Charles HJ Clayton and Harold
After the competition, Harold Slicer responded to the Architects’ and
Builders’ Journal about the criticism of prize-winning competitors’ plans
in a previous issue. Slicer claimed that, contrary to the criticism, his
and Clayton’s design was based on the contours of the land, and
was far superior in its provision for sewage disposal and water supply
the winning designs.
This plan has a very clear axial theme. It is easy to understand, and
has a consistent sense of organisation, although an essentially mechanical
one. The chief axis extends from the houses of parliament on Kurrajong
Hill, crosses the river and leads beyond to the north. Two major radials
create a central triangle.