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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:

Join us as Patricia Fullerton, author of The Flower Hunter, will speak about Ellis Rowan’s life and work, surrounded by the superb murals commissioned by the club in 1893.

The morning visit will begin with a guided tour by Tom Hazell AO, Deputy Chair of The WR Johnston Trust and coordinator of the $10 million restoration project of St Mary’s in West Melbourne, who will talk about the history of the church and its new life post-refurbishment.

Fine and Decorative Arts Private Preview | June 2014

View the delights on offer prior to Mossgreen’s upcoming fine and decorative arts auction. This will be a fascinating and informative evening.

The Friends of The Johnston Collection Committee

Sue Logie-Smith
Robbie Brooks
Wendy Babiolakis
Mary Bourne
Sheila Butler
Jenny Carty
Tony Preston
Cathy Trinca
Sue O’Flynn
Jean Verwey

The Friends of The Johnston Collection Newsletter:

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