National Trust - St John's Church Heritage Conservation Appeal Fund

For over 175 years St John’s parishioners and others have had the privilege of preserving the fabric and furnishings of the heritage church (1845), the churchyard, the schoolhouse and the surrounding landscape for future generations.

Since the church's listing on the ACT Heritage Register in 2004 significant work has been undertaken on the foundations, water management, lighting, stained glass windows, replacing crumbling stonework and general maintenance. In 2019, the old and potentially hazardous asbestos cement church roof tiles were replaced with Welsh slate. Without generous financial support from the parish and friends, the successful completion of this project would not have been possible. Several years before, the lychgates on the western and eastern sides of the churchyard were restored.


We invite donors who have benefited from the foresight and selfless dedication of others to continue the conservation of the church and its precinct. This will enable it to remain a vibrant and active centre for worship and community and will allow future generations to engage with Canberra’s continuing history.

Tax-deductible donations are welcome through the National Trust–St John’s Church Heritage Conservation Appeal Fund. The Fund is administered by honorary trustees and no funds can be spent on the normal running costs of the parish.

Please support our 2021 Heritage Appeal

Dear Friends

Donations to the Rectory project are tax-deductible and can be made in the usual way to the National Trust-St John’s Church Heritage Conservation Appeal Fund via:

 Make a tax-deductible donation in the usual way to the National Trust - St John’s Church Heritage   Conservation Appeal Fund via:


  • The parish’s website – Click on the  ‘DONATE ONLINE HERE NOW’ button above, then choose the amount you wish to donate. Your tax-deductible receipt will be sent immediately to your email address.


  • Electronic funds transfer to the Heritage Fund’s AIDF bank account:
    BSB: 702 389 Account number: 0520 2626  and then email so that we can send you a
    tax-deductible receipt.


  • Post a cheque payable to the National Trust - St John’s Church Heritage Conservation Appeal Fund to GPO Box 219, Canberra, 2601. If you are donating this way, we encourage you to indicate a preference for ‘General Funds’ in the tear-off portion of the Heritage Fund brochure. This will allow the Fund’s trustees to direct your donation to the Rectory project. To save on postage we are asking donors to provide their email addresses for the purpose of sending out receipts. Please write your email address along the side of the tear-off slip in the space provided.

We thank all those who have supported the Parish and the Heritage Fund in past years. St John’s is part of the spiritual heart and life of our nation’s capital, and any support you are able to offer towards the conservation of our historic precinct is greatly appreciated.


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In 1960 asbestos tiles replaced deteriorated timber shingles on the St John's roof. From July to October 2019 the asbestos tiles were replaced with Welsh slate costing nearly $400,000. We give thanks for all those who have generously contributed to the new roof.  MORE...