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2010s – Federation Square

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In 2017, The Andrews Labor Government announced that tech giant Apple had finalised a deal to demolish the Yarra Building, the main built structure at Federation Square and the home of many of Melbourne’s cultural institutions and events, to make way for their new retail store. The deal was made
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2000s – Skipping Girl Vinegar Sign

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For 85 years, the Skipping Girl Vinegar sign, or “Little Audrey” as she is affectionately known, has dazzled the Melbourne skyline. Though she is now one of the city’s most iconic images, adorning postcards, tea towels and posters, she only continues to skip today due to advocacy from the community
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1990s – Public Art

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The 1991 destruction of Karl Duldig’s ‘Progress of Man’ and its counterpart ‘Abstract’ from the office complex at 505 St Kilda Road drew public attention to the tenuous existence of public art – and sparked the realisation that no organisation was specifically concerned with its protection.    The National Trust
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1980s – Significant Trees

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As heritage laws began providing some protection to significant buildings in Victoria, trees were being cleared at an alarming rate, with little legislation to safeguard them. The National Trust had the vision to understand the built environment was only one aspect of important cultural landscapes, and saw an urgent need
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1970s – Mount Sugarloaf & Mount Leura

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In the late 1960s outrage erupted over a plan to quarry Mount Sugarloaf, part of a nationally-significant volcano complex near Camperdown. Local residents rallied against the plan and went to great lengths to prevent it, with some protestors lying down in front of bulldozers.   The National Trust was the first
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1960s – Rippon Lea Estate

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Throughout the 1960s The National Trust was the loudest voice raised in protest against the loss of heritage in Victoria.   Before heritage preservation legislation, the only secure way to preserve a place was to own it.    As she witnessed the demolition of many significant buildings and gardens across Melbourne,
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1950s – Como House & Garden

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The 1950s were a period of increased development in Melbourne, thanks to the post-Second World War migration program and the 1956 Olympic Games. During the post-war boom period, Victoria experienced significant losses of historic places and public open space.     Statutory heritage protections were decades away, and this spurred the
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Membership makes a difference

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Many of Victoria’s most significant buildings, gardens, trees and landscapes would not be here without the advocacy of the National Trust, who have been the state’s leading independent heritage organisation since 1956. We are a totally independent non-profit, non-government entity, and we rely on the support of our members to
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Como House Minecraft Neighbourhood

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Created by Jake and Toby Storer this Minecraft community build is creating a neighbourhood around historic Como House in South Yarra. Inspired by doll houses, the aim of this build is to create an ever-growing Minecraft neighbourhood. Each player has their own plot and are free to build their dream
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Como Reimagined

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Once beautifully conserved and restored, Como will be reimagined Como House rose from the Yarra, the mighty Birrarung, with its walls made of bricks pressed from Birrarung clay and stone from its banks. Como House is the living evidence of spirit of place, held up by the materials from which
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Rescue. Revive. Reveal. Woodford Academy

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Watch the video to learn about two dramatic seascape paintings which form part of the original contents of Woodford Academy. Both paintings are signed ‘P. van Houten’ but mystery surrounds the identity of the artist. Enquiries are currently being made to the Gerrit van Houten Foundation in the Netherlands to
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The National Trust Heritage Awards 2021

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Projects are entered by organisations, individuals and community groups that demonstrate excellence in conservation, advocacy, education, interpretation and communication – including a specific category for projects that promote greater conservation, understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal heritage. In its 27th year, the National Trust Heritage Awards is a signature event of
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National Trust Explorer Membership

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*FREE 2 YEAR MEMBERSHIP valued at $145 Free Entry is granted to the Trust Explorer Member at all Victorian National Trust Properties
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Volunteer for the National Trust Plant a Tree Day at Cooma Cottage

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You will work with our Bushland Management Services experts, meet great people, connect with nature and improve the natural environment in your local area.  Your support will help establish a healthy community of native plants, improve the habitat for native wildlife, and ensures a more sustainable environment of this historic
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Peter Richards: Unfold Exhibition

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Artist Biography After finishing a hairdressing apprenticeship in 1989, Peter undertook formal training and completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). At the end of 1996, he opened an artist run space called Gogo Gallery, which he ran alongside his own
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The National Trust (NSW) Heritage Award 2020 winners

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The winners for 2020 were: Aboriginal Heritage The Springs; an Aboriginal Journey – entered by Orange City Council (image below) Darug Caring-as-Country Project – entered by Yanama Budyari Gumada Collective Adaptive Re-use Marrickville Library and Pavilion – entered by Inner West Council, GML Heritage, BVN (main banner image above) Bulli
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