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 105In mid 1978, after Dudek had returned to Los Angeles from his first visit to the Snellings there, Douglas sent him the draft itinerary for a four–month world tour which he was planning for the children from September that year (not taking Gwen and her son.) They would begin in San Francisco, continue to Los Angeles, take a train to New Orleans, then a Greyhound bus to Washington. From New York, they would take the luxury liner Queen Elizabeth II to Southampton, then see Eastbourne (the original family home), on the way to London. After 10 days in England, they would travel to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam, then use Eurail passes across Germany, Portugal, Spain, and the French and Italian Rivieras. There were plans to see Greece and Turkey, then take a train to Bangkok and fly to Sydney, where Snelling was thinking of resettling. In many of these foreign cities, Snelling had friends and contacts to visit. Christopher remembered that they had tea with Shirley Temple in Palo Alto, California, drove up from New York to see the Amish villages of Pennsylvania, stayed overnight with the Marquis of Bath at Longleat Castle in Wiltshire, England, stayed at Lew and Jenny Hoad’s tennis ranch in Spain, and visited the studio of a Zurich sculptor named Julian Snelling (no relation) and bought one of his works. He also took them to Arizona, to visit one of his favourite modern architectural sites, the Arcosanti commune designed by Paolo Soleri. In the garden at Kambala Road, he had hung a Soleri– designed ceramic bell, which tinkled in the breeze. Before the Europe trip, Snelling disposed of the Puu Panini Avenue house and his Chevrolet. He planned to end the trip in Sydney in December 1978, in time to enrol the boys in a boarding school and set up house. To fund this, Snelling arranged to sell a large number of his Khmer artefacts. However, the deal fell through and he cancelled arrangements to buy a Mercedes and rent a penthouse overlooking Sydney Harbour. He took the boys out of school and all returned to Hawaii in January 1979. On return, Snelling briefly leased a house at 519 Ahina Street in the Kahala area of Honolulu, and paid $US2500 for a 1972 Oldsmobile ‘Cutlass Supreme’ convertible—blue with a white hood and upholstery and 50,000 miles on the clock. He and the boys also were accepted as members of one of Honolulu’s most prestigious clubs—the Outrigger Canoe Club. Its beachside premises had been designed by Hawaii’s most important modernist architect, Vladimir Ossipoff, who was as influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, Asian architecture, Asia–Pacific vernacular buildings and climate–sensitive adapting to his role as a retired widower and sole father to three schoolboys. He wrote to Marion Dudek on 29 May: ‘It’s tough rearing three active sons on your own—much more than I reckoned on.’ To balance his family commitments, Snelling hired a housekeeper and gradually began to develop a social life, beginning with old friends that he’d known with Patricia, and then becoming an escort for widows and divorcées who had retired from the mainland. One of his friends was Clare Booth Luce, widow of the founder of Time magazine. Another was the doyenne of Diamond Head society, Doris Duke. Not long after his arrival, he met a glamorous divorcée from Australia, Gwen Carey, who was living in a Diamond Head apartment, working at a local furnishings showroom, and mixing in similarly upscale social circles. When Snelling said he was an architect from Sydney, Gwen asked him: ‘do you know an architect there called Doug Snelling?’ His response: ‘I am Doug Snelling.’ She said she assumed a maternal role in the household—protecting the youngsters against Doug’s regular outbursts of irrational irascibility. In February and March 1978, Snelling visited Europe alone. This trip is not recorded in detail, but probably included business with leading antiquities dealers in various cities. By now, Snelling was an internationally noted trader in Khmer and other Asian carvings. From Casablanca, Morocco, he cabled Marion Dudek to say he was arriving in Los Angeles the following day (14 March) and was hoping to be met at the airport. Sometime during that (and later) visits, Dudek and Snelling visited Los Angeles’ leading antiquities dealer, Alfred Stendhal, from whom he bought several Cambodian pieces. He also visited Rex Crookshanks at Palos Verdes to catch up and show him the statues he had purchased. This became a regular arrangement when he was in Los Angeles. On one occasion, he used Rex’s phone to call his ‘old friend’, actor David Niven—but did not make contact. Rex had the impression that Douglas regretted his personal lack of aristocratic standing—and the limitations of his architectural achievements. ‘He felt he hadn’t built any really big projects,’ Crookshanks recalled. Occasionally accompanied by Rex, Marion also began to visit Honolulu regularly, beginning with a trip in May 1978. The three friends began to look for investment condominiums to buy. They engaged a local real estate agent named Zell Holmes. DOUGLAS SNELLING DOUGLAS SNELLING 96 97 1976–1985 1976–1985