Media Releases

These are recent media releases, written by myself and/or other Members, related to my electorate of Yerrabi. 

 

Push to honour Walter Burley Griffin in both the ACT and Lucknow, India.

February 26, 2020

ACT Labor MLA Deepak-Raj Gupta will move a motion today calling on the ACT Government to investigate how to better memorialise the life and contribution of acclaimed architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney Griffin to Canberra, and to investigate how we can see better recognition of Walter Burley Griffin’s gravesite in Lucknow.

 

Griffin, who is credited with designing Canberra, spent the last two years of his life in Lucknow, India. After a recent visit to Griffin’s gravesite in Lucknow, Mr Gupta believes that now is the time to further commemorate the Griffins in both the ACT and his final resting place in Lucknow.

 

Reflecting on his experience in Lucknow, Mr Gupta said “…the grave took about an hour to find and was in a pretty bad state, abandoned and forgotten because people just don’t know who he [Griffin] is.”

 

While Mr Gupta arranged to have the grave cleaned and the weeds around it cleared, he would like to see more done to commemorate Griffin’s life in Canberra and Lucknow in the future.

 

“This is a good opportunity for people to know Lucknow. People can come and pay their respects to the designer and I think that if the Uttar Pradesh and Australian Government promote this, the place may become an attractive tourist destination for Australians,” he said.

 

Mr Gupta noted that he would also like to see further recognition of the Griffins here in Canberra.

 

“The work of the Griffins is still deeply evident in the Canberra we know today, one of the examples being the light rail along Northbourne reflecting their original plan for Canberra”.

 

“I believe there is more we can do to commemorate their lives here in Canberra, and I am calling on the ACT Government to consider naming future public places after the Griffins. The names of our public places such as streets are a way to commemorate those who have contributed to our city in a significant way”.

 

“A potential initiative could be naming the internal streets in Weston Park after the Griffins. The park is part of Canberra’s original footprint, and of course joins Lake Burley Griffin, and would further embed the legacy of the Griffins in Canberra”

 

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