Join The Trust

The Trust is a voluntary organisation entrusted with the maintenance and preservation of the Grange Historic Precinct. Our mission is to conserve, manage and promote with imagination, creativity and excellence, the life and times of one of Australia’s greatest colonial exploreres, Captain Charles Sturt.

If you would like to assist us in our mission, you are invited to join us as a Member.

Membership is $20.00 per annum which assists the Trust to fulfil its mission. In return you receive our newsletter Explore, and an invitation to Captain Charles Sturt’s Anniversary Birthday celebrations and an opportunity to serve on the Trust Board. Volunteers are welcome to assist with maintaining the Grange and its heritage garden, providing tours to our visitors or assisting with functions. Our gardening group meet twice a week to work in the garden, to socialise, make new friends and enjoy a morning tea. An afternoon barbecue is a special treat for all the Trust volunteers.

If you would to become a member, please send an email to for an application form.

Organisational History

In 1955, a committee of concerned citizens, many of whom were very prominent people in South Australia, was established to save the colonial home of the explorer Captain Charles Sturt and to preserve it for future generations.  The newly formed National Trust of South Australia lent its weight to the effort and generated public support to save the Grange.  At this time it was evident that the fabric of this historic building had fallen into disrepair, and it was feared it was in imminent danger of demolition by the owner. The Henley & Grange Council with the considerable efforts of the Mayor, the late D. J. Newlands, stepped in and purchased the property in 1956.

In 1960 The Charles Sturt Memorial Museum Trust was formed and incorporated to restore Sturt’s home to its former glory.  Tasked with raising the funds to carry out the restoration work, they were ably supported in this venture by the then Premier of South Australia, The Honourable Sir Thomas (Tom) Playford KCMG MP and a number of other leading business men.  

In April 1966, the Corporation of the Town of Henley & Grange gifted the title of the house and its associated land to the Charles Sturt Memorial Museum Trust Inc. subject to a caveat requiring it to restore and maintain the property as a memorial museum and tourist attraction. 
Following restoration of the house, a quantity of furniture, artworks, documents and artefacts, some of which were the personal belongings of Captain Charles Sturt and his family, were gifted to the Trust by his grandchildren, Geoffery and Katherine Sturt, and his great grandson, Anthony Sturt. His great nephew the Reverend Napier Sturt also loaned an ivory of Sturt’s mother (Jeanette Sturt nee Wilson) and bequeathed a considerable sum of money to the museum, whilst another great nephew, David Sturt-Bray also donated several family heirlooms.

On April 28, 1967, the Trust instituted a commemorative celebration of Sturt’s Birthday at which his memory was saluted with a toast of punch from the solid silver cup presented to him by the staff of the South Australian Colonial Survey Department in 1839. A custom that is still celebrated today.