The new Visitor Centre was officially opened on 11th December 2022 by Her Excellency, the Governor of South Australia, Frances Adamson AC. Guests numbered ninety.
Designed by Khab Architects Pty. Ltd. and constructed by Thorne Constructions the new additions have delivered modern amenities and expanded gallery space. Antipodean Dreams, a new exhibition designed and developed by Denise Schumann OAM, is a feature of the four gallery spaces.
With the Visitor Centre completed, the Trust will now focus greater attention on the conservation of the State Heritage listed ‘The Grange’. Our initial goal is to rewire the building and install a more sympathetic and effective lighting system. Our second aim is to have the antique furniture and artworks assessed by Artlab for conservation followed by the implementation of those recommendations. A future goal will be the undertaking of a new Conservation Study in relation to furnishings and fixtures and their implementation. If you would like to assist the Trust in its conservation and preservation of The Grange, the Trust is a Gift Deductible Recipient.
Donations to the Conservation Fund can be made by
- Cheque to Charles Sturt Memorial Museum Trust Inc. PO Box 132, Fulham Gardens SA 5024
- EFT to Charles Sturt Museum Bendigo Bank Building Fund 633-000 Account 160636544
The Trust is very appreciative of The Copland Foundation and The History Trust of South Australia for their substantially contributions to the mounting of the Exhibition.
The Trust gratefully acknowledges all the donors and sponsors of the Visitor Centre in particularly the late John Howland, former Board Member, who in 2015 gifted funds for construction of the Visitor Centre.
Arthur Jeeves OAM, John Howland and Tony Botten.
Anne McCutcheon, Hon. Secretary with volunteer Janet Scammell preparing to welcome guests.
Vice-Regal tour of Antipodean Dreams by Denise Schumann OAM.