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

 For over 170 years St John’s parishioners and others have had the privilege of preserving the fabric and furnishings of the heritage church (1841), churchyard, schoolhouse and 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. From July to October 2019 the 1960 asbestos roof tiles on the church were replaced with Welsh slate costing nearly $400,000. Further conservation work is beyond the capacity of the congregation at this time. 

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 2020 Heritage Appeal

Dear Friends

In 2019, the Heritage Fund was able to contribute over $133,000 towards the cost of replacing the asbestos roof tiles on St John’s Church with Welsh slate. Without your generous support this project could not have been achieved.

Over recent weeks we have seen unimaginable changes in our community because of coronavirus — social distancing, isolation, the closure of worship and many businesses, queues outside Centrelink offices, etc.

The pandemic is seriously affecting the day-to-day operations of our St John’s community, including a dramatic fall in income. A full account of the parish’s financial situation can be found here...

This year, we are asking our supporters to consider two options:

  1.  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: 05202626 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.


 2.  Make a donation to St John’s Parish to help provide for salaries and pay its bills in this unprecedented time – donations to the parish are not tax-deductible.


  • Electronic funds transfer to St John the Baptist Reid: BSB: 702 389 Account number: 05209450


  • Post a cheque payable to St John’s Church Canberra to GPO Box 219, Canberra, 2601.

We thank all those who have supported the Parish and the Heritage Fund in past years and hope you are able to help us through these difficult times.


April 2020                                                                                                                              

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...



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