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Sydney Branch: Leslie Wilkinson’s career and garden making

29 May @ 6:00 pm AEST

Professor Leslie Wilkinson on the ship Naldera, NSW, c.1930
(NLA: Fairfax archive, glass plate negative. PIC Row 14/7/5 #PIC/15611/8409)


An Illustrated Talk by Flavia Scardamaglia.

Heritage consultant Flavia Scardamaglia gives a re-introduction to Leslie Wilkinson, best-known as the first Professor of Architecture at the University of Sydney. A leading and influential figure in Australian architecture, whose innovative approach combined our colonial heritage with Mediterranean influences he had experienced on his travels.

She will discuss his ideas and role as a garden-maker and designer. A 2022 Heritage Study Flavia prepared for Woollahra Municipal Council focused on his extensive output of new houses, flats and gardens, alterations and extensions to existing ones, from 1922 and 1973. And his many university buildings and courtyards, churches, memorials and other design work.

His home, ‘Greenway’ at Vaucluse, AGHS Sydney has had the joy of visiting before. Learn more about this man, a love for Mediterranean architecture and gardens, and influence across Woollahra, and in Sydney.


Venue: Annie Wyatt Room, National Trust Centre, Upper Fort Street, Observatory Hill.

Time: 6pm for refreshments, followed by 7pm talk.

Book: at Trybooking.

‘Greenway’, Wilkinson’s own home, in Vaucluse.
(Photographed by Harold Cazneaux in ‘The Home’, 1 March 1924, p.12)


29 May
6:00 pm AEST
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