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Paul Bangay & Como House

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This article was first published in the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Magazine (Spring 2022 issue) “Gardens evolve”, insists Paul Bangay, “I don’t think they should be frozen in time”.   How then does Australia’s foremost contemporary garden designer approach the restoration of the famous gardens at Como, one of National
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Pentridge

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Written by Michael Veitch, author and playwright. This article was first published in the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Magazine (Autumn 2023 issue) In this realm of stone and iron, the first thing that strikes you is the hush. Not the hush of a quiet forest, nor even the solemn
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Women, Children and Gaol 

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Come and see the new interpretation at the Old Melbourne Gaol  Old Melbourne Gaol is celebrated its 50th year as a heritage site in 2022. It is a place anchored in the streetscape of Melbourne; the legal precinct dominates this part of Russell Street. Absorbed against the grounds of RMIT
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Conservation Tips for Owners of Heritage Homes

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Maintaining the character of a heritage home is an investment that comes with some important considerations to make. Here are nine practical tips to help you care for heritage buildings, and in doing so help preserve the richness of our built landscape.    First, look before you leap Get to know
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Rippon Lea’s Kinkarakami Wallpaper

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It was 7 years ago that the Tokyo based Kinkarakami Institute was commissioned to create approximately 10 square metres of gold embossed wallpaper, recreating the pattern and texture of the hall filler paper at Rippon Lea. The newly crafted and installed wallpaper represents the culmination of almost 10 years of
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The Story of the Hepburn Graves

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Captain John Stuart Hepburn was in the first party of overlanders from Sydney to the Port Phillip district in 1836. Born in Scotland in 1803, he became a mariner and after having landed in Hobart, entered into a plan to overland stock from New South Wales to Central Victoria.  In
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All Hands on Deck

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A recent Polly Woodside research project* has brought to life new stories about conservation, collegiality, enduring passions and commitment.  Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the start of the volunteer supported conservation work on the Polly Woodside. To commemorate this milestone, the Trust commissioned a study to audit and
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ANZAC Biscuits – Australian War Memorial

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Anzac tile or wafer recipe The army biscuit, also known as an Anzac wafer or Anzac tile, is essentially a long shelf-life, hard tack biscuit, eaten as a substitute for bread. Unlike bread, though, the biscuits are very, very hard. Some soldiers preferred to grind them up and eat as
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Joan Lindsay’s Valentine’s Day Card Collection

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St Valentine’s Day this year marked the 100th wedding anniversary of Daryl and Joan Lindsay, who eloped at the Marylebone Registry Office in London on February 14, 1922. Both Daryl and Joan were born into influential creative families. Daryl was a member of the famous Lindsay family of artists and was
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Stitch by Stitch – Pixel by Pixel

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Barwon Park mansion in Winchelsea was built for Thomas and Elizabeth Austin from 1869-1871 and Elizabeth remained living in the house until her death in 1910. The mansion was sold in 1912 to the Batson family, who generously bequeathed it to the National Trust in 1973.  From contemporary newspaper articles
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House Museums

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Written by Fiona Gruber. This article was first published in the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Magazine (Spring 2022 issue). On a recent visit to the National Trust-run home of Thomas and Jane Carlyle in London’s Chelsea, three things became apparent; one, that it was the home of two very talented
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M/FW x VAULT Upcycling Initiative

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Don’t miss our next runway event at VAULT Block Arcade as part of the 2022 Melbourne Fashion Week. Melbourne-based fashion designers were invited to choose a pre-loved garment from the collection to upcycle it into a new, wearable piece to be showcased on the Block Arcade fashion runway on Friday 14
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National Trust Mooramong – Regional Tourism and Infrastructure Fund Announcement

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The Victorian State Government have awarded the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) a Regional Tourism and Infrastructure Fund to bring the 1860’s Mooramong Homestead back to life. Simon Ambrose, CEO of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), is thrilled to have received the funding to explore the story of Mooramong
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Miniature Art Exhibition Winner Announcement

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Lithuanian artist Arūnas Vilkevičius has taken out the Best in Show Prize at the inaugural Giant Miniature Art Exhibition conducted by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria).  Not much bigger than a postage stamp, his ethereal watercolour painting titled Glance depicts a close up of a seemingly young face looking
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Q&A with Jack Fordham

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Jack Fordham, retail coordinator for VAULT, shares his thoughts of this exciting new vintage concept shop by the National Trust   What is your connection to the Trust? My knowledge and association with the National Trust has been lifelong. My father,  worked with the Trust for many years as I
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The Block Arcade

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The VAULT store was designed to complement the historic envelope of the Block Arcade, with a nod to its late Victorian past, whilst looking towards the future with a sophisticated contemporary design intended to engage a new demographic.   As well as having architectural and aesthetic significance for its European-influenced design
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Barwon Park 150th Anniversary

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  We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which Barwon Park is located, the Wadawurrung people. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present, and recognise their continuing connections to lands, waters and communities. In celebration of 150 years of Barwon Park, we share the story of
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Victorian Tree of the Year Nominations Open

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Nominations are now open for 2021 Victorian Tree of the Year.    The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) is the state’s leading advocate for the protection of trees, celebrating the benefits they provide to our communities. Since 1982 the Trust has classified over 20,000 trees in 1,200 places across the state
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