History buffs and architecture aficionado probably know that Walter Burly Griffin and Eric Nicholls designed several groundbreaking incinerators for Sydney during the interwar years. Not me though, I was unaware of these buildings before I received an invitation to John Young’s exhibition, Modernity’s End: Half the Sky – Two Australians in China. As such, I was in for a real surprise when I visited the exhibition at Willoughby Incinerator on Sydney’s Lower North Shore.

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