Commonwealth Grants Commission Inquiry into Financing the ACT, September 1990 - Box 51 Show allonly 1

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.

File 175-76. Concrete Constructions Group - submissions, 1989 - Box 63 Show allonly 1
File 177. Cuttings and articles, 1985-90 - Box 63 Show allonly 1
File 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 - Box 63 Show allonly 1
File 179. 'Belconnen Town Centre commercial core study report', NCDC, Dec. 1971 - Box 63 Show allonly 1
File 180. 'Belconnen Town Centre policy plan development plan draft for discussion' (NCDC, Apr., 1985) - Box 63 Show allonly 1
File 181. 'City distributor roads study', final report, R.J. Nairn and Partners, Mar. 1985 - Box 63 Show allonly 1
File 182. 'Civic Centre employment study', NCDC, Aug. 1988 - Box 63 Show allonly 1
File 183. 'Civic Centre review policy plan implementation plan', NCDC, Sept. 1987 - Box 64 Show allonly 1
File 184. 'Employment study - Civic Centre', NCDC, [1986] - Box 64 Show allonly 1
File 185. 'Joint Canberra public transport study', NCDC, Sept. 1986 - Box 64 Show allonly 1
File 186. Metropolitan Canberra policy plan and development plan: transport and land use, NCDC, Nov. 1986 - Box 64 Show allonly 1
File 187. 'Parking control measures: Braddon, Turner and Reid', R.J. Nairn and Partners, Apr. 1986 - Box 64 Show allonly 1
File 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 - Box 64 Show allonly 1
File 189. 'Report on the Canberra leasehold system', Senate Standing Committee on Transport, Communications and Infrastructure, Nov. 1988 - Box 64 Show allonly 1
File 190. 'Review of office policy', NCDC, Feb. 1987 - Box 64 Show allonly 1
File 191. The way we are: Canberra NCDC projects '84 - Box 64 Show allonly 1

Series 16. ACT Land Tenure Papers, 1963-72 Show allonly 1

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

File 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 - Box 52 Show allonly 1
File 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 - Box 52 Show allonly 1

Series 17. References and Examiner Reports, 1976-87 [Restricted] Show allonly 1

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.

File 1. References and examiner reports, 1976-79 - Box 52a Show allonly 1
File 2. References, examiner reports and ARGS assessor reports, 1980-87 - Box 52a Show allonly 1

Series 18. Newspaper Cuttings on Canberra Planning, 1964-90 Show allonly 1

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.

File 1. Canberra cuttings, 1964-66, 1976 - Box 52 Show allonly 1
File 2. Canberra cuttings, 1966-68 - Box 52 Show allonly 1
File 3-6. Canberra cuttings, 1973 - Box 52, 53 Show allonly 1
File 7-10. Canberra cuttings, 1974 - Box 53 Show allonly 1
File 11-15. Canberra cuttings, 1975 - Box 53, 54 Show allonly 1
File 16-17. Canberra cuttings, 1976 - Box 54 Show allonly 1
File 18-19. Canberra cuttings, 1977 - Box 54 Show allonly 1
File 20. Canberra cuttings,1978 - Box 54 Show allonly 1
File 21. Canberra cuttings, 1978-79 - Box 54 Show allonly 1
File 22. Canberra cuttings, 1978-83 - Box 54 Show allonly 1
File 23. Canberra cuttings, 1980-82 - Box 55 Show allonly 1
File 24. Canberra cuttings, 1983-84 - Box 55 Show allonly 1
File 25. Canberra cuttings, 1984 - Box 55 Show allonly 1
File 26-27. Canberra cuttings, 1985 - Box 55 Show allonly 1
File 28-29. Canberra cuttings, 1986 - Box 55 Show allonly 1
File 30-33. Canberra cuttings, 1987 - Box 56 Show allonly 1
File 34-37. Canberra cuttings, 1988 - Box 56 Show allonly 1
File 38. Canberra cuttings, 1980-88 - Box 57 Show allonly 1
File 39-42. Canberra cuttings, 1989 - Box 57 Show allonly 1
File 43. Canberra cuttings, 1968, 1981-89 - Box 57 Show allonly 1
File 44-46. Canberra cuttings, 1990 - Box 57, 58 Show allonly 1
File 47. Canberra cuttings and reference documents, 1968-90 - Box 58 Show allonly 1
File 48. Canberra cuttings and reference documents, 1988-90 - Box 58 Show allonly 1
File 49. General cuttings, 1988-90 - Box 58 Show allonly 1
File 50-51. General cuttings, 1970-72 ; miscellaneous, 1955-73 - Box 58 Show allonly 1
File 52. General cuttings, 1980, 1985-87 - Box 58 Show allonly 1
File 53. General cuttings, 1987-88 - Box 58 Show allonly 1
File 54-55. General cuttings, 1988-90 - Box 58 Show allonly 1
File 56. Miscellaneous cuttings, 1974-83 - Box 59 Show allonly 1
File 57. Miscellaneous cuttings, 1984-90 - Box 59 Show allonly 1

Series 19. Reference and Research Material on Canberra, 1950-89 Show allonly 1

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.

File 1. Gibbney, Jim. 'Canberra 1914-54', Chapters 2-5 (Harrison's marked draft) - Box 59 Show allonly 1
File 2. Gibbney, Jim. 'Canberra 1914-54', Chapters 6-8 - Box 59 Show allonly 1
File 3. Biographical details on Walter Burley Griffin and Charles Robert Scrivener with covering letter by Terry Birtles to Harrison, 1986 - Box 59 Show allonly 1
File 4. Key events in Canberra planning/building, chronological outline by Harrison, 1901-85 (pencilled notes) - Box 59 Show allonly 1
File 5. Copies of newspapers reporting Canberra's inauguration in 1927 - Box 59 Show allonly 1
File 6. Articles, papers and journals on town planning, 1957, 1963-68 - Box 60 Show allonly 1
File 7. Printed material on town planning, 1970-71 - Box 60 Show allonly 1
File 8. Printed material on town planning, 1972 - Box 60 Show allonly 1
File 9. Printed material on town planning, 1973-77 - Box 60 Show allonly 1
File 10. Australian Architecture and Design, Vol. 1, No. 3, 1981 ; Planning and Development of Canberra, 1948-58, 1982 - Box 60 Show allonly 1
File 11. Printed material on town planning in the ACT, 1983-84 - Box 60 Show allonly 1
File 12. Printed material on town planning in the ACT, 1984-88, 1990 - Box 60 Show allonly 1
File 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 - Box 61 Show allonly 1
File 14. Aerial and other photographs of Canberra, mostly 1960s ; illustrated articles on Canberra buildings, memorials, 1950-77 - Box 61 Show allonly 1
File 15. Canberra - miscellaneous papers, 1956-77 - Box 61 Show allonly 1
File 16. Miscellaneous plans, maps and papers relating to Canberra [folio] Show allonly 1
File 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] Show allonly 1
File 18. Miscellaneous plans and maps of Canberra (not by Griffin) [folio] Show allonly 1

Series 20. Miscellaneous Material, 1916-88 Show allonly 1

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

File 1-5. Miscellaneous papers re planning, 1957-88 - Box 61 Show allonly 1
File 6. Miscellaneous papers re planning; Columbia, Maryland, USA planning, 1967-84 - Box 61 Show allonly 1
File 7. Town planning - Albury Wodonga, Thuringowa (Qld), Melbourne, 1916-78 - Box 62 Show allonly 1
File 8. Washington : Reference articles, notes, 1956-67 ; Islamabad metropolitan plan [n.d.] - Box 62 Show allonly 1
File 9. Town planning - miscellaneous papers and articles, 1916-83 - Box 62 Show allonly 1
File 10. Miscellaneous papers : cutting, articles borrowed by Bernadette Hince (?) - Box 62 Show allonly 1
File 11. Odds & ends, 1963-87 - Box 62 Show allonly 1
File 12. Australian architects by Philip Cox, 1984 - Box 62 Show allonly 1
File 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 62 Show allonly 1