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Alexander J Macdonald, (1864–1951)

Entry 9
Elsternwick, Victoria, Australia

Born in Australia, Macdonald received his architectural training in Scotland. He returned to Australia and worked for the Public Works Department in Victoria. Then he became Examiner of Patents for Victoria and later for the Commonwealth. He did some private work for Walter Burley Griffin when the latter came to Australia.

One of the more attractively drawn plans, it is a curious combination of two superimposed grids placed at 45° from one another. The larger of the two grids is oriented to the cardinal points of the compass, and the streets of the base grid make elongated city blocks with a main northeast–southwest axis, to provide maximum sunlight for buildings.

 
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