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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:

Julien Quentin | ANAM Masterclass | Friday 24 August 2018 3:45 pm for 4:00 pm Start.
ANAM | Australian National Academy of Music | MASTERCLASS with French pianist Julien Quentin who has established himself
as a versatile and sensitive musician, exhibiting great maturity and poise. His remarkable depth of musicianship and
distinct clarity of sound coupled with flawless technique, make him an artist in demand as both soloist and chamber musician.

ANAM-Booking-Form-Fn.pdf ANAM-Booking-Form-Fn.pdf (150kB)

The Friends First Friday Bookclub | The Trial of Queen Caroline by Jane Robins |  7 September 2018 10.00 am
The story of a prince and a princess who brought out the worst in each other does not sound unfamiliar.   In 1794 aged 32 George, Prince of Wales decided to marry, partially to find a way out of his financial difficulties. His chosen bride was his vulgar but good natured first cousin, Princess Caroline of Brunswick. They had not met until she arrived in England. Their marriage was a disaster and although a daughter Princess Charlotte was born, the results were scandalous.   Princess Caroline moved to the continent but after George 111 died she returned when George 1V sought a divorce based on her adultery. However, Caroline was preferred by much of the population, the press, political radicals and the Opposition Whigs and the ensuing battle nearly ended the monarchy.
Join Friends of the Johnston Collection Book Club to discuss a royal union author Jane Robins argues empowered people and strengthened the opposition Press.


Book-Club-7-September-Booking-Form.pdf Book-Club-7-September-Booking-Form.pdf (137kB)

Afternoon Tea with Picardy | Thursday 13 September 2018 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Marion Somes will delight The Friends, especially those who visited Picardy in 2016, with her story of creating a French idyll in an Australian landscape. When Bryce and Marian Somes took a whistle-stop tour of France in 1986, they couldn’t have imagined the lasting effect it would have on their future. The Someses returned to Australia and found 26 acres of bare but beckoning land in Victoria’s Gippsland where they set about creating what Bryce lovingly refers to as a French folly.

Booking-Form-for-Picardy.pdf Booking-Form-for-Picardy.pdf (160kB)

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)


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)