Docomomo NSW schedules a lecture on Douglas

Posted by Davina Jackson 3 February 2014
Cover of Jackson's controversial PhD thesis on Snelling.

Cover of Jackson's controversial PhD thesis on Snelling.

New South Wales leaders of Docomomo, the international group formed to promote the heritage of modernism, have decided to introduce their members to Douglas Snelling.

After almost a decade of cold-shouldering the Snelling PhD research by former RMIT postgraduate student Davina Jackson, the Sydney branch of Docomomo now has invited Jackson to speak on Snelling at its next lecture event. The rapproachment is being brokered by its secretary/treasurer, Louise Cox, who is also immediate past-president of the International Union of Architects.

Jackson will present the first Sydney lecture on Douglas Snelling since her research project began in 2003. Snelling's eldest son, Christopher, who leads the Powerhouse Museum's Discovery Centre in Casula, also has been invited to give his recollections.

'This could be an important turning point to increase recognition of Dad's career and contributions,' said Christopher. 'We're also very pleased that he is being included in the major mid-century exhibition that's being prepared by the National Gallery of Victoria this year.'

The lecture is scheduled for 5.30pm, 26 March 2013, at the offices of Godden Mackay Logan, 78 George Street, Redfern.