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Craig Ellwood (1922-1992)


I find this article and its tone flippant and disrespectful. This is written almost exactly 20 years since Craig's death. The bitterness of some of the people Craig left behind saddens me. I was married to Craig for the last seven years of his life and during this time we were rarely ever apart. I only knew him to be very hard working, generous, loving, giving and sincere. He was a perfectionist and worked doggedly for most of his life. He did like to portray the image of success and was very skilled at this. This image of success was what brought him more success and he did work very hard at this, but was also a perfectionist in whatever work he put his name to. To suggest that "Miss Delaware" painted his painting is rediculous, as is Niel Jackson's entire premise that the architects that worked in his practise designed all the buildings without Craig. He would have never allowed that to happen. He was a perfectionist to a fault. He was also a loner and extremely shy. At the parties he threw, he would sit off to the side happy that everyone was having a good time, engaging with no one. He was considerate and kind to all, whether it was the petrol attendent, the post office worker, the banker or a senator. He "disinherited" his first three children as they were fully grown and their mother had at least 75% of all the money he had ever made. He still had a three year old daughter at the time of his death to look after and all he had was a house and a few shares. He had a wonderful life and earned whatever joy he got from it. He was a great man and I do believe a great architect. Leslie (Ellwood) Phillips

Posted date

10 July, 2012

Posted time

7:11 pm