The National Trust was awarded a grant from the Commonwealth Government’s Federal Stimulus Package in 2009. This funded work to repair timbers, repaint the Cottage and replace the fence. It also funded a series of interpretative signs in the surrounds of the Cottage.
Guides appraise the new fence and shingles during their end-of-year lunch; a visitor receives assistance at one of the interpretative signs
An appeal was initiated by the Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage in 2010 to raise funds to replace the Cottage roof shingles. The shingles were replaced at the end of 2011.
The Friends are currently raising funds to replace the roof shingles on the Servants’ quarters. Donations would be gratefully received – please contact John Drury phone 0412 584 060, email firstname.lastname@example.org
From its inception the Friends group built on existing research into La Trobe’s garden plantings and have worked towards re-creating his inner garden as it appeared during his time at Jolimont.
A Development Proposal for the long-term development of the Cottage site and its facilities was produced by the Friends and presented to the National Trust in November 2010. To see a copy click on the link: