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Australian Council of National Trusts
Type National organisation for National Trusts
Tax ID No. ABN: 54 008 444 684
Registration No. ACN: 008 444 684
Founded 5 February 1965 (1965-02-05)
Headquarters Canberra, Australia
Area served Australia
Volunteers 7000
Employees 350

The Australian Council of National Trusts (ACNT) is a national organization for community-based, non-government organisations that promote and conserve Australia's natural and historic heritage. Begun in 1965, it joined together the eight National Trusts in each Australian state and territory. It provides them with a national office and national and international presence.

Together, the National Trusts own or manage over 300 heritage places. About 7000 people work as volunteers with and there are 350 paid employees. Around 1,000,000 people visit the properties and their collections in Australia each year.

Member organisations

The member organisations are:

Organisation Jurisdiction Founded Actual members Properties Managed Properties Owned Official website Notes
National Trust of Australia (New South Wales) New South Wales 1947 30,000 18 38
National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Victoria 1956 13,000 40 32
National Trust of Australia (Tasmania) Tasmania 1960  ? 9 9
National Trust of Queensland Queensland 1963  ?  ?  ?
National Trust of South Australia South Australia 1955  ? 120 120
National Trust of Western Australia Western Australia 1959  ?  ?  ?
National Trust of Australia (ACT) Australian Capital Territory  ?  ?  ?  ?
National Trust NT Northern Territory 1976  ?  ?  ?


It was based on the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty in England. Local campaigns to conserve native bushland and save old buildings were the forces that led to the first Australian national trusts in New South Wales in 1947, South Australia in 1955 and Victoria in 1956. They were followed later by Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland.

Annie Forsyth Wyatt (1885-1961) was the driving force behind the beginning of the National Trust in Australia. She lived for much of her life in a cottage in Gordon, New South Wales, which is still standing.

(1)Annie Wyatt home Gordon
Annie Wyatt home, Gordon
  • Ian Wyatt, Ours in Trust (1987), covers the early years of the NSW National Trust
  • Mary Rhyllis Clark, In Trust (1996), recollections of the Victorian Trust pioneers
  • Carol Cosgrove and Susan Marsden, Challenging times: the National Trust of South Australia 1955–2005, National Trust of South Australia, Adelaide 2005 ISBN: 0-909378-60-6

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