Outline of Talk

A survey of the life and work of perhaps the greatest NSW landscape designer. Unlike Edna Walling, with a monthly plan and column in a popular magazine, Sorensen put little on paper, preferring to work in 3D on-site, in person with the client. He came to Australia escaping the impending war in Europe. He got a break in the Blue Mountains and set up two nurseries and a growing stable of design and garden jobs. Over 7 decades he worked on some 100 gardens spanning from Canberra to the Queensland border. Few are heritage listed, documented or understood.

About the Presenter: Stuart Read

Stuart Read is an expert member of the ICOMOS-IFLA* International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes and helps the NSW Heritage Council list and manage key parks, gardens and sites. He has worked for the Australian Heritage Commission and Environment, Australia’s world heritage and biodiversity units. Stuart has researched and written about Paul Sorensen since c2001 and gave a 2008 AGHS conference paper on his work in the Illawarra and Southern Highlands, among other talks during his career.

*International Council on Monuments and Sites – International Federation of Landscape Architects

Video Length: 1 hour 18 minutes

Video File Format: MP4

Download File Size: 300 MB

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