In conversation with Lynn Calluaud a Life Member of the National Trust

Life Member, supporter and volunteer, Lynn Calluaud, shares why she loves being part of the National Trust, and the sense of making a difference that supporting the National Trust brings.

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When did you get involved with the National Trust?

Wow, a really long time ago – my husband, Jacques, and I were members in New South Wales before heading to Queensland and then South Australia where we became Life Members. So I have been involved with the National Trust for more than thirty years.

What attracted you to join the National Trust?

Recognising the importance of looking after our heritage and knowing our history — if we don’t know where we come from, we repeat the mistakes of the past. I’ve also encouraged friends travelling to the UK to take up membership and the reciprocal rights that come with it, which are worth their weight in gold.

What National Trust programs do you take part in and what does this involve?

I am involved with the Women’s Committee. I have researched information about the homes opened to members for the Committee’s Looking at Architecture days, and volunteer as a Cherry Bow. I joined the Management Committee for Vienna Cottage, our local National Trust property, and our eldest daughter worked for the S.H. Ervin Gallery. We got invited to exhibition opening nights so we started donating to the Gallery as a way to say thank you for those opportunities.

What motivates you to volunteer?

I think it’s time to give back, and I have met some lovely women who work consistently to support the National Trust and each other.

Why do you donate to the National Trust?

The National Trust isn’t government funded and relies on volunteers. At this stage in our lives we are able to support the Trust with both time and money – money being most important because of all the upkeep required in old houses. It means we are helping to save places for others to enjoy and learn from our past, and that can’t be done without money.

What do you hope the Trust will achieve over the next few years?

Saving our historic buildings in Parramatta and protecting the natural environment is also important, such as Currumbin on the Gold Coast.

Do you have a story about your involvement with the National Trust?

Watching Brendan Nelson opening an art exhibition from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra at the S.H. Ervin Gallery, where he spoke without notes! His knowledge of the artworks was thorough and he knew where each artwork was located within the exhibition.

Final thoughts…

Get involved. Even if you can’t spare the time now, consider becoming a member, visit a property and buy something at the shop.

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