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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 $60 ($110 for couples) 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

BECOME A MEMBER

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
E: friends@johnstoncollection.org
P: (03) 9416 2515
Friends Office hours: every Tuesday 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

 

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:

DISCOVER WILLIAM JOHNSTON'S EAST MELBOURNE | Thursday 19 April 2018

In 1952, after only five years in London, William Johnston had sufficient funds to acquire Fairhall and invest in properties in Melbourne.  East Melbourne represented the townhouses so fashionable in London. And Johnston started buying.

 

Join The Friends for a leisurely walk and talk, and view “William Johnston’s East Melbourne” discovering some secrets, and histories of celebrates and other prominent properties and personalities, along the way.

East-Melbourne-Walk-Booking-Form.pdf East-Melbourne-Walk-Booking-Form.pdf (120kB)

AUTUMN COUNTRY GARDEN TOUR | Sunday 29 April 2018
A special day to visit and exclusively tour the Garden Vineyard, a tranquil garden in Moorooduc with a walled courtyard and a variety of garden rooms. This self-drive tour includes stopping at the Flinders Hotel for a fabulous lunch and then onto a special visit to Musk Cottage, Rick Eckersley’s garden project in Flinders. 

With Eckersley Garden Architecture’s recent win at the Melbourne International Garden Show, this will be an exciting end to our day of touring.

Autumn-Garden-Booking-Form.pdf Autumn-Garden-Booking-Form.pdf (120kB)

FRIENDS FIRST FRIDAY BOOK CLUB | Friday 4 May 10.00 am

This month we will discuss THE ANGEL AND THE CAD: Love, Loss and Scandal in Regency England. “Geraldine Roberts recounts the tragic tale of the ‘Wiltshire heiress’, who at 15 became England’s richest woman, and the wastrel who destroyed her”. Join Barbara Summerbell and Friends for another fascinating discussion on this great story.

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

Friends-Book-Club-4-May-Booking-Form.pdf Friends-Book-Club-4-May-Booking-Form.pdf (137kB)

DULDIG STUDIO MUSEUM + SCULPTURE GARDEN  | Thursday 17 May 2018 | 10:00 am Start

The Duldig Studio Museum + Sculpture Garden showcases works of art by the European refugee and internationally acclaimed sculptor Karl Duldig (1902-1986) and his wife, the artist and inventor Slawa Duldig née Horowitz (1902-1975). In their former home, the sculptures, drawings, paintings and decorative arts tell the story of lucky escape and internment plus their creative lives in Vienna, Singapore, Tatura and Melbourne. This is an exclusive Friends tour with an opportunity to view the current exhibition SLAWA: modernist art + design.

Duldig-Studio-Booking-Form.pdf Duldig-Studio-Booking-Form.pdf (121kB)

The Friends of The Johnston Collection Committee

Robbie Brooks
Bernard Crosbie
Bernadette Dennis
Heather Mallinson
Julie Nicholson
Barbara Summerbell
Catherine Trinca

NOVEMBER 2016 | Issue 19

 

FINAL-Fairhall_19_print-210117.pdf FINAL-Fairhall_19_print-210117.pdf (37MB)

fairhall  NEWSLETTER OF THE FRIENDS OF THE JOHNSTON COLLECTION AND VOLUNTEERS OF THE JOHNSTON COLLECTION  PRODUCED BY VOLUNTEERS FOR OUR SUPPORTERS

MARCH 2017 | Issue 20

FINAL-TJC_Fairhall_20_print.pdf FINAL-TJC_Fairhall_20_print.pdf (31MB)

JULY 2016 | Issue 18

FINAL-Fairhall-18-printoff.pdf FINAL-Fairhall-18-printoff.pdf (23MB)

MARCH 2016 | Issue 17

Fairhall_17_final-at-280716.pdf Fairhall_17_final-at-280716.pdf (16MB)

FRIENDS FIRST FRIDAY BOOK CLUB | 3 November 2017

Julian Barnes’s novel, “The Noise of Time,” doesn’t just tell the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s story; it presumes to channel him.
Barnes deftly covers three big episodes in the composer’s life: denunciation in Pravda and subsequent implication in an assassination plot; his trip to America, where he is humiliated as a Soviet stooge; and lastly, being forced to join the Communist Party. This story is truly amazing.

 

The-Friends-Book-Club-Booking-Form-Oct17.pdf The-Friends-Book-Club-Booking-Form-Oct17.pdf (532kB)

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY | 7 December 2017

The Friends Committee is delighted to announce that the Friends Annual Christmas Party will be celebrated at the home of two longstanding supportive Friends. this will be a very special night sharing a celebratory glass with friends and enjoying delectable hors d'oeuvres. It is a not to be missed event.

Christmas-Party-Booking-Form.pdf Christmas-Party-Booking-Form.pdf (527kB)