SATURDAY 18TH MAY Rally B – Art Deco Tour
History – Griffith and surrounding villages were designed by Walter Burley Griffin who is well known for designing Canberra. Griffith has many of Burley Griffin’s iconic design features such as circular streets, parks and wide avenues. Burley Griffin also designed part of the town of Leeton.
Griffith was named after Arthur Griffith who was the Minister for Public Works from 1910 to 1915.
Your tour starts at the iconic “plane on the stick” – the Fairey Firefly is a memorial to all airmen who served our country – it was purchased and flown from Nowra in the 1960’s and was designed and built in Britain during WWII and used as a naval reconnaissance aircraft on HMAS Sydney during the Korean War.
The dethridge wheel is a memorial to the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA’s) pioneers. Until recently there were many working dethridge wheels throughout the MIA to measure the quantity of water used on irrigation farms but they are being replaced by modern Doppler water measurement devices. The MIA covers approx 170,000 hectares of irrigation.
In 1906 the NSW Government began construction of the MIA. Burrinjuck Dam on the Murrumbidgee River near Yass was built to conserve and store water. Berembed Weir, east of Narrandera, the Main Canal and the subsidiary channels were built to supply water to the MIA farms by gravity.
From around 1918 up until WWII, Australian architecture was influenced by the Art Deco style. Buildings featured Art Deco motifs in the brickwork, balcony and chimney designs. Later Art Deco examples exhibited curved forms and nautical elements, including curved walls and porthole windows. The Great Depression of the 1930’s impacted the design, encouraging a streamlined approach over embellishment, and aerodynamic shapes were used.
Detailed directions are included in your rally pack to get you on your way.
You will find many cafes and restaurants on your way, and we have included some of that information in your detailed itinerary for your convenience.
Should you get lost or need any further information please don’t hesitate to contact the rally director or Rally B coordinator, Jeni Gullifer.
Rally Director, Allan Haggarty – 0438 619 853
Rally B Coordinator, Jeni Gullifer – 0427 218 168