It was a belated celebration, but the marking of a significant milestone nonetheless – the National Trust (NSW) launched its 75th Anniversary program virtually last night.
Established in 1945 by Annie Forsyth Wyatt, the National Trust of Australia (NSW) is Australia’s longest-running heritage conservation charity. Proudly established on an environmental conservation vision, and then expanding to advocate and play a key role in the protection and expert care and guardianship of the state’s built, cultural and living heritage – the National Trust has evolved, adapted and expanded its mission and vision over seven decades to be the peak community organisation with the role of protecting, conserving and celebrating heritage.
The National Trust (NSW) was meant to commence its 75th Anniversary celebrations in April 2020, however postponed in the interests of community health and safety.
Last night set the delayed celebrations on their path, with a virtual launch presented and hosted by Fenella Kernebone, who is a Board Director of the charity as well as being the Head Curator at TEDxSydney. The virtual awards featured keynote speakers including:
- Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, the Governor of New South Wales who is also the National Trust (NSW)’s Patron.
- The National Trust (NSW) President, Neil Wykes OAM;
- Chief Executive Officer of the National Trust (NSW), Debbie Mills
Fenella Kernebone interviewed former Director, Conservation, Graham Quint; and lifetime member of the National Trust, Lois Rasmussen, to hear their perspectives following decades of dedicated service.
The National Trust (NSW) 75th Anniversary virtual celebration also featured a documentary film capturing all aspects of the conservation charity’s conservation and advocacy work. The story of the charity’s importance to the community, its role in conserving and protecting heritage, and the opportunities for people to experience and learn about heritage are conveyed in a short film narrated by Fenella Kernebone.
You can view both videos on the National Trust (NSW) YouTube channel:
You can also see the 75th Anniversary exhibition online or visit the National Trust Centre where it is on display in the Annie Wyatt Room. You can also see what special 75th Anniversary events the National Trust has planned for 2021 at heritage properties across the state.
For media interviews about the National Trust (NSW) 75th Anniversary, contact:
Contact Lyndal Stuart, Director, Marketing and Communications
Phone: 0400 017 330.