The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) holds a remarkable collection of over 35,000 objects. Our collection features furniture and household objects of significance, alongside fashion and textiles which tell the stories of our special places.




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Ouija Board

Henry Handel Richardson (H.H.R.) was the pen name of Ethel Florence Richardson (1870-1946), author of The Getting of Wisdom (1910), The Fortunes of Richard

Measuring Scales for Medicinal Ingredients at Dow’s Pharmacy

Before mass production, medicines were made by pharmacies – who compounded the pharmaceuticals they supplied to their customers.  Compounding means to

Typewriter used by Joan Lindsay

Picnic at Hanging Rock continues to mystify the public. The haunting image of the disappearing schoolgirls in the bush intrigues us. Joan Lindsay would sit on

Hand Embroidered Hearth Rug made by Elizabeth Austin

This large embroidery, in Berlin wool work on a loose-weave canvas panel, features a central cartouche of English flowers including lily-of-the-valley, roses,

Porcelain Chandelier made by Minton

This turquoise, white, and gilt elaborate porcelain chandelier is surmounted with eight branches and exuberantly ornamented with floral decoration, which is

Wallpaper Fragment – Kinkarakawagami

After Sir Frederick Sargood established a successful political career and remarried, he decided to renovate his home Rippon Lea. Completed in 1890 ca., the

Ned Kelly’s death mask

Convicted at Melbourne on 29 October 1880 for murder, Ned Kelly was a well-known bushranger who captured the public’s imagination. His death mask was

Federal Standard Printing Press

The Federal Standard Printing Works is one of the few substantially intact provincial newspaper printers remaining from the gold mining era. When gold was

Costume Collection

A surprising and unexpected costume collection comprising locally made and worn fashion.

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Donate an Object

Donate an object to the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) 

Our collections are a major asset that supports our research, story-telling and learning. We are always interested in items with a relationship to our properties, places and their people, as well as items with an association with Australia or which represent the lives of Victoria’s diverse communities.  

We encourage members of the public to contact our Collections and Cultural Projects team if they have an item they believe may be of interest.  

Donations process 

Please do not leave items for donation at our properties without speaking to a member of the Collections and Cultural Projects team first. 

To assess whether an item fits within our acceptance criteria, please email us with the following: 

  • Photographs of the item(s) 
  • How did you come to own the item? 
  • Does it have a relationship to one of our properties or collections? 
  • What condition is the item in?  
  • What is the history of the item? 
  • Who were the previous owners (if known) and do you have any documentation to confirm this? 

Please send this information to us via email at or to speak to a member of the team, please phone (03) 9656 9800. 

We only provide tax certificates for donations that meet the criteria under the Cultural Gifts program. 

Please note we receive a large number of donations offers, which we assess on a case by case basis. It may take several weeks before we make a decision and respond to your offer.