National Trust of Australia

The South Australian branch of the National Trust was formed in 1955 to protect and conserve natural and built places of heritage significance. Inspired by the English organisation of the same name, catalyst for the Trust’s formation was Premier Sir Thomas Playford’s decision to overturn a decision to proclaim a large part of the Younghusband Peninsula a bird sanctuary. The National Trust of South Australia relies on donations, grants and private sponsorship. Through volunteers, it manages historic properties and precincts, including the Cape Jaffa Lighthouse, Capri Theatre, Gawler Town Hall, and 28 natural heritage reserves.