The Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage

The ‘Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage’ was formed in 2009 under the umbrella of the
C J La Trobe Society to support the National Trust in its efforts to maintain the Cottage, and, through fund-raising, improve the visitor experience at the Cottage through regular public opening times, enhanced interpretation, and improved interior and exterior appearance.

The Friends aim to promote education programs for schools, and foster a better understanding among the citizens of Melbourne and beyond of the important role La Trobe played in setting up our early university, hospital, library and other institutions, and in establishing the parks and gardens which are such a feature of our city today.

Volunteers are involved in running tours of the Cottage, holding working bees in the garden and on the cottage building, maintaining the historic collection held in the Cottage, and organising fund-raising events.


Membership of The Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage

If you would like to join us, please contact us.


The Friends aim to publish regular newsletters. You can view the past newsletters here and garden news on the Garden page.



Newsletter 51 - July 2024

Newsletter 50 - March 2024

Newsletter 49 - December 2023

Newsletter 48 - August 2023

Newsletter 47 - May 2023

Newsletter 46 - March 2023

Newsletter 45 - December 2022

Newsletter 44 - October 2022

Newsletter 43 - August 2022

Newsletter 42 - May 2022

Newsletter 41 - March 2022

Newsletter 40 - January 2022

Newsletters 2009 to 2021


Annual lecture


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