WHARF AT MORT BAY BALMAIN - 1971 Wharf at Mort Bay Balmain, now demolished. The maritime structures and activities of Balmain East, Balmain, and Birchgrove have now given way to more genteel activities, such as public parks, and high priced housing.
BALMAIN EAST IN SYDNEY - 1971 In the 1970s the harbour front below Duke Street was a mix of old factories, ship's chandlers, and boat repair places; all now removed for smart residential development. I loved the urbanity and mixture that was Balmain East.
BALMAIN EAST IN SYDNEY - 1971 This is a panorama from below Nicholson Street, in East Balmain, looking towards the city of Sydney. On return from my travels overseas, I worked in Sydney with the NSW Government Architect's Branch and commuted to work by ferry.
VASES IN HERAKLION CRETE - 1970 I loved the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, which is one the great museums of Greece and the best in the world for Minoan art, especially sculpture, decoration, and vases. I spent hours trying to capture the beauty of the vases.
ST GREGORIOU MONASTERY ATHOS - 1970 Only males are allowed entrance into Mount Athos, and then only for a limited period. I still have my entry permit. This monastery was founded by St. Gregory of Mount Athos in the fourteenth century when he came to Mount Athos to pursue asceticism.
SHOPS IN RETHYMNON CRETE - 1970 The shops of Rethymnon and Crete have a strangely Byzantine look, not surprising given the proximity of Istanbul and the Levant. These street buildings have jettied upper floors, supported on curvaceous wrought iron brackets.
VASES IN HERAKLION CRETE - 1970 More vases. Greece and Crete were really the first major stop on a year-long trek from England back to Australia, after a period of five years away. Travel was easy then, and I travelled the length of Mediterranean Europe and Asia Minor without interruption.
MONASTERY AT MT ATHOS GREECE - 1970 Mount Athos is accessible only by boat. The daily number of visitors entering Mount Athos is restricted and all are required to obtain a limited special entrance permit. Most of the monasteries are perched atop cliffs with cantilevered timber balconies.
A WOMAN IN AYIOS ROUMELLI CRETE - 1970 I took the gorge walk from Ayios Ioannis on the Cretan plateau, to the south of the island, and the small town of Ayios Roumelli. The southern coast is wild and precipitous and Ayios Roumelli hugs the cliffs. I made this sketch at a cafe in the village.
A FARMER IN RETHYMNON CRETE - 1970 The pace of Crete is slow and purposeful. I enjoyed sitting in cafes sketching and observing. Many of the Cretan men still wear the traditional costume, which includes the 'sariki', a crocheted black scarf, and the 'stivania' long black boots.
TERRACES IN PRIMROSE HILL LONDON - 1969 I lived in the caretaker's cottage to the Anglican church of St Mary-the-Virgin, in Primrose Hill, north London. St Mary's church hall and cottage were inserted within a late C19th block of Georgian terraces, which meant that the cottage's garden faced a wall of building.
FARMHOUSE IN NORMANDY FRANCE - 1969 An eccentric group of farm buildings in Normandy France, which together form a picturesque composition of roofs, towers, windows, dovecotes and surfaces. This sketch was done during an autumn 1969 tour to France, Portugal and Spain.
FARM COMPLEX IN GRANADA SPAIN - 1969 The farm buildings of Granada, are built of local stone, and are usually grouped around an internal courtyard, which houses humans, stock, and produce. I loved the eccentric forms of the various buildings, and the patterns of light and shade.
ECHENGEBLA MOROCCO - 1969 This family compound in Morocco housed an extended family, stock, provisions and garden within a walled pise or rammed earth enclosure. I was invited to stay with the family for a week during the drenching rains and flooding that swept Morocco early in 1969.
CHURCH IN SERPA PORTUGAL - 1968 This exuberant church shows the Moorish influence common to the vernacular architecture of the southern Mediterranean. Serpa is in Portugal's Alentejo agricultural region, 200 kilometres southeast of the capital Lisbon.
THE FOLLY AT BLENHEIM ENGLAND - 1968 One of the many follies in the grounds of Blenheim Palace, in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England. I had begun experimenting with a more impressionist style of sketching, probably influenced by the work of the English artists Paul Hogarth and Gordon Cullen.
VENETIAN GONDOLA - 1967 More curves; this sketch of the prow and stern of a Venetian gondola captured, for me, all that I found delightful on my first 'grand tour'. My travels were neither grand, nor was it a tour, I was simply backpacking through Europe in the mid 1960s.
THE WINTER TRAIN TO BERGEN NORWAY - 1967 The train ride from Oslo to Bergen in Norway traverses the high country of the Norwegian peninsula. In winter, the countryside is buried in snow, and the only signs of habitation in the village of Haugastol, was the geometry of buried houses.
STAVE CHURCH OSLO NORWAY - 1967 The Norsefolkemuseum in Oslo houses Norwegian vernacular buildings dating back to the 11th century. The stave church at Gol was acquired in 1881 by the Norwegian Society for the Preservation, and erected at the Norsefolkemuseum in Oslo. I have always been delighted in the details of vernacular buildings.
RESTAURANT IN LUCERNE SWITZERLAND - 1967 This is a quick sketch made during a brief sojourn in Lucerne Switzerland. The 'Messageries Maritimes' notepaper was carried with me across Europe. I had travelled to Marseilles from Sydney on the MM 'Caledonien', on its penultimate voyage.
PARC GUELL BARCELONA - 1967 The Parc Guell was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and was built in the years 1900 to 1914. The public park was designed to provide delight and rest in the centre of Barcelona, adjacent Gaudi's wonderful Sagrada Familia Cathedral.
GAUDI APARTMENTS BARCELONA - 1967 The Casa Milà apartments were begun in 1905, and were designed by Antoni Gaudi, the great early C20th Spanish architect. These details from the roof apartments, and roof-top vents and chimneys illustrate the sensuousness of Gaudi’s architectural world.
FORT DE ST JOHN AVIGNON FRANCE - 1967 The Tour des Masques, within the Fort Saint- André in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, in France, is located by the Rhône River. I loved the intricate stonework, and the luscious, sculpted interiors of the tower and the fort.
DEVIL’S BRIDGE TORCELLO VENETIAN LAGOON - 1967 The Devil's Bridge, known as the Ponte del Diavolo, seen from the main canal in Torcello. The Messageries Maritimes onion-skin paper was becoming depleted, so I used it sparingly for special sketches.
CHIESA AUTOSTRADA DEL SOL - 1967 The Chiesa Autostrada del Sol near Florence was built between 1960 and 1963, based on plans by the architect Giovanni Michelucci. The church commemorates the lives of those killed in building the Italian autostrada, and provides a reflective space for the traveller. The sculpted interiors are quite extraordinary.
CATHEDRAL IN TORCELLO VENETIAN LAGOON - 1967 These stone louvres were sketched at the C12th Byzantine cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, on the island of Torcello in the Venetian lagoon. The island of Torcello once held the largest population of the Republic of Venice.
AN OLD MAN IN HORGEN - 1967 Another moment of quiet in Switzerland, this time in a café in Horgen, a large town in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland, sited along the south bank of the Lake of Zurich. Horgen is now famous as an important Neolithic site in Europe.
VILLAGE HOUSES NEAR ZURICH - 1966 Urdorf, Birmensdorf, and Aesche are municipalities in the district of Dietikon in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland, located in the Limmat Valley. These sketches of old and new houses and barns were made whilst journeying to England late in 1966.
'BARENYA' McCRAE MORNINGTON PENINSULA - 1961 One of the very first architectural drawings I ever did in my architecture course at Melbourne University was a sketch proposal for a small dwelling to be erected in the backyard of my parent's cottage 'Barenya' at McCrae, on the Mornington Peninsula.