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The Friends of The Johnston Collection

The Friends of the Johnston Collection first met in May 1999 and the inaugural Annual General Meeting was held in August of that year. The group has quickly become an integral and important part of The Johnston Collection. Some members of the Friends support the work of the house and Collection in practical ways - raising funds for new acquisitions and assisting with  research and the management of the Collection. The Committee also organizes special outings and events, which are usually enlightening and always social and enjoyable. Events are held both during the day and evenings.

Apart from being associated with a very special Collection and meeting new people with similar interests, your membership will give you:

  • An opportunity to attend events including visits to private collections organized exclusively for The Friends members
  • Notice of events held at The Johnston Collection
  • Special admission rate to the "Highlights Tour"
  • The Friends newsletter
  • Information about the Volunteer Program at The Johnston Collection 

Your $55 Membership also gives you the opportunity to:

  • Enjoy social events with like minded people
  • Make new friends
  • Visit private and public collections
  • Become involved in assisting in the care of an important historic property and a superb Collection


To join The Friends of The Johnston Collection download the Membership Form below or to have one sent to you email The Johnston Collection.

For further information about The Friends of The Johnston Collection contact:

The Friends Of The Johnston Collection
PO Box 428 | East Melbourne VIC 8002
P: (03) 9416 2515
Friends Office hours: every Tuesday 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm


Friends-Membership-form-2014-15.pdf Friends-Membership-form-2014-15.pdf (172kB)

Forthcoming Events

We look forward to your involvement in the upcoming events conducted by The Friends of The Johnston Collection.

These events have three aims: to develop a convivial social programme that brings together individuals with similar interests in the arts; to provide access to events, specialists, locations and homes that may not be normally available to the public; and to assist with support of the Collection.

We welcome members to join the following Friends lectures and events:

Visit To A Private Home | June 2013

This event is a wonderful opportunity to visit the delightful home of one of The Johnston Collection’s Volunteer Guides.

To avoid disappointment, we remind Friends to book early or register expressions of interest to attend, as numbers are often limited.

A Private Evening At Kozminsky’s  

July 2014

We look forward to you joining us for a private viewing of objects of rare beauty and desire and illustrated talk at this prestigious venue.

Annual General Meeting & New Members Evening  

August 2014

This year we are combining two special events

New Members Evening
The evening begins with an opportunity for The Friends’ Committee to welcome all of our new members and for you to meet some of the Committee and staff of The Johnston Collection.

The Friends Annual General Meeting
The AGM follows and is an opportunity to connect with fellow members, enjoy our hospitality and listen to a stimulating speaker.

A Day In The Country 2014  

October 2014

Enjoy a unique and privileged visit to a significant house and fascinating garden in the Yarra Valley environs.

Christmas Party  

December 2014

The Friends’ Committee is, once again, absolutely thrilled that a particularly prestigious Toorak residence will be the setting for The Friends’ Annual Christmas Party.

To avoid disappointment, we remind Friends to book early or register expressions of interest to attend as numbers are often limited.

The Friends of The Johnston Collection Committee

Sue Logie-Smith (President)
Wendy Babiolakis
Mary Bourne
Sheila Butler
Jenny Carty
Patricia McKendrick
Tony Preston

The Friends of The Johnston Collection Newsletter:

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