The Australiana Society encourages the research, collection and preservation of Australiana, items of portable heritage relating to or made in Australia.
'Australiana' means items of decorative arts and historic interest originating in or relating to Australia, e.g. books, paintings, prints, photographs, furniture, ephemera, ceramics, silver, jewellery, glass and other artefacts.
The Australiana Society Inc. was founded in 1978 to encourage interest, collecting, preservation and research of Australiana. In 2018 we celebrated 40 years as a forum for collectors, dealers, researchers and connoisseurs sharing our commitment to preserving Australia’s past.
Members include all of Australia’s major federal and state public libraries, museums and art galleries and as well as most serious private collectors.
An annual dinner and lecture is held at the beginning of the year and excursions to exhibitions and public or private collections take place during each year. In 2019, we celebrated the end of our 40th year by holding a special three day symposium Made in Australia on Australiana and Australian decorative arts at the State Library of NSW.
The Australiana Society Inc is an incorporated body (no. Y0048938) under the Associations Incorporation Act 1984 (NSW) and its activities are governed by a Constitution (copies available on request). Our annual accounts are submitted to the Department of Fair Trading. Members liability is limited to their subscription.
The Australiana Society is listed on the Australian Government's Register of Cultural Organisations as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and donations to the Society are tax-deductible. The Australian Taxation Office recognises the Society as a tax-exempt charity.
The Australiana Society is an independent association. For information on the completely separate company The Australiana Fund, which furnishes Government properties, visit The Australiana Fund.