ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collections

HMSS 0164 NATIONAL TRUST (ACT) RECORDS 

Scope and Content Notes 

Call Number HMSS 0164
Collection National Trust (ACT) Records
Date Range 1967-2005
Quantity 1.75m (10 manuscript boxes)
Access Conditions unstated
Copying Conditions unstated
Related Collections
 

The Australian National Trust movement was established in NSW in 1945 and spread across Australia with offices set up in the States during the 1950s and 1960s, and in the Northern Territory and the ACT in 1976. In 1965 the Australian Council of National Trusts was incorporated as the peak body, providing each of the state and territory autonomous Trusts with a national secretariat and a national and international voice. In 1985 it was decided that all state and territory bodies and the peak body should adopt a national corporate identity with a single logo.

The National Trust in NSW formed a Southern Tablelands branch in July 1967, meeting in Goulburn. In August a Women’s Committee was formed to raise funds to purchase Riversdale, a former inn in Goulburn and only the second property bought by the Trust. Early in 1968 several Canberra members of the Committee proposed that they hold meetings in Canberra and continue to raise funds for the Goulburn branch.

The ACT Committee, later the ACT and Regional Women’s Committee, of the National Trust of Australia (NSW) was formed on 9 May 1968 and forwarded profits to the Southern Tablelands branch. In July 1969 the Canberra group was renamed the Canberra Women’s Committee, and forwarded profits directly to NSW Trust headquarters in Sydney. When it was decided to form an ACT branch of the Trust, the Committee funded the establishment of the branch and disbanded about a year later, their last meeting being in November 1976.

A steering committee was set up on 24 February 1975 to establish an autonomous branch of the Trust in Canberra. Having resolved the many legal difficulties attendant on setting up such a branch in the ACT, the National Trust of Australia (ACT) branch was finally incorporated as a limited company on 20 December 1976. In April 1977 the ACT Trust was formally admitted as a member of the Australian Council of National Trusts, which has its headquarters in Campbell, ACT.

Before constructing its own building in Deakin, the Trust ACT branch occupied office and shop premises in Kingston and Manuka, and managed the Trust Shop in Old Parliament House from about 1996 until it closed in 2010. In 2002 the office moved to Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City.

The collection consists of minutes, correspondence, reports, submissions, publications, school education kits, research notes on historic properties and families, some maps and site plans, some photographs. Annual reports and a collection of postcards have been placed in the general collections of the ACT Heritage Library.

Files have been re-ordered to maintain coherent subject groups. Many files were not originally numbered, but where National Trust file numbering exists, that file number is included in the description. Judith Baskin’s working files overlap the official files to a significant extent but also extend the coverage of some of the files, particularly in the area of classification of properties for heritage listing.

Box List

BOX
NO.

DESCRIPTION

QUANTITY

DATE RANGE

1

SOUTHERN TABLELANDS REGIONAL COMMITTEE

 

1967 – 1977

1

John Whelen’s file, covering his association with the National Trust (NSW) as foundation member and later President of the Southern Tablelands Regional Committee, 1967-1972; his assistance to the National Trust (NSW) re classification of buildings in the district; his brief association with the steering committee that established the National Trust (ACT).

Includes Rules of the Trust (NSW) 1960, lists of heritage buildings, typescript history of Riversdale, newscuttings, brochures, invitations, correspondence, some minutes of Southern Tablelands Regional Committee, objectives of the National Trust (ACT)

1 file

1967 – 1977

 

 

 

 

1

SOUTHERN TABLELANDS REGIONAL COMMITTEE – CANBERRA COMMITTEE

 

1968 – 1977

1

Canberra Committee papers, including minutes, correspondence, newsletters, National Trust Bulletin,  membership matters, financial papers, newscuttings

1 file

1968 – 1977

1

House inspections – visits to properties in the Canberra – Goulburn district

1 file

1968 – 1973

 

 

 

 

1

WOMEN’S COMMITTEE

Includes correspondence, minutes including first Directors’ meeting 13 January 1976, financial returns to NSW Trust, membership matters

1 folder

1968 – 1978

 

 

 

 

1

INCORPORATION

·         Report by Director of the NSW Trust 1971, Articles of Association 1976, draft incorporation document

·         incorporation documents, correspondence with other Trust offices, invitations to potential Councillors and related correspondence, return to Companies Office

2 files

1971 – 1979

 

 

 

 

1

HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL TRUST IN CANBERRA

Several versions, handwritten and typescript, of the early history, by Pam Rothwell

1 folder

1983

 

 

 

 

1

CORPORATE IDENTITY

·         Original logo designs for ACT and several other state branches (file 1/6/1)

·         Bryce Design Consultants design proposals and manual for a national corporate identity for the National Trust (file 2/5/1)

2 folders

1985 – 1987

 

 

 

 

2-3

COUNCIL AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MINUTES

 

1977 – 2005

2

Minutes of Directors’ meetings and Council meetings

1 minute book

13 January 1977 – 30 July 1984

2-3

Minutes and meeting papers of Directors’ and Council meetings

4 folders

1978 – 29 February 1988; 2002 – June 2005

3

Minutes and meeting papers of Executive Committee

1 folder

September 1981 – May 1985

 

 

 

 

3

OFFICE ACCOMMODATION

The lease document for the Civic Square premises is in the Minutes file, March 2002

 

1982 – 1987

3

Accommodation options

·         accommodation offers 1982-1983 (file 3/3/1)

·         options investigated, no action, 1984-1985

2 folders

1982 – 1985

3

New accommodation - planning data and briefs

1 folder

1984 – 1985

3

Trust headquarters, Deakin – competition design, correspondence, estimates, project management

1 folder

1984 - 1986

3

Trust headquarters, Deakin – papers relating to design and construction, draft lease agreement, correspondence, maps and plans (file 3/2/1)

1 folder

1986 – 1987

3

Trust headquarters, Deakin - renting of lettable space

1 folder

1986

 

 

 

 

3

TRUST GIFT SHOP

Trust shop, Style Arcade, Manuka – lease, alterations, correspondence

1 folder

1984 – 1985

 

 

 

 

3

STAFF

·         Trust Executive Officer, general staff and volunteers – lists, rosters, duties, correspondence, CVs (file 3/1/1)

·         Letter of complaint – closed until 2020 (file 3/1/6)

2 folders

1982 – 1990

 

 

 

 

4

HERITAGE BUILDINGS, ACT

Except for Lanyon, these files appear to pre-date the formation of the Heritage Committee and the Heritage Register

 

1968 – 1978

4

General files – include correspondence, lists, maps, newscuttings, historical information. File 1 deals mainly with the Canberra and District Historical Society (CDHS)

3 folders

1953 – 1982

4

ACT buildings E – Z: arranged by locality; Duntroon and Lanyon separately

1 folder

1971 – 1983

 

 

 

 

4

Duntroon: Campbell family, Duntroon House, Apple Shed, Dairy – includes correspondence, lists, maps and plans, newscuttings, historical information, brochures

1 folder

1968 – 1978

4

Lanyon:

·         Main file includes correspondence, lists, maps, newscuttings, historical information, brochures, National Capital Development Commission report on use as a museum; 1971 – 1978

·         Items on loan – lists of items on loan, conditions of loan, room notes and other information for National Trust Guardians, minutes on Lanyon Committee meeting 22 May 1991, correspondence; 1978 – 1991 (file 8/4/4)

·         Furnishing Lanyon – correspondence, information brochures, room notes, photographic negatives and contact sheets; 1986 (file 8/4/8)

·         Nolan Gallery – initially inside Lanyon Homestead, then in a purpose-built gallery near the homestead; site plan, correspondence, newscuttings; 1975 – 1979 (file 8/6/1)

4 folders

1971 – 1991

 

 

 

 

4-5

ACT HERITAGE COMMITTEE

The Committee’s functions are to advise the Minister on matters relating to heritage; to identify heritage places and compile and maintain an inventory of them; to advise on the preparation of management plans for heritage places; to advise on making historical places or artefacts readily accessible to the general public; to encourage and promote public interest in heritage issues; to further training and education in conservation, improvement and promotion of heritage.

·         ACT Heritage Committee – establishment, correspondence; 1981 – 1991 (file 11/1/1)

·         ACT Heritage Committee meetings – minutes, meeting papers; 1980 – 1988 (file 11/1/4)

·         ACT Heritage and Classification Committee – recommendations, reports, correspondence, newscuttings, brochures; 1968 – 1981

·         ACT Heritage Register – guidelines and criteria for local and national heritage listings, handbooks for heritage evaluations; 1990 – 2002

·         ACT Heritage Committee – unsorted papers

3 folders, 2 wallets

1968 – 2002

 

 

 

 

5

AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL OF NATIONAL TRUSTS – NATIONAL CONSERVATION STRATEGY

Reports, position papers, legislative framework, correspondence (file 2/5/8)

1 folder

1980 – 1986

 

 

 

 

5

ACT CLASSIFICATION COMMITTEE

Papers, minutes, recommendations and correspondence dealing with nominations for classification of ACT places and objects

1 file

1998 – 2000

 

 

 

 

5

EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL COMMITTEE

·         Minutes of meetings, 1980 – 1993 (file 5/1/2)

·         General papers – objectives and responsibilities, annual report of projects, 1979 – 1989

2 folders

1979 – 1993

 

 

 

 

5

COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Miscellaneous projects, for guidelines and ideas:

·         T W Payne, Community Education and the Trusts, 1978

·         Ian McShane, History and Cultural Resources Project, parts 1 and 2, 1985

·         Ian McShane, Archives and Museums, 1987

·         Correspondence and notes

1 folder

1978 – 1987

 

 

 

 

6

HERITAGE WEEK

Includes background papers, programs, correspondence, lists of participants, posters, Heritage Week newsletters, newscuttings, speeches, committee papers, minutes and reports

3 folders

1985 – 1990

6

Heritage Week background papers – philosophy, examples of programs, etc

 1 folder

1985 – 1990

6

Heritage Week opening speeches and notes

1 folder

1986 – 1990

6

Heritage Week – World Heritage Display

1 folder

1988 – 1989

6

Heritage Week 1988 – planning papers, minutes, co-ordinator’s report

1 folder

1988

6

Heritage Week 1990 – ideas

1 folder

1990

6

ACT Heritage Week 1990-1991 – planning papers, minutes, co-ordinator’s reports, financial reports

1 folder

1990 – 1991

6

ACT Heritage Week 1991 – Save the Bush Report

1 folder

1991

6

Canberra Day Ecumenical Service at St Christopher’s Cathedral, Manuka

1 folder

1991

 

 

 

 

6

TOURS AND VISITS

National Trust (NSW) Industrial Archaeology Committee tours of Canberra

1 folder

1977, 1981

 

 

 

 

6

YOUNG NATIONAL TRUST (also called YOUNG TRUST)

Junior membership of the National Trust (ACT) was begun about 1977-1978. Activities included bus tours, cycle and skiing weekends; each tour file includes planning documents, correspondence, handouts and participant lists

 

1977 – 1988

 

Junior membership – correspondence

1 folder

1977

 

Cross-country skiing weekend, Jindabyne (file 13/4/3 or 13/9/1 or 13/9/2)

1 folder

1986

 

Bundanoon cycling tour (file 13/4/1 or 13/9/2)

1 folder

1986

 

Conimbla and Nangar National Parks tour (file 13/4/5 or 13/9/3)

1 folder

1987

 

Hotels tour (file 13/8/1)

1 folder

1988

 

Cooma Cottage and Yass tour (file 13/8/2)

1 folder

1988

 

Namadgi Huts tour (file 13/8/3 and/or 13/2/9)

1 folder

1988

 

 

 

 

7

PUBLICATIONS

 

1982 – 1989

 

The Heritage of Jervis Bay (file 10/2/1); typescript text, correspondence

1 folder

1986 – 1989

 

Federal Capital Architecture – Canberra 1911-1939 (file 10/3/1); includes pre-production design and layout, and advance order records

2 folders

1982 - 1984

 

 

 

 

7

SCHOOL EDUCATION KITS

As part of the school and community education role of the National Trust, a series of kits were prepared, based on historical buildings, funded in part by the National Estate Program.

·         School education kits working party papers (file 12/2/1)

·         School education kits – general correspondence, background papers, ideas (file 12/1/4)

·         Sample kits (file 12/1/5)

·         School education kits – Bicentenary funding (file 12/2/1)

·         Northern Sites – teachers’ notes (file 12/2/2)

·         Capital Buildings – teachers’ notes (file 12/2/4)

·         Campbell Family – teachers’ notes (file 12/2/3)

·         School education kits – audit of program (file 12/5/1)

8 folders

1980 – 1988

 

 

 

 

7

FOUNDER’S DAY DINNER

Includes brief history of the National Trust (ACT), correspondence, menu, guest list and seating arrangements for 1988 dinner (file 5/5/1

2 folders

1982, 1988

 

 

 

 

7

MUGGA-MUGGA MEMORIAL HISTORY PRIZE

Sponsored by Sylvia Curley and promoted by the National Trust (ACT), this was an essay competition for primary school students

1 folder

1991

 

 

 

 

7

CRAFT IN TRUST EXHIBITION

An exhibition of craft items made either for necessity or for decoration, loaned for exhibition at Pilgrim House, Civic, 15-17 April 1999. Includes list of contributors, catalogue giving history of craft items, some photographs of craft items, administrative papers for the exhibition

1 folder

1999

 

 

 

 

7

UNITY CUNNINGHAM

Notes for a biography by Judith Baskin

1 folder

1998

 

 

 

 

8

JUDITH BASKIN’S WORKING FILES

These are unsorted and include both National Trust (ACT) papers and personal papers from Judy’s heritage consultancy. The collection includes minutes, reports, background papers on various heritage and classification matters, assessment criteria, correspondence, brochures, newscuttings. Three files are primarily concerned with classification of properties

8 folders

1996 – 2002

 

 

 

 

9

TRUST ADMINISTRATION

·         National Trust (ACT) superannuation fund trust deed and rules, 1990 (file 3/1/13)

·         Trust review, 1998-1999

·         National Trust (ACT) website, 2003

·         National Trust (ACT) bequest brochure, 2005

·         National Trust (ACT) administrative file management; includes History of the National Trust of Australia to 2000, membership of professional organistions, archival policy, archiving Trust files with ACT Heritage Library 2004

·         Garth Setchell – staff-in-confidence

1 book, 5 folders

1998 – 2005

 

 

 

 

9

TRIG POINTS IN THE CANBERRA – GOULBURN AREA

Extracts from an application for a Heritage Order over the Lake George Trigonometrical Base Line, from the NSW Department of Conservation and Land Management. Includes extracts from surveys taken from 1870 to 1966

1 sleeve

1992

 

 

 

 

9

CONSERVATION OF CEMETERIES

In the late 1980s and 1990s the Australian Council of National Trusts convened a working group of representatives of State Trusts in order to establish a national guideline on the recording and conservation of cemeteries in Australia. These are the working papers of the ACT Trust Committee

 

1980 – 2004

9

Publications and reports on cemetery recording and preservation:

·         J S Kerr. Notes on grave yard surveys in New South Wales, 1980

·         National Trust (NSW). A guide to the conservation of cemeteries. 1982

·         Department of Planning, Heritage Council of NSW. Cemeteries: Guidelines for their care and conservation. 1992

·         ACT Government. Greenhouse strategy: a draft framework for action and options for consideration. 1992

·         National Trust (NSW). Cemeteries: a National Trust policy paper. 1986

3 books, 1 sleeve

1980, 1986, 1992

9

National Trust (ACT) Conservation of Cemeteries Committee:

·         National conservation of cemeteries policy – drafts, 1988-1995

·         Background papers

2 files

1980 – 1995

9-10

Research notes by Maura O’Connor on three cemeteries in the ACT:

·         Report on the Weetangera Methodist Cemetery, prepared for the National Trust (ACT), 1988 – typescript with corrections

·         Weetangera Cemetery research papers, including 2 photographs

·         Report on the Tharwa General Cemetery, prepared for the National Trust (ACT), 1990

·         Cuppacumbalong (De Salis) Cemetery, Tharwa, including the identification of the unmarked burials, 1994

·         Notes for the compilation of the report on the Cuppacumbalong (De Salis) Cemetery, Tharwa

3 files, 1 folder, 1 sleeve

1988 – 1994

10

Cemetery Survey of the ACT – includes maps, burial records, historical background, photographs and oral history transcripts of public cemeteries, private and church cemeteries and lone graves

6 files

Ca 1990 - 2004

10  Research notes by Maura O’Connor on Ginninderra Cemetery – maps, extracts from books, newscuttings, correspondence, lists of burials at St Paul’s Church of England; list of historic sites in Gungahlin and Hall and locations on accompanying map, handwritten notes  1 file  1988-1994 
10  Research notes by Maura O’Connor on ACT and NSW graves and cemeteries – notes on single burial sites, notes and colour photographs of homestead remains and grave sites  2 files  1988-1994  
10 

Historic sites ACT and NSW – notes on Majura Valley; photographs of:

  • Cork plantation, ACT (3 photographs, 1993)
  • Early trig station, Gungahlin, perhaps on One-Tree Hill (3 photographs)
  • Early trig station (boundary marker) Lake George, NSW (3 photographs)
  • Convict built stone culvert, Federal Highway, Lake George, NSW (1 photograph)
  • Orroral Valley homestead, ACT (2 photographs)
  • Chinese market gardens, Orroral Valley (2 photographs) 
1 file  1988-1994