Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85 Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89 Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93 Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97 Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101 Page 102 Page 103 Page 104 Page 105and Farmers that was trading on the corner of George and Park Streets, opposite the Town Hall—the company chairman, Theo Kelly, retained Doug to design the interiors, but also Alex Kahn of Kahn Finch to design the building extensions. Douglas was very, very capable—outstanding—on the sort of architecture he devoted himself to. But he knew his own limitations on structural technologies—so he always relied on the best engineers, usually McMillan and Britton. On 4 June 1960, Douglas and Patricia married in a private ceremony at Robert and Aida Gale’s house. Despite their social connections, the guest list was small, remembered Patricia’s daughter and bridesmaid, Amanda, who was then aged eight. The new family trio honeymooned at Huntly, a grazing property near Woden, Australian Capital Territory, which had been purchased in 1956 through Consolidated Trust, the Gale family’s main entity for real estate holdings. Patricia’s cousin, John Gale, was managing and gradually developing it—not only as a pastoral business but as a rural retreat for the family. As part of the landscaping, he established a grove of orange trees in a courtyard near the front door—an area which Snelling later enclosed to form an elegant entrance foyer. Huntly’s recreation facilities were generous. As well as a swimming pool, tennis court and small lake, Gale and his workers built stables for training family–owned dressage horses. With regular practice at Centennial Park in Sydney, Patricia and Douglas both became expert riders of horses trained to perform strict routines. They also played tennis  – Douglas practising (according to family lore) in Sydney with champions Adrian Quist (a fellow occupant of Marlborough Hall in the 1950s), Rod Laver, Tony Roche and Lew Hoad. And they would sometimes play piano in the farmhouse living room. Although John Gale managed Huntly, overall control of the Gale property and business trust was in the hands of two older brothers— Robin (Patricia’s father) and Ray. They were supported by Hardings law firm, managed by Bob Austin and sons, as well as trusted accountants. The portfolio included not only pastoral properties, but a cluster of prestigious apartment buildings (notably Birtley Towers, designed by Emil Sodersten in 1934) around the Potts Point– Elizabeth Bay peninsula, including Snelling’s earlier address with Nancy, Marlborough Hall. In late 1962, Robin and Ray Gale decided to develop another landmark apartment building on a property being subdivided from a large Victorian villa estate near the entry to Double Bay’s retail In the commercial arena, his main client was JH Liddle and Epstein—planning the firm’s Adelaide headquarters and adding two more floors to the Macquarie Street building with the filigree sunscreens. During these years of building city office buildings, Douglas related closely to building regulations staff at the Sydney City Council— especially the deputy city planner of that time, Frank Hanson, who remembered him warmly: I met Doug around the mid 1950s when he had building applications coming before the council. We developed a good personal rapport which wasn’t very intimate, but which lasted right through the 1960s and 1970s. Professionally, I found him very straight, completely honest and with no tricks about him. You didn’t have the worry about what he was trying to put over you. On the other hand, he always tried to do the best for his client. He had a great love of Mercedes and used to hunt around buying them. After the first 180S, he had about three or four more —he regarded it as the best, most reliable car you could have. I remember a conversation he had once with Patricia’s father, who was a great Porsche man, who said to him: ‘what about parts—aren’t they horribly expensive?’ And Douglas said ‘what parts? I’ve never bought any.’ Doug and I were among a few idiots around town who shared a great interest in hi–fi—just listening to good music playing with great fidelity. When stereo came in the late 1950s, Doug had the very latest gear—a quad amplifier, some magnificent open reel tape recorders and the best of turntables. Doug had a very catholic taste in music—classical to Frank Sinatra to steel guitars. I remember him advising me not to buy hi–fi– equipment in Hong Kong, where he would sometimes go to buy furnishings, because he said the British used to send there the products that failed their quality tests. I also got to know Patricia quite well and I remember her saying that she and Doug got to know each other when he’d woken her up one morning at Kambala Road with the sound of his sledgehammer bashing away at bricks. She went down to look at it and saw that he’d belted a hole in the south–western wall of his stables—he knew that the only thing stopping him from getting a great vista across the city and harbour towards Kirribilli was this masonry wall. I used to go over there for his informal Saturday morning open houses, and he had a bit of canvas draped over it for weatherproofing. Although he did some new buildings in the city, a lot of his CBD practice was in commercial interiors. For example, when Woolworths bought Beberfald’s Corner—a department store of a lower rank to David Jones DOUGLAS SNELLING DOUGLAS SNELLING 64 65 1955–1966 1940–1955