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National Trust of South Australia

The National Trust of South Australia is a community-based, non-government organisation, committed to promoting and conserving South Australia’s indigenous, natural, built and cultural heritage through custodianship of heritage places and objects, and through advocacy.

The ‘National Trust of South Australia Act 1955 – 1975’ section 5 states that:

The National Trust is established for the purposes of promoting:


(a) the preservation and maintenance for the benefit of the people of South Australia of lands and buildings of beauty or historic, scientific, artistic, or architectural interest and, as regards lands, the preservation [so far as practicable] of their natural aspect features and animal and plant life;

(b) the protection and augmentation of the amenities of such lands and buildings and their surroundings;

(c) the preservation of furniture and pictures and chattels of national, historic, artistic or scientific interest;

(d) the access to and enjoyment of such lands, buildings, and chattels by the public.

The symbol of the National Trust of Australia is a trio of gum leaves with two gumnuts. The leaves are, in order of growth, an old leaf with a broken edge, which represents the past, a mature full leaf representing the present and a smaller young leaf representing the future, as viewed through the square window of a heritage building.


The symbol represents Australia’s heritage yesterday, today and tomorrow.

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