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September 25, 2021

You will be aware that the State Government wants to take the stewardship of our iconic and historic Ayers House from the National Trust of SA, after 50 years of protecting and caring for it. 

It plans to convert the state heritage interior to accommodate offices and other administrative and social functions of a Government Agency, the History Trust of SA.

This is an unprecedented brutal, unprovoked and irresponsible attack by a Government on a major Charitable Organisation.

It would mean the disruption of the cultural significance and heritage fabric of the House.  This must not be allowed to happen.

There are several other appropriate and prestigious venues on North Terrace to accommodate the History Trust with its administrative and educational functions.

Whilst the planned eviction of the National Trust is imminent and the threatened takeover is real and ominous,  Ayers House must be preserved intact as a key symbol of our commitment to heritage in this State.

Already, as a consequence of the Government’s eviction notice, the National Trust  has been forced to close the Ayers House museum.  This is the last weekend that the museum will be open to the public.

It is understandable and appropriate, therefore, that the National Trust should take legal action to prevent further erosion of the heritage and tourism status of Ayers House and to ensure its accessibility to the people of SA and beyond.

As a not-for- profit charitable body the National Trust has to be prudent and circumspect in diverting funding away from its core responsibility to identify, restore and maintain the history and heritage of our State.

The Protect our Heritage Alliance urges you to assist the Trust in mounting legal action against the unprincipled move by the Government to evict it from Ayers House.

You can do this by contributing to a fighting fund at My Cause.

No donation is too small.

Thank you for your interest and support.

Yours sincerely

Warren Jones AO

Convenor of the Protect our Heritage Alliance

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