Since 1956 the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) has been actively conserving and protecting our heritage for future generations to enjoy. We are an independent non-profit charity organisation and the leading operator of house museums and heritage properties in the state.

As a community based member organisation, we are not part of government and work with partners to deliver our mission to champion Victoria’s diverse heritage, embrace the complexity of the past, and inspire connections to place for the benefit of current and future generations.

Our People

The Board

Find out about the Board members who make up the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Board

Guide to the Board

Our Team

Find out about some of the staff members who make up the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) team

Guide to Executive Team

Our Branches & Committees

The National Trust is supported by its network of committees and regional Branches


Annual Reports and Policies

Download the 2018 AGM presentation

Download the presentation from the National Trust Annual General Meeting held at Rippon Lea Estate on 24 November 2018

Download our Inaugral ReconciliationActionPlan

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Reconciliation Action Plan [RAP] is celebrating its first year as an active strategic document. The National Trust’s commitment to reconciliation was realised in setting a new strategic objective through the RAP and the formation of their Aboriginal Advisory Committee to the Board. In developing our 2014-16 RAP we reflect on the significant achievements facilitated by this process:

  • Establishment of the National Trust Aboriginal Advisory Committee
    Appointment of the first National Trust Indigenous Heritage Advocate
  • Hand-over of the National trust owner Ebenezer Mission, Antwerp on 05 December 2013 to Traditional Owners Barengi Gadjin Land Council Aboriginal Corporation
  • First dedicated Aboriginal cultural heritage survey of National Trust properties undertaken through the project Reconciliation Through Place, supported by the federal Indigenous Heritage Program
  • Cultural Awareness Training undertaken by senior management
  • First Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Internship with Deakin University
  • Acknowledgement of Traditional Ownership with Welcome to Country at major National Trust events and in VicNews, 2014-18 Strategic Plan and Annual Reports
  • Co-presentation of the 2013 and 2014 National Trust Heritage Festivals with the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council
  • Co-presentation of the Our History 2013 and 2014 National Trust Heritage Festival events with the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council and Koorie Youth Council
  • Beginning the process of development of an Aboriginal Heritage Agreements with the Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation
  • Contribution to the City of Melbourne’s Tunnerminnerwait & Maulboyheener Memorial Working Group
  • Engaged with Baluk Arts regarding artworks inspired by Endeavor Fern Gully
  • Reviewed the Koori Court Program at the OMG
  • Advocated on behalf of the Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation regarding the proposed Monmot Hill Basalt and Scoria Quarry

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Our Reconciliation Journey

Since 2011 we have been proud to work with all community members to conserve, celebrate and advocate for our shared heritage. Working with our Indigenous partners, Registered Aboriginal Parties, Traditional Owners, the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council and Koorie Youth Council, we strive to realise our vision for the Australian community to understand, value and enjoy the natural, cultural and Indigenous heritage that creates our national identity.

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Our Honorary Life Members

Honorary Membership to John Maidment OAM
Awarded at the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Annual General Meeting 2014

Through his work with the Organ Historical Trust of Australia and the National Trust, John Maidment has played a major and significant role in the development of pipe organ conservation in Australia.

John Maidment has made an outstanding contribution to the work of the Trust in Victoria over more than 35 years of voluntary work. John was instrumental in establishing the Trust’s Pipe Organ Committee to further the cause of preservation and celebration of significant instruments. John is currently Secretary of the Pipe Organ Committee and has previously served for many years as its Chair.

Pipe organs are working artefacts which makes them vulnerable to well-meaning but misinformed modification. Their conservation is important for a proper understanding of the development of local music and its influence on cultural development. It is also important for the place the pipe organ has had as a significant part of the furnishing of the interiors of many churches and public buildings.

John has played an outstanding role in maintaining the work of the Committee, identifying instruments worthy of conservation, ensuring that instruments are properly evaluated and recorded in documentation of very high standard. He has provided advice to the Trust, to the owners of instruments and to organ builders on the restoration and maintenance of classified instruments.

John has also been active in the relocation of classified instruments where they had ceased to be used. His painstaking work in preparing and maintaining a Gazetteer of Victorian Pipe Organs, initially in print and subsequently electronic format has been of enormous value in understanding the significance of surviving instruments.

In this work John has developed extensive overseas contacts, giving Australia recognition as a significant contributor to pipe organ conservation. The Trust in Victoria has benefited greatly from this work.

With John Henwood, John Maidment was co-founder and chairman of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia (OHTA) in 1977. John was driven to establish the organisation following a period when major significant pipe organs in Australia, such as the 1880 Grand Organ in the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, were being destroyed and broken up for scrap metal.

The first Organ Historical Trust meeting was held in the chapter house of St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, during the 1977 Organ and Harpsichord Festival. Since OHTA’s establishment, many significant instruments have been carefully conserved to international standards.

John’s work for the National Trust has meant that the most important of Victoria’s pipe organs are protected by law, with many now on the Victorian Heritage Register. The Trust’s Pipe Organ Committee was established in October 1978, and immediately commenced with classification work. It was guided by John and the OHTA in establishing a process of classification and providing members for the specialist committee.

A classification scheme for pipe organs in Australia was developed, and consequently a number of highly significant organs in Victoria have been restored under the aegis of a National Trust sponsored restoration appeal, which provides tax-deductibility to donors. The Committee’s work has provided a vast archive of research material, and the Trust now has nearly 200 files on significant organs in Victoria.
The long list of organs that John has advised on include the restoration of organs in St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne, St Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in West Melbourne, St John’s church in Toorak, Scotch College and Heidelberg’s St Johns, as well as Brisbane’s City Hall and places in New Zealand.

John has been a regular contributor to Trust News, Heritage Council Hearings, tours and talks, and publications. John was on the steering committee for the National Trust of Australia’s book Victorian Churches, edited by Prof. Miles Lewis, and has a wide knowledge of church architecture, fittings and history.
John was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia in 1999 for his contribution to heritage conservation and his extensive contribution to the work of the Trust is strongly deserving of recognition by the Trust and the community at large. It serves as model to which all people engaged in conservation could well aspire.

Honorary Membership to Professor Miles Lewis OAM
Awarded at the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Annual General Meeting 2013

Miles Lewis has had a profound influence on the development of the National Trust in Victoria. He has been involved since his early years, when his father Professor Brian Lewis was the first Chairman of the National Trust in Victoria in 1957, and President in the early 1960s. Miles has followed that example by providing five decades of his own service to the Trust in Victoria and Australia.
Professor Lewis has made an unbroken contribution to the Trust’s work since the late 1960s by volunteering his time and services to Board and committee work, and through professional architectural advice, the editing and writing of Trust publications, through report writing and expert witness appearances at Planning Panels, VCAT and the Heritage Council.
At various times Professor Lewis has been:
• a member of Trust Council, member of the Executive,
• founding Chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee,
• founding Chairman of the Maldon Committee,
• Chairman of the Churches Committee, and
• member of a number of other expert and advisory groups, most notably the Buildings Committee.
Miles is the foremost architectural historian in Australia; he is Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning at the University of Melbourne. His outstanding intellect provided rigour and academic discipline to the Trust’s classification work, and he has provided thousands of hours of expert advice on the acquisition and conservation of Trust properties.
Miles is editor and principal author of Architectura: Elements of Architectural Style published in London and New York in 2008; he is also author of key heritage and planning texts including
• Victorian Primitive,
• The Essential Maldon,
• Two Hundred Years of Concrete in Australia,
• Victorian Churches, (which he edited on behalf of the Trust)
• Melbourne: the City’s History, and
• Suburban Backlash.
Additionally Miles has published numerous academic articles and papers on architectural and building history, urban conservation, urban renewal and housing policy, as well as the invaluable Australian Architectural Index now available online.
Either alone or with others Miles has written for the National Trust the following:
• Exterior Paint Colours: a guide to exterior colours for buildings of the Victorian period
• The Collins Street Report (1978);
• The National Trust Research Manual (2004);
• ‘Philosophy of Restoration’, in Heritage and Conservation: the Challenges in the Pacific Basin published by the Australian Council of National Trusts in 1990.
In 1968 Miles was inaugural Chair of the Trust’s Maldon Committee. Its task was to influence the Town and Country Planning Board in preservation of the town. The Trust’s subsequent report Proposal for the Conservation of Maldon led to an Interim Development Order in 1970 to prevent adverse development and the classification of Maldon as the first Notable Town.
Miles was a founding member in 1976 of the Australian National Committee of International Council on Monuments and Sites, and subsequently its Chairman, and Miles substantially contributed to the writing of the Australian ICOMOS Burra Charter.
More broadly we can say of Miles that he was educated at Melbourne Grammar School and Melbourne University; won a University of Melbourne Special Award 1966-1969; and was appointed full-time at Melbourne University from 1970.
Miles was joint recipient of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Robin Boyd Environment Award in 1973, won the Walter Burley Griffin Award in 1982; Royal Australian Planning Institute [Victoria] Award for Excellence in 1994; Royal Australian Planning Institute [National] Occasional Special Award in 1995; Member of the Order of Australia in 2002; was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 for service to Australian society and the humanities, and made Honorary Life Member of the Comité International d’Architecture Vernaculaire in 2005.

The Citation for Member of the Order of Australia reads as follows:
For service to architectural history, heritage protection and urban planning, particularly through policy development and professional organisations.
In the same spirit as that citation, it is my great pleasure to be able to present to Miles on behalf of the Board, Executive, members and volunteers of the National Trust in Victoria this highly-merited Honorary Membership in recognition of five decades of distinguished service.

Some of our historic places

Old Melbourne Gaol

A visit to the Old Melbourne Gaol will introduce you to stories of the many inmates who spent time in its cells, including those incarcerated for minor

Rippon Lea Estate

Rippon Lea is a National Heritage Listed heritage site and one of the last surviving examples of a grand estates.

Barwon Park Mansion

Barwon Park is an authentic bluestone mansion and stables set in a sweeping rural landscape.

McCrae Homestead

McCrae Homestead is one of Victoria's oldest homesteads and is a physical reminder of the early pioneering life.

Mulberry Hill

Home of Daryl Lindsay who founded the National Gallery of Victoria and Joan Lindsay author of Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Polly Woodside

All aboard for adventure on Melbourne's favourite tall ship

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