Help keep National Trust properties safe… before it’s too late. Miss Traill’s House is facing a real risk to its verandah and structure which needs urgent attention.

Due to recent, more extreme weather conditions in Bathurst, the town’s reactive clay soil which underpins the National Trust property of Miss Traill’s House has contracted, and is causing the outer colonial-era verandah posts to begin to slip. Major cracks are now appearing across the outer walls and the verandah’s brick floor has become destabilised.

Miss Ida Traill was the great granddaughter of two of Bathurst’s most successful pioneers, William Lee and Thomas Kite. Her home, bequeathed to the National Trust in 1976, is well regarded as a family treasure ‘unique to the nation’ as it has captured an important chapter in Australia’s civic inland expansion. However today, Miss Traill’s House is facing a real risk.

Iris Atkinson, who has been volunteering with her husband Brian at Miss Traill’s House for more than 23 years, said ‘There is a real concern that the verandah could pull away from the House causing it to collapse. We now have to direct all of our visitors through the gardens; however, those arriving with walking frames, canes and wheel chairs often struggle to get through the fine pebble pathways.’

 

We need your support to help to keep Miss Traill’s House safe and accessible to all.

Miss Traill’s House remains a fine example of one of the few Victorian-era homes within the region that is largely unaltered. It reflects the considerable achievements of the Kite and Lee generations, and the careful tending and foresight by Miss Ida Traill of her family heritage for us all to enjoy.

Each year the National Trust of Australia (NSW) hosts more than 100,000 guests across 20 properties. Many are elderly, disabled or are accompanied by parents or a mature-aged carer. The National Trust currently has 50 urgent projects in need of vital repairs. Some of these projects are large, others small. Miss Traill’s House is our most urgent.

We thank you for whatever generous support you are able to provide us with at this time. We are committed to making National Trust properties safe and accessible for all, forever.

 

Donating to the National Trust of Australia (NSW)

The National Trust of Australia is the nation’s leading conservation organisation protecting our natural, cultural and built heritage. In NSW the National Trust managers more than 30 historic properties and selected bushland sites.

As a custodian of precious collections, including furnishings, costumes, artworks, documents and other objects of immeasurable historical and cultural significance, the National Trust has grown to become a major contributor to our State’s regional and cultural tourism and heritage education.

Each year the costs to maintain and conserve the National Trust’s properties and collections runs into millions of dollars. Your generous donation today will help us to preserve these irreplaceable landmarks for future generations.

We welcome your donations all year round as each one ensures this vital work can continue to enrich our community.

Please note that all donations of $2 and over to the National Trust of Australia (NSW) are tax deductible.

To make a tax deductible donation, please use the form below or phone us on (02) 9258 0156.

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Supporters who have notified us of their intentions to leave a gift to the National Trust of Australia (NSW) in their Will are invited to join the exclusive National Trust Circle program.

Circle events will provide behind-the-scenes viewings and attendees will enjoy a closer relationship with the National Trust and its members through their involvement.

By making a provision for the National Trust of NSW in your Will, you will provide a lasting gift for future generations.

Talk to the National Trust today about how you would like your bequest to be used to conserve our natural and cultural heritage, and join our community of committed supporters.

For details on joining our Bequest Circle please contact bequests@nationaltrust.com.au or call (02) 9258 0156.