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Following the retirement of Joe Groher, The Johnston Collection is seeking expressions of interest for the position of Honorary Treasurer.

The Honorary Treasurer’s role is to provide advice and assistance to The WR Johnston Trust on financial stewardship responsibilities and to act as the leading interface between the Trustees and staff on financial matters. In addition to these responsibilities, the Honorary Treasurer has a number of tasks specific to their role.

We are looking for someone with financial qualifications and/or a background in financial management at senior level, and experience working for a not-for-profit organisation.

The position commences in September 2017.

For expressions of interest and a full role description, please contact us at

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

Accountant - Luke Man

Visitor Services - Irene Villis

Visitor Services - Leanne Willson

Guides & Volunteers at The Johnston Collection


Get Involved 


The Johnston Collection recruits Volunteer Guides every two years with 2016 being an intake year.  Successful applicants are required to take part in an intensive 10 session training commencing in July 2016.  Applications close 20 May 2016.  Download an application form below.  


Our General Volunteer positions [which include Programming | Collection | Administration | Visitor Services | Marketing | Reference Library] are currently full.  Our next intake for these positions will depend on need and demand.  We anticipate the next round may take place in 2017 and we encourage you to apply then.

Please note:

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.

Volunteer-Guide-Application-Form-2016.pdf Volunteer-Guide-Application-Form-2016.pdf (60kB)

Annual Reports 

Download our 2016 Annual Report as a pdf here

TJC-2016-Annual-Report.pdf TJC-2016-Annual-Report.pdf (26MB)

Download our 2015 Annual Report as a pdf here:



Annual-Report-2014-15-Final.pdf Annual-Report-2014-15-Final.pdf (5MB)

Download our 2014 Annual Report as a pdf here

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

Download our 2013 Annual Report as a pdf here:


TJC-2013-Annual-Report.pdf TJC-2013-Annual-Report.pdf (5MB)