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Staff Profiles

Director | Curator - Louis Le Vaillant

Louis took up the position of Director of The Johnston Collection following fourteen years as Curator - Applied Arts at Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira. Prior to this appointment he was Director of the Fisher Gallery (now known as Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts) and as Registrar and Exhibitions Manager for The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Louis has also been an external advisor for the Craft / Object and Craft Fellowships for Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.

In 2004 Louis was awarded the prestigious Clark Collection / Creative New Zealand Scholarship to attend the three week residential Attingham Summer School in the England during which time he visited and studied the collections of more than 35 great country houses with professional colleagues from the UK, USA and Europe. In addition he also had internships at the National Trust, English Heritage, the V&A Museum and the Royal Collections.

Louis strongly believes in the role that museums and their collections play in society, the enjoyment they bring to the community.

Administration & Marketing - Fil Natarelli

Administration & Marketing – Felicity Cook

Visitor Services & Retail – Sue Chapman

Visitor Services - Irene Villis



Guides & Volunteers at The Johnston Collection


Get Involved 

The Johnston Collection recruits Volunteer Guides every two years.  Our next intake will be in 2016.  Successful applicants are required to take part in an intensive 10 session training 

Guiding at The Johnston Collection is a project supported by the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society and all successful applicants become ADFAS Associate Members. Volunteers are also encouraged to join the Friends of the Johnston Collection.

Please note that because of the conditions of the Permit to Operate issued by the City of Melbourne parking is not permitted within the vicinity of The Johnston Collection. There are a number of public transport options available.

Volunteers click here.

If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer, please download the information sheet and application form below and return to The Johnston Collection.

Get-Involved-at-TJC-2015.pdf Get-Involved-at-TJC-2015.pdf (645kB)

Annual Report 

Our 2014 Annual Report can be downloaded as a pdf document below:



Final-TJC_AnReport_single_June29_HQ.pdf Final-TJC_AnReport_single_June29_HQ.pdf (37MB)