Australian Historical Art Fund & Heritage Government Residences


The Australiana Fund Book

The current edition of our book The Australiana Collection is out of print. A new and updated edition is due for publication in 2017.

Collecting for the Nation - The Australiana Fund

The Australiana Collection published in 1990, gave important insights into the Fund’s historically significant collection and its important relationship with the four official residences of the Governor-General and Prime Minister of Australia. Since then, many more acquisitions have been made and this handsome, fully colour-illustrated publication will be a guide to the artworks and their provenance, their maker’s significance to the cultural development of our Nation and, their part in presenting Australia’s great tradition of excellence in design and craftsmanship within these heritage establishments.  The architectural development of each house will be explored along with the Heads of State and historical figures who have lived in or visited them.  Essays focusing on specific media or key objects will be incorporated, giving an insight into the Fund’s desire to acquire and preserve the best examples while remaining mindful of the need to provide objects that can be used daily in these working homes.

As an independent fundraising organisation The Australiana Fund acquires and maintains the Collection without financial assistance from the Government. In order to proceed with projects of this magnitude, we rely on the generosity of our members and our many supporters, who recognise the value of preserving these artworks into the future and the necessity of ensuring that Australian design and craftsmanship is ‘on show’ to visiting foreign dignitaries and official guests.    

I encourage you to support this project which will remain a monument to The Australiana Fund, for many years to come, and a way of sharing the Collection with the rest of the world. 

Thank you for your generosity.
Yours sincerely,

Donald McDonald AC
The Australiana Fund

We invite you to be a part of this unique opportunity through sponsorship of this project.
Tax deductible donations are an excellent way of showing your generosity and valuable support, for more details or to pre order your limited edition : Contact us