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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


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


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:

PRIVATE COUNTRY GARDENS IN SPRING | Sunday 28 October 2018, 11:00 am start

The Friends Garden Tours are always very popular, giving members and their friends the opportunity to learn from gardeners who have been able to create their own paradise.

This self-drive day exploring some very special country gardens will commence at 11:00 am visiting and touring an exclusive property in Merricks Beach . This tranquil garden is a rose lover’s delight as it is almost entirely devoted to the flower, underplanted with hippeastrum and salvia in formal beds. (The address details will only be given with finalised bookings).

For a relaxing lunch, we will head on to Red Hill South, and Food on the Hill Café which has a BYO wine licence. We will then drive on to the afternoon garden, the Red Hill Peony Estate , where we will have the exclusivity of the estate for a very private tour over the Peony Paddock.

October-Garden-Tour-Booking-Form.doc-003.pdf October-Garden-Tour-Booking-Form.doc-003.pdf (120kB)

FRIENDS FIRST FRIDAY BOOK CLUB | 2 November 2018 10.00 am

Meet Me at the Museum is the debut novel of Anne Youngson, who at 70 years of age, proves it is never too late to pursue a dream. The two correspondents bond over an enquiry about the Tollund Man. A friendship grows as they discuss history and archaeology, and share details about their families, their regrets, their hopes, revealing thoughts on love, grief and loneliness.This is a charming epistolary novel about strangers who discover themselves in letter writing.

Booking-Form-Meet-me-at-the-Museum.pdf Booking-Form-Meet-me-at-the-Museum.pdf (139kB)

AFTERNOON TEA (AND CHATEAU LIFE) with Jane Webster Thursday 22 November 2018 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Join author Jane Webster and be captivated by her tales of living la vie de château at Château Bosgouet in Normandy. The French have long been lauded as culinary experts, and the emphasis they place on time spent around the dinner table is yet another secret worth borrowing. Jane will entrance us with her stories of Château Life, with its sixty recipes - organised around ten themes, including holiday traditions, lunch box contents, joie de vivre, and the French Sunday lunch. They are a sensational catalog of the Webster clan’s favorite food moments.


Booking-Form-Afternoon-Tea-with-Jane-Webster.pdf Booking-Form-Afternoon-Tea-with-Jane-Webster.pdf (181kB)

The Friends of The Johnston Collection Committee

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)


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)