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  • Title
    Davina Jackson research on Douglas Snelling, architect, as well as photographs and architectural plans of Douglas Snelling, ca. 1916-2009
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    ca. 1916-2009
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  • Physical Description
    1.5 metres of textual material (11 boxes), some files containing photographs and copies of architectural plans
    78 transparencies
    25 slides

    Douglas B. Snelling (1916-85) was a widely respected designer, graphic artist and registered architect who operated in Sydney from 1940 to 1975. He designed a nationally renowned range of chairs called the Snelling Line (said to be the first Australian-designed chairs of modernist style), many adventurous entertainment and retail interiors, substantial houses in the Eastern suburbs, North Shore, South coast and Noumea, two apartment buildings of the early 1960s, several modernist refurbishments of office buildings, and late-career master plans for tourist resorts in Vanuatu and Fiji. Born in Gravesend, England, he arrived in New Zealand with his parents at the age of eight, visited Los Angeles for the first time in 1937-38, first arrived in Sydney in 1940, and travelled widely and frequently around the Pacific. He was married three times, to Nancy Springhill (1945-56), Patricia Gale (1960-1975) and Marianne Sparre (1980-1985).

    Library correspondence file
    Notes supplied by Davina Jackson, 2002 and 2014.
  • Scope and Content
    SERIES 01
    Davina Jackson thesis and research notes on Douglas Snelling and modernism, including photographs, architectural plans and objects, ca. 1916-2007

    SERIES 02
    Douglas Snelling colour transparencies of completed interiors and exteriors of residential architecture as well as commercial architecture and commercial interiors ca. 1950s-1970s

    SERIES 03
    Douglas Snelling slides of completed interior of Bruck Fabrics showroom and Nawa House, Noumea, ca. 1960s

    Terry Palmerston recollections: oral history, ca. 2000
  • Source
    Presented by researcher Davina Jackson with the Snelling family 2010
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