Theatre Heritage Australia

We’re losing our rich theatre history! You can help! By making a tax deductible donation you can make a difference to preserving our theatre history for the generations to come.

Our goal in 2024 is to raise $20,000 to continue our important work digitising and publishing historic ephemera, photographic, film and manuscript material relating to the history of Australian theatre.

Theatre Heritage Australia (founded in 1995 as Victoria Theatres Trust) is a volunteer-run charity which promotes and encourages study and research into Australia’s theatre history; preservation, renovation and use of Australia’s theatres; and identification, documentation and preservation of items relating to Australia’s theatre history.

THA regularly holds free public events in Melbourne and Sydney, publishes original research to our website, and maintains a significant repository of digital material, free for research and educational use by academics, historians and the general public.

In recent years, THA has undertaken a number of major digitisation projects, including the JCW Scene Books , The Riley/Hailes Scrapbook and The Falk Album  . Help us continue this important work by making a donation.

Please note: All donations over $2 are tax deductible. See below for ways to donate, or contact us to discuss other donation options.

Current and recent digitisation projects

The Falk Album

The Falk Album

The Falk Album contains some 1600 photos of some of the most famous artists and performers of the 1890s, taken by pioneer of Australian photography, H. Walter Barnett.

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Australian Theatre Programs

Australian Theatre Programs

This ongoing digitisation project has already digitised more than five hundred theatre programs, some dating back to the early 1900s. But there are plenty more to go!

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The Theatre Magazine

The Theatre Magazine

The Theatre Magazine was a major trade magazine active during the first part of the 2oth century. These magazines contain a great deal of commentary, opinion and reporting on the theatre industry of the day.

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JCW Scene Books

JCW Scene Books

These ten digitised scene books provide a rare account of over 440 theatrical productions staged in Australia between the 1890s and 1930s.

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Nellie Barnes Scrapbook

Nellie Barnes Scrapbook

Nellie Barnes was an Australian actress who performed regularly in JCW productions during the 1930s. This collection comprises a scrapbook and assorted photos, scripts, programs, press clippings and posters.

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THA gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions of our wonderful supporters.


Sally Bell, Laurence Gellon, Charles Henry Tegner, Chloe Flutter

Dress Circle

Tony Sheldon, Frank Van Straten, Adrian Turley, Sue-Anne Wallace, Kate Halff


Leslie Cartwright, John Coyne, David Cunnington, Kim Durban, Jo Edwards, Deborah Fabbro, Robert Ferris, Sally Jackson, Peter Khoury, Elisabeth Kumm, Roger Neill, Terry Sawyer, Rohan Shearn, John Bernard Swanson, David Williams, Barbara Williamson, Cathie Wills, Renn Wortly, Brett Johnson, Stephen Saywell, Tanya Leach, Angela Hannan, Jacques Forster, Sawako Matsuo


Fundraising Policies

Theatre Heritage Australia adheres to ethical fundraising practices. You can view our Fundraising Policies below:

Fundraising Policy (pdf file, 45KB)
Ethical Fundraising Policy (pdf file, 48KB)

About THA

Theatre Heritage Australia Inc. was established in 1995 to foster knowledge and research into the history of Australian theatre. THA publishes original articles and books, holds regular events and undertakes a range of special projects with the aim of promoting and encouraging greater understanding of Australia’s rich performing arts history. Learn more

4 ways to donate
Ways to donate
EFT/Bank transfer

Theatre Heritage Australia Public Fund
BSB: 033-009
Account: 772 374

Note: For EFT/Bank transfers, please include your full name and 'THA Donation' in the description, and email details of your donation to [email protected]. A receipt will be issued in your name.


Cheques can be made payable to:
Theatre Heritage Australia Public Fund
29 Northumberland Street
Collingwood, Vic 3066


Another way of helping is to consider leaving a bequest to us in your will by creating a codicil for a set amount. This can easily be done by using this form


Make one-off donations or regular contributions via GiveNow

Please note: Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Get in touch

Feel free to contact us if you wish to discuss other donation options.