Help the National Trust with your Ritchies Community Benefit Card!
Since 1956, the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) has been actively working to conserve and protect our heritage for future generations to enjoy. The Trust is not a part of government: it is an independent non-profit organisation that relies on membership subscriptions, property entrance fees, donations and legacies for its income. It is the premier heritage and conservation organisation in the state, and the major operator of house museums and historic properties open to the public.
Over the years the Trust has waged campaigns to save many buildings around the state. In Collins Street, for example, it fought for the Regent Theatre, which was recently restored, and about 10,000 people rallied to save Rippon Lea in Elsternwick in the 1960s.
The National Trust owns and manages some of Victoria's best-known historic properties, such as Como, Rippon Lea, La Trobe's Cottage and Old Melbourne Gaol.
Beginning with the acquisition of Como in 1959, the Trust now owns or manages about 40 significant properties in Victoria, with 23 open to the public. They reflect the diversity of Victoria's history and include numerous grand 19th century mansions and historic gardens in Melbourne and country Victoria, several portable houses, an original 1850s farm in the Yarra Valley, a Joss House in Bendigo, a pharmacy in Chiltern; and Mooramong, a farm and nature reserve in Western Victoria.
If you would like to help the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) protect our heritage for future generations to enjoy, you can nominate them when you apply for your free Ritchies Community Benefit Card. Their CB number is 93311