ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0230 John Gray Magna Carta Place Records

Scope and contents notes

 

Call Number

HMSS 0230

Collection 

John Gray, Magna Carta Place Papers

Date Range

1996-2002

Quantity

0.09m (1 manuscript box)

Access Conditions

open

Copying Conditions

with attribution 

Related Collections

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Dr John Gray was a member of the Magna Carta Committee of the Australia-Britain Society between 1996 and 2002. He was selected for his expertise and understanding of the Parliamentary Triangle, Canberra, acquired as a landscape architect with long and senior service with the National Capital Development Commission and ACT Planning.

The Magna Carta Place Committee of the Australia-Britain Society commissioned artchitect Alistair Falcomner and exhibition desinger Marcus Bree as the designers if the Magna Carta Sculpture. It was intended that the garden and sculpture, on Langton Crescent, be a place of reflection on the significance of the Magna Carta as well as a place where Australians, Britons and others could celebrate its contribution to the world.

These papers should be read in conjunction with the report of the Magna Carta Committee of the Australia-Britain Society entitled ‘Magna Carta Place in Australia’s National Capital: A report on its naming and development’ edited by John Gray. A copy of that report was deposited by the Australia-Britain Society in the ACT Heritage Library in 2002.

Box List

DESCRIPTION

Proposal Report – ‘The Magna Carta Sculpture: A commemoration of Freedom under law in Australia’s National Capital’, Proposal by the Magna Carta Committee of the Australia-Britain Society, December 1996.

 

Typescript – Desmond Woods, ‘Address to HE the British High Commissioner and the Australia Britain Park Committee at the Commonwealth Club.’ Canberra, 14 June 1997

 

Ceremony Program – ‘Naming of Magna Carta Place’, National Capital Authority, 12 October 1997 (2 copies)

 

Ceremony invitation – ‘Naming of Magna Carta Place’, National Capital Authority. 12 October 1997

 

Typescript – The Hon Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE, ‘An address on the occasion of the naming of Magna Carta Place, Langton Crescent, Canberra’, 12 October 1997.

 

Newspaper cutting – ‘Magna Carta – an enduring myth – gains another place in history,’ Canberra Times 13 October 1997, (Note: Australian Rugby Choir in the background of the photo)

 

Publication – National Capital Authority (1999), Design and Competition Guidelines for Magna Carta Place, Canberra Australia, Commonwealth of Australia. (2 copies)

 

Newspaper cutting – ‘Australia-Britain Design Competition’, Weekend Australian, 4 September 1999

 

Newspaper cutting – ‘Putting History underground’, article by Ian Mathews (Member of Magna Carta Committee), Canberra Times, 8 May 2000

 

Press statement – ‘Magna Carta Place winner’, National Capital Authority, 29 May 2000.

 

Newspaper cutting – ‘Britain’s gift of commemorative Magna Carta Place takes shape’, Canberra Times, 30 May 2000, p.3

 

Brochure – “Magna Carta Place, Canberra: A Centenary of Federation Project of the Australia-Britain Society in conjunction with the National Capital Authority,’ (2 copies)

 

Newspaper cutting – ‘High spirits sealed in time,’ on the occasion of the sealing of a time capsule at Magna Carta Place on 8 August 2001, Canberra Times, 9 August 2001, page 2

 

Ceremony invitation – Official opening of the Magna Carta monument on 26 September 2001, Australia-Britain Society and National Capital Authority,

 

Booklet – ‘Magna Carta monument; Ceremonial booklet’, 26 September 2001, Australia-Britain Society and National Capital Authority,

 

Four miscellaneous newspaper cuttings – Official opening of the Magna Carta monument on 26 September 2001, Canberra Times

 

Certificate of Membership – Friends of Magna Carta, Dr John Gray, 26 September 2001.

 

Final Draft of Report – Magna Carta Committee of the Australia-Britain Society, ‘Magna Carta Place in Australia’s National Capital: A report on its naming and development’ edited by John Gray, March 2002

 

Report Distribution List – Magna Carta Committee of the Australia-Britain Society, ‘Magna Carta Place in Australia’s National Capital: A report on its naming and development’ edited by John Gray, June 2002

 

Dinner program – ‘Friends of the Magna Carta Inaugural Dinner – 26 September 2002' (2 copies)

 

Typescript – Magna Carta Committee of the Australia-Britain Society, ‘Magna Carta Place in Australia’s National Capital: A report on its naming and development’ edited by John Gray, August 2003 (no photos)

 

Miscellaneous newspaper cuttings – date range 1997-2001.

 

Miscellaneous research papers on Magna Carta – date range 1787-1970

 

Photographs

  • Magna Carta Monument, Runnymede, england, June 1996 (10 photographs)
  • Naming of Magna Carta Place, Canbera, 12 October 1997 (7 photographs)
  • Naming of Constitution Place, Canberra 13 February 1998 (5 photographs)
  • Turning first sod of Magna Carta Place Monument, Canberra, 27 February 2001 (4 photographs)
  • Burying Time Capsule, Magna Carta Monument, 8 August 2001 (8 photographs)
  • Magna Carta monument, official opening, 26 September 2001 (6 photographs)