The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) (NTV) is an independent, non-profit organisation supported by a large community base. We are Victoria’s premier heritage and conservation organisation and the major operator of historic properties and sites open to the public across Victoria.
About the properties and collection:
The NTV has three properties in Chiltern – Dow’s Pharmacy, Lake View House and the Federal Standard Printing Works. We also have a significant horse-drawn carriage collection with a large number of vehicles stored at premises in Beechworth.
Dow’s Pharmacy includes an original chemist shop with original fittings and stock from over one hundred years ago. The apothecary workshop in the rear of the building houses the pill press and inventory of a lifetime of a pharmacist’s work serving a local community.
Lake View House, childhood home of author Henry Handel Richardson, features in her novel about the life a country doctor “The Fortunes of Richard Mahony”.
The Federal Standard Printing Works newspaper office, with its linotype and stop cylinder printing presses, is a reminder of the important function the local newspaper played in a rural community.
The Carriage Collection contains a diverse range of vehicles produced by a now niche trade.
The horse drawn vehicles embody aspects of everyday life during the late nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries – from social life to work, regular commute to mourning practices.
What’s involved in volunteering?
The National Trust is searching for volunteers in a variety of different capacities:
Gardeners – Duties include general garden maintenance in the garden and grounds of Lake View House.
Conservation Cleaners – Duties include best practices in preventative cleaning of heritage objects and materials associated with Lake View and Dow’s Pharmacy. Training will be provided
Conservation work – Carriage Collection. Duties include preventative conservation cleaning and condition reporting. Training will be provided.
Tour Guides – Duties include welcoming guests to the properties and sharing stories of the occupants and site histories.
Sound like you?
To volunteer with us we ask you to submit an online expression of interest to email@example.com.
As part of the application process, we will ask you to agree to register/sign up as a National Trust Volunteer.
Thank you for considering helping the National Trust of Australia (Victoria). The National Trust is built on the power of the community. Volunteering with the National Trust of Australia (Vic) will be subject to a satisfactory Police Records check and/or Working with Children check.
We promote diversity and practice equity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to apply.