And woman with Oban ties is de­sign wiz­ard of Oz

The Oban Times - - News -

AN OBAN fam­ily was cel­e­brat­ing this week af­ter their rel­a­tive was ap­pointed to one of the most pres­ti­gious posts in Aus­tralian ar­chi­tec­ture.

Fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of leg­endary Mull man, Lach­lan Mac­quarie, who earned the soubri­quet ‘the fa­ther of Aus­tralia’, Scots-born Kirsteen Mackay was given the job of State Ar­chi­tect for South Aus­tralia, one of the most se­nior de­sign posts in the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment.

She was the for­mer head of de­sign re­view at the UK’s Com­mis­sion for Ar­chi­tec­ture and Built En­vi­ron­ment.

Kirsteen is re­lated to Oban coun­cil­lor, Dun­can MacIn­tyre, who said he is de­lighted with the news: ‘Kirsteen’s grand­par­ents were Bill and Elsie Mackay, for­merly of the Atholl ho­tel, Oban, and John and Ann Mushet nee Gillespie, Colum- ba ho­tel, Oban. Her par­ents Dr Ken­neth and Veron­ica Mackay were both born in Oban, but now live in Limekilns in Fife.

Her ap­point­ment was an­nounced by South Aus­tralia’s act­ing premier John Rau, who said: ‘Ms Mackay has played a piv­otal role in shap­ing Ade­laide’s de­sign re­view pro­gramme, and will bring her strong de­sign ex­per­tise to the fore­front of ma­jor projects in the city and across the state.’

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