Victoria’s iconic heritage needs your help
Help preserve Victoria’s heritage through the National Trust Victoria’s Annual Fundraising Appeal, which ensures the state’s unique heritage buildings are maintained for future generations to enjoy.
Over the past six years, the National Trust Victoria has delivered over 60 restoration projects across numerous historic properties, an effort which would not have been achieved without the generous support of National Trust Victoria members and donations from the public.
Contributions received from this year’s Annual Appeal will be used for urgent restoration and improvement projects at numerous properties, including a valuable makeover of the iconic Gulf Station.
Built in the 1840s, Gulf Station is one of the oldest and most intact examples of a pioneer homestead and outbuildings in Australia. Through the Annual Appeal, the National Trust Victoria will relocate the historic timber shingled chapel that was recently saved from demolition in Healesville. The chapel will be relocated and housed on-site outside of the Heritage precinct.
Funds raised will also go to Rippon Lea House and Garden, one of Australia’s grandest suburban estates. The Restoration of Rippon Lea’s historic stables will see the development of an education and groups meeting space within the picturesque grounds.
Barwon Grange is an early Victorian brick villa that was built along the Barwon River in the 1850s which needs urgent restoration and repair work within the house and historic conservatory. This project will be supported by the 2013 Annual Appeal.
Another property that will benefit this year is the Mooramong Estate – a working farm of nearly 4,000 acres that incorporates the Mackinnon Nature Reserve. The 1930s “Hollywood” inspired swimming pool, which wouldn’t look out of place on the set of the Great Gatsby blockbuster, is a landmark feature within the garden design that requires urgent maintenance work.
Mulberry Hill is a stunning weatherboard house in the American Colonial style, with areas dating back to the 1880s. It will receive extensive restoration of the main house, including the renewal of all rainwater systems, to prepare it for a spring 2013 reopening.
To help bring Victoria’s heritage to life visit www.givenow.com.au/nattrustvic to make a donation.