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Douglas B. Snelling FRAIA In the winters of 1973 and 1974, the Snellings again took the boys to Honolulu, where Patricia’s health improved. But the combination of medication, drinking and depression was causing ‘turns’. Douglas’ drinking also was triggering mood swings and outbursts of foul temper. He always had been strict with the children: Now he was becoming irrationally violent. At a Kambala Road barbeque, he argued with a guest about his cooking method, pushed the barbeque over and began swinging his fists towards the provocateur. Recalled youngest son Andrew: ‘Everyone was yelling and screaming; I ran inside and locked him out of the house’. Yet Snelling still wanted to be in business. On the family’s two– month holiday in Hawaii in late autumn of 1974, he got together with a retired Supreme Court judge and a Hawaiian senator to set up a merchant bank called the General Mortgage Corporation. From later letters to Marion Dudek, it did not seem to do any business. On return from Honolulu, Snelling’s collection of Khmer artefacts was exhibited at the Australian Museum, Sydney. Launched on 16 July by the Cambodian Republic’s Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Chhut Chhouer, the collection was said to be worth $A280,000. In news coverage, Snelling still was credentialled as Consul General of the Khmer Republic. The family’s once ‘fairytale’ lifestyle continued to crumble during 1975. In April, while they again were in Hawaii, Phnom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge. Afterwards, Snelling slackened his diplomatic duties and social life. The architect now was a cantankerous shadow of his former self. In early autumn 1976, Snelling had a heart attack which put him in hospital. When he recovered, he and Patricia decided to execute a long–imagined plan to move the family to Honolulu. Although Patricia’s aged mother, Aida, still was living nearby, the Snellings sold the Kambala Road house and ‘put into high gear’ arrangements for their move. By the third week of December, the family had rented a new Honolulu house, to take occupancy on 1 March 1977. Patricia died of a brain aneurism at 7am on Christmas Eve 1976. the Murrumbidgee River. The landowners formed a syndicate to work with Aliv but the scheme never went ahead. It would have required co–operation between authorities for both the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales. On 19 December 1972, with war still raging in Cambodia, Snelling was awarded a Medallion de l’Ordre du Sahametrei by the President of Cambodia. In the same month, he began concept designs for his last Sydney house—a residence at 298 Scenic Driveway, near the Central Coast town of Terrigal, for his friend FD Bolin, then the chief planner of Woollahra Council. Because he had no staff, Snelling hired a sub–consulting architect, David Gray of Bondi, to prepare the Bolin documents during 1973. Gray also did the drawings for Snelling’s last job, the fitout of a Double Bay fish shop. Long before Snelling closed his practice, Patricia’s health deteriorated. After folding his architectural practice, Snelling had more time on his hands, less interesting work to do, and more responsibilities for looking after Patricia and the children—although they still employed a housekeeper. He played golf and painted artworks; signing his completed canvases with his name backwards: G. Nillensguod. Snelling’s 1950s peers were still building. In particular, his early rival Harry Seidler had transformed the skyline of the city’s business district with a series of outstanding white skyscrapers and was recognised by various magazine editors as Australia’s greatest architect of the post–war period. However, some of Snelling’s own major projects already were demolished—including the Liddle and Epstein building at East Circular Quay and the Hartford Fire Insurance building at 46 Margaret Street—following a 1958 government decision to remove the 150–foot height limit for city buildings. Evidence of the architect’s angry mood erupted in the April 1974 letters column of Architecture in Australia—where he expressed negative sentiments about the Royal Australian Institute of Architects’ late 1973 decision to award its annual Gold Medal for Architecture to the Sydney Opera House. Under the heading ‘puerile porn!’, he wrote: Dear Sir If one of the primary aims of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and your magazine Architecture in Australia is to promote a dignified, professional image, then how is it possible a) to award Jørn Utzon with Australia’s highest architectural accolade for his sculpture on Bennelong Point, and DOUGLAS SNELLING DOUGLAS SNELLING 90 91 1966–1976 1966–1976