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Annual Appeal 2017

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The 2017 Annual Appeal for Como has now closed. A big thank you to all who have contributed, your support will help us protect Como for future generations.  Details on the commencement of works will follow later this year. Stay tuned for details!
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Annual Report 2015-16

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The Annual Report for the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) is now available. Download the Annual Report 2015-16.  
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National Trust Calls for Greater Penalties for Illegal Demolition

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Following the demolition of the Carlton Inn last week, The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) has joined other groups including the Resurrect the Corkman Working Group established by students of Melbourne Law School, the CFMEU, and Carlton Residents Association, to call for the State Government to urgently review penalties for
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Vale Captain Ralph McDonell OAM

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  Ralph McDonell left his mark through a lifetime of support to Polly Woodside. In particular at the Melbourne Maritime Museum, where as the President of the Polly Woodside Volunteers Association his skills, knowledge, enthusiasm and interest in people and the ship shone. His wood carvings take pride of place in
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Victorian Government to revitalise Polly Woodside

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The Victorian Government is helping to revitalise our much-loved Polly Woodside. Minister for Planning Richard Wynne announced that Polly Woodside will receive $500,000 from the Living Heritage Program. Ms Kristin Stegley OAM, Chairman of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) said: Polly Woodside has welcomed many visitors and schools since
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Mountain Ash named inaugural Victorian Tree of the Year

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The Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans), known as the ‘Kalatha Giant’, is thought to be at least 400 years old, 65 metres tall and the 7th largest tree in Victoria (by volume). The tree bears a very old scar at its heavily buttressed base (possibly from 1851) and is hollow all
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Vote for the Victorian Tree of the Year

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The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) has been classifying significant trees since 1982. The inaugural Victorian Tree of the Year contest raises awareness for the conservation of Victoria’s natural heritage and the benefits that significant trees provide. The Victorian Tree of the Year winner will be a tree that has captured
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NTAV Appoints CEO

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National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Chairman, Ms Kristin Stegley, today announced the appointment of Mr Simon Ambrose to the top job of Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian heritage agency. “The Board of the National Trust is delighted to announce that in its 60th anniversary year Simon Ambrose has been
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Vale – Rodney Davidson AO OBE

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On behalf of the members and staff, the Board of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) expresses its deep sorrow at the passing of Rodney Davidson AO, OBE. Rodney played a crucial part in building the National Trust movement in both Victoria and in Australia. His work as Chair (1965
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New 8-storey tower proposed at former Pentridge Prison

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While it has been positive to see recent announcements about new initiatives at Pentridge’s Coburg Quarter that will activate the site, such as a new microbrewery and retail strip, a new masterplan being developed for the site is yet to be made available to the public. Submissions on the current proposal
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Rippon Lea Estate Visitor Access Improvement

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Statement from the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) announcing the Rippon Lea Estate visitor access improvement capital project. Rippon Lea Estate is set to undergo a $2.3 million upgrade to provide increased community access and improved visitor amenities. Over the next 18 months further parts of this national heritage listed
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Letter from the CEO

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I am honoured to have been appointed Acting CEO of the Trust in Victoria whilst the Board recruits a permanent CEO to replace Martin Purslow. That recruitment process has been started by the Board.   Martin achieved an incredible amount in his ten years heading the Trust, revitalising the organisation, breathing
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The Power of Transformation: The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition premiers at The National Trust’s stunning Barwon Park Mansion

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This summer, the power of transformation through fashion will transcend the silver screen to the National Trust’s Barwon Park Mansion at The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition. Costumes from the box office hit film, The Dressmaker, will be on display in an exclusive exhibition held at National Trust’s Barwon Park Mansion from
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Letter from the National Trust Chairman and the Board

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Dear Members and Friends, We write to you with messages of importance and good news. We are grateful to the membership for taking such a strong interest in the recent election of Directors. The four elected Directors are extremely committed to the work of the National Trust of Australia Victoria.
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Working together with Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria

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The National Trust has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with our partners Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria.
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Trust reignites campaign to save iconic W Class Trams

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Together with Adam Dunning and community groups on Facebook, the Trust is alarmed that fully functional W Class trams are being sold off or given away following the recent decommissioning of Ws on several commuter routes.
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Trust launches campaign to save historic Fishermans Bend factory

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The National Trust has joined with the Art Deco & Modernism Society and the Port Melbourne Historical Society to call for the protection of a historic factory in Fishermans Bend.
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Rippon Lea Estate receives $985k boost from Australian Government

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Rippon Lea Estate, one of Australiaís most significant heritage sites, is set to receive a $985,446 grant from the Federal Department of Environmentís Protecting National Historic Sites Programme in an announcement by the Hon. Greg Hunt MP Minister for Environment at Rippon Lea on Monday 13 July 2015.
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Miss Fisherís Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition Launches at Rippon Lea Estate

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To coincide with the airing of Miss Fisherís Murder Mysteries Series 3 on ABC on Friday 8 May 2015, the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher, televisionís most elegant lady detective, returns to Rippon Lea Estate as part of the National Trustís Miss Fisherís Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition.
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Lesley Barnes wins Heritage Council Award

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It is with great pleasure that I pass on the news to all those involved in the National Trust that Lesley Barnes, one of our longest standing volunteers and the driving force behind Gulf Station and its volunteers in the Yarra Valley, was last night presented with the Heritage Council of Victoriaís annual award for volunteers.
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Hop Down to the National Trust for an egg-cellent Easter Fun Day

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The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) will host its annual Easter Fun Day at Rippon Lea House and Gardens, Barwon Park and Mulberry Hill, on Sunday 5 April 2015.
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