National Trust of Australia

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Australian Council of National Trusts
Type National peak body for National Trusts; public company, limited by guarantee
Tax ID No. ABN: 54 008 444 684
Registration No. ACN: 008 444 684
Founded 5 February 1965 (1965-02-05)
Headquarters
  • Canberra, Australia
Area served Australia
Website www.nationaltrust.org.au

The Australian Council of National Trusts (ACNT) is the peak body for community-based, non-government organisations committed to promoting and conserving Australia's indigenous, natural and historic heritage.[1] Incorporated in 1965, it federates the eight autonomous National Trusts in each Australian state and internal self-governing territory, providing them with a national secretariat and a national and international presence.[2][3]

Collectively, the constituent National Trusts own or manage over 300 heritage places (the majority held in perpetuity), and manage a volunteer workforce of 7000 while also employing about 350 people nation-wide. Around 1,000,000 visitors experience the properties and their collections in Australia each year.[citation needed]

Member organisations[edit]

The constituent organisations are:

Organisation Jurisdiction Founded Actual members Properties Managed Properties Owned Official website Notes
National Trust of Australia (New South Wales) New South Wales 1947[4] 30,000 18 38 http://www.nationaltrust.com.au
National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Victoria 1956[4] 13,000[5] 40 32 http://www.nattrust.com.au
National Trust of Australia (Tasmania) Tasmania 1960  ? 9 9 http://www.nationaltrusttas.org.au
National Trust of Queensland Queensland 1963  ?  ?  ? http://www.nationaltrustqld.org
National Trust of South Australia South Australia 1955[4]  ? 120 120 http://www.nationaltrustsa.org.au
National Trust of Western Australia Western Australia 1959  ?  ?  ? http://www.ntwa.com.au
National Trust of Australia (ACT) Australian Capital Territory  ?  ?  ?  ? http://www.act.nationaltrust.org.au
National Trust NT Northern Territory 1976  ?  ?  ? http://www.nationaltrustnt.org.au

History[edit]

Modelled on the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty and inspired by local campaigns to conserve native bushland and preserve old buildings, the first Australian national trusts were formed in New South Wales in 1947, South Australia in 1955 and Victoria in 1956; followed later in Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland.[4]

The driving force behind the establishment of the National Trust in Australia was Annie Forsyth Wyatt (1885-1961). She lived for much of her life in a cottage in Gordon, New South Wales, which is still standing. She was living in the Sydney suburb of St Ives when she died.

Annie Wyatt home, Gordon

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cathy Pryor, "A force for the regions", The Australian 4 December 2003 p 15 (Features section); via Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre, EBSCO (database online) accessed 19 August 2011.
  2. ^ "National Trust of Australia" in Trischa Mann (ed), Australian Law Dictionary accessed 30 September 2011 via Oxford Reference Online, Oxford University Press.
  3. ^ "National Trust" in Bruce Moore (ed), The Australian Oxford Dictionary (2nd ed, Oxford University Press, 2004) via Oxford Reference Online, Oxford University Press accessed 30 September 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d Graeme Davison, "National trusts" in Graeme Davison, John Hirst and Stuart Macintyre (eds), The Oxford Companion to Australian History, Oxford University Press, 2001 via Oxford Reference Online, Oxford University Press accessed 30 September 2011.
  5. ^ National Trust of Australia (Victoria), Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Conservation of Australia’s Historic Heritage Places

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