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Snelling provided a long list of houses for which he claimed to be the landscape designer but credited Ilmar Berzins as ‘landscape consultant’ for the Woolworths executive suite and Little residence, and ‘Vernon Kuschel’ (actually Werner Kuchel, known as Vern) as the ‘consultant’ for his Kelly 2 residence at Vaucluse. In response to his information, the AILA’s interim committee gave him affiliate membership, effective April 1967, but declined his later letter requesting corporate membership. He was upgraded to the higher category on 9 July 1968. Despite his triumphs with the Kelly and Little Houses, Snelling’s Sydney work tapered off. His main buildings of the late 1960s were a rooftop seminar centre at Glebe and a ‘Hollywood Salon’ in central Sydney for Max Factor, a Woollahra Council toilet block in Rushcutters Bay Park, alterations to the house of his neighbours, the Cohens, and a large, landscaped carp pond for a Double Bay couple, the Claytons. Now in his fifties, he was becoming more deeply absorbed in family and society life, travelling and acquiring Asian antiquities. A gossip column by Ray Castle in the Daily Telegraph of 24 February 1967 noted that he was among ‘24 mates’ travelling to Noumea on a flying boat as guests of ‘advertising tycoon’ Ken Landell–Jones, managing director of Fortune Australia. Other guests included Sir Theo Kelly, Mick Grace of Grace Brothers and Bill McCrae of Speedo. He took Patricia on another trip to California in March 1968—again visiting Marion Dudek, who drove with them through the desert— Tijuana, Mexicali and Palm Springs. Jim Whitelock, Snelling’s last architectural associate, recalled the following usual business day schedule during the late 1960s. I used to get to work at between eight and half past eight, to open up the office. Doug would usually come down around about nine o’clock. When we were very busy though, he was always down there with the lights on, working before I got there. Lunch time he’d disappear, sometimes at twelve o’clock and he wouldn’t come back until two o’clock. When he was wanted on a couple of occasions I used to go up and find him asleep on the lounge. In the evenings, the office used to close down around about five o’clock and he used to say ‘come on, come upstairs and have a drink,’ and I’d go up and he’d have a whisky and I’d have a sherry, and we’d just stay and talk till about six o’clock, which used to put me home at about a quarter to seven. Probably on the 1967 Noumea trip, Snelling met two French brothers, Louis and Jean Nawa (the latter married to an Australian, contract. Had the situation been reversed and the Client had sacked the Architect for anything short of negligence, the Architect would be in a position to sue for damages ... Mr Davis Hughes, the Minister for Public Works, is to be congratulated for his firm stand—a stand no firmer than any Client could be expected to take under the circumstances. Mr Hughes is not only resolute, but brave as well. If the Opera House fails from here on then he will be blamed. If it is reasonably completed then it will always be said that it could have been better. Harking back to first principles, it was doomed to mediocrity anyway, for any building without integrity must be thus. Perhaps Mr Utzon, as the Americans say, wanted ‘out’, for his building achievements to date are most unimpressive and minor. Was this wedding cake too tricky for him to complete? We shall probably never know. Two months after he wrote this, the National Trust’s women’s committee arranged a fundraising inspection of two luxurious new homes overlooking Pittwater—the Snelling–designed house for Mr and Mrs Arthur Little, Yoorami at Clareville Beach, and a Bayview house, Sundrum, designed by Peter Muller for Mr and Mrs HA Hamilton. Despite the youth of the children, Snelling and Patricia almost certainly took another trip to Asia in late 1966—leaving the boys in their nanny’s care to visit Hong Kong and the Philippines—and perhaps also Japan—with their clients and friends, the Kellys. Shortly after Snelling returned, he discovered that some landscape designer members of the Royal Australian Planning Institute were establishing a new Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture and calling for membership applications. On 21 November, he submitted an application, including a career summary which again contained errors: Original training in landscape design as Student Arch in the USA. Following associations with Frank Lloyd Wright and other renowned Architects, I learned to realise the essential need for integration of exteriors and interiors of structures. Therefore, from my earliest architectural efforts, landscaping has formed a basic part of the overall designs as evidenced by the attachments. FRAIA, ARIBA, proposed Fellow Richard J. Neutra Institute, editorial advisory board Philippine Architecture and Building Journal, member Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia, Queen Elizabeth Bronze Medal for Advancement of Architecture, 1956 Citation for Best Residence in Australia (Arts and Architecture magazine), 1966 Meritorious Lighting Award (exterior), Illuminating Eng. Soc.; 1966 member steering committee, ceramics advisory committee, Commonwealth Education DOUGLAS SNELLING DOUGLAS SNELLING 82 83 1966–1976 1966–1976