Our supporters

The Abbotsford Convent Foundation acknowledges the vision of the Abbotsford Convent Coalition whose members campaigned for seven years to secure this public precinct for the community. Our success would not be possible without their commitment, and that of many others. Over the years, the Convent has also been greatly assisted by a vast number of individuals and organisations who have contributed their time, energy, skills, and financial support. The Foundation is extremely grateful to all those who have provided sustained support and advocacy.

We are very thankful for the invaluable support we have received from our donors and partners, both long standing and new. We look forward to working together to continue ensuring the Convent is open every day of the year for a wide range of community uses.

The ACF acknowledges the philanthropic, grant, pro bono, low bono, and sponsorship support of many people over many years, especially the following supporters in the 2022/2023 financial year:

Principal Donors

Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM
Judy Matear
Sally Romanes
Ray Wilson OAM via The Ray & Margaret Wilson Foundation
Anonymous (1)  

Major Donors

Rosemary Campbell & Tony Campbell
Mavourneen Cowen
Andrew Evans & Shushen Feng
Diana Heggie
Joan Johnson & Graeme Johnson OAM
Ruth Jones
Megan Laidlaw & David Laidlaw
Maggie Maguire OAM 
Victoria Marles AM
Paula McLeod & John McLeod 
Cynthia Nadai
John Paterson
Alexander Patton
The Hon. Justice Michelle Quigley 
Gregory Shalit
Sisters of the Good Shepherd
Michael Smith OAM
Terence Teo
Christopher Thomas AM 
Judy Williams & Peter Williams AM
Anonymous (1)

Key Supporters

Robyn Bainbridge
Alistair Baird
Andrew Barbour
Ric Begg
Justin Blumfield
Collette Brennan
Janet Campbell
Anna Carlile
Hannah Constantine & David Constantine
John Di Natale
Alison Duncan
Haydon Elliot
Prof. David Forrest
Gillian Franklin
Tina Hocking & Robert Hocking
Cameron Jackson
Ronald Alan Jones
Karen Large
Margaret McNaughton
Joan Monti
Northeast Family
Gina Settle
Michael Sokulski
Lady Marigold Southey AC
George Willox
Anonymous (1)  

Friends

The Hon. Robbie Aitken
Charlotte Allen & Prof. Peter McPhee AM
David Baile
Robyn Ball
Alison Barber
Maureen Barden
Jade Barnaby
Alexandra Barry
Celeste Best
Dr. Margot Breidahl
Dan Brooks
Carole Browne
Louise Buckle
Dr. Catherin Bull AM
Suzy Chandler
Annie Chapman
Elaine Chia
Prof. Martin Comte OAM
Hilary Cure
Suzanne Davies
Leanne de Souza
Lynette Dean
Melinda Di Vita
Anna Dollard
Anne & Tom Dowling
Lesley Dunton
Lloyd Ellis
Dallas English
Beth Exiner
Lily Foo
Aaron Foo
Anne Forrest
Nicholas Garnham
Robyn Gawenda
Luke Gianfriddo
Dr. Linda Gibbs
Ross Gilbert
Andrea Goldsmith
Mary & Stephen Gow
Susan Grabsch
Camilla Graves 
Andrew Gunn
Debra & David Hirschfelder
Renate Howe AO
Dr. Irene Irvine
Prue Jolley
Kirsha Kaechele
Jenny Kay
Prof. Stuart Kells
Peter Kenny
Ezekiel Kigbo
Simon Killen
Genevieve Lacey
Emily Lin
Enrica Longo & Laughton Family
Giovanna Luciani
Jessica Luu
Jenny Macmillan
Peter Marburg
Pamela McLure
Maria Mithen
Judy Morton
Alexandra Murphy
George Novakovic
Rema O’Neill
Lynette Payne
Victoria Prentice
Ian Renard AM
Naomi Richards
Gary Rimmington
Janey Runci
Sally Draper Architects
Pamela & Barry Saunders
Schored Projects
Terry Shields
Ian Steedman
Peter Summers
Mary Symes
J M Taylor
Patricia Tooth
Mark Tran
Peter Treloar
Vin Vijayan
Rosemary Warnock
Gregor Whyte
Lorrae Wild
Simon Wilding
David Wilkinson
Robyn Williams
Lorena Wright
Anonymous (9)  

 

Trusts & Foundations

Principal Partners

Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation
Roger Allen and Maggie Gray Foundation  

Major Partners

Ballandry (Peter Griffin Family) Fund: a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation
Henkell Family Fund: a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation
The Myer Foundation & Sidney Myer Fund
The Pratt Family and The Pratt Foundation

Government Project Partners

Federal  
Australia Council for the Arts (Creative Australia as of 24 August 2023) 
Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
Department of Industry, Science, and Resources (Australian Heritage Grants) 

State
Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions – Creative Victoria and Jobs Victoria Fund 

Local
City of Yarra

Corporate Partners

Allens Linklaters
dbg Projects 
Ellis Jones
Williams Boag Architects

Corporate Supporters

Colour Factory
Inspired Printing
MAV
Zilla & Brook

Bequest

Final bequest payment from the late Janette Norma Tourrier paid through State Trustees.

Foundational Supporters

The Abbotsford Convent Foundation sincerely thanks the following individuals, corporate organisations and Trusts & Foundations for their generous support and commitment to the initial restoration work at the Abbotsford Convent once the site was saved in 2004. In particular, the community will be forever grateful to the Abbotsford Convent Coalition – the original passionate group of local residents who fought the seven-year community campaign to save the Convent site from residential development.

Abbotsford Convent Coalition
Anne Kantor AO
The Dara Foundation
Roger Allen AM
Joanna Baevski
John Calvert-Jones AM & Mrs Janet Calvert-Jones AO
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE
Lady Southey
Victor Spitzer
Allens
Australand
Clemenger BBDO
Colliers International
Connell Wagner
Herbert Smith Freehills
Federal Green Corps Program
John Glossop
North Fitzroy Star
Rider Hunt
Simmonds Lumber Group
Sinclair Knight Mertz
Department of Treasury and Finance,
Community Support Fund
The Jack Brockhoff Foundation
The William Buckland Foundation
Colonial Foundation
Dyson Bequest
The Alfred Felton Bequest
Fouress Foundation
Margaret Lawrence Bequest –
as managed by Perpetual
Helen Macpherson Smith Trust
The Scobie & Claire Mackinnon Trust
The Myer Foundation
Sidney Myer Fund (as part of the 2009 Commemorative Grants Program)
The John T Reid Charitable Trusts
The Trust Company as trustee of the Fred P Archer Charitable Fund

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