The australiana fund was established in 1978 to raise funds to acquire and preserve a permanent collection of art works that are australian by origin or by association these australian artistic and historical works are acquired to furnish the residences occupied by the governor general and the prime minister. Collecting for the nation the australiana fund is a tribute to a vision as well as a wonderful and accessible documentation of pieces which may be considered as ranging from the sublime to the magnificent but all most definitely australian as is introduced by a loveable pair of sulphur crested cockatoos created by minton 1860 british . From ceramic cockatoos and hand painted china to splendid silverware and historic paintings collecting for the nation illustrates a broad sweep of australian history and culture through the stories of the artworks in the australiana funds unique collection. About the australiana fund collecting for the nation the australiana fund the australiana fund is an independent fundraising organisation with a membership of like minded phi. Collecting for the nation the australiana fund edited by jennifer sanders newsouth books there was not even a salad bowl of gough whitlams said tamie fraser in 1976 wife of then prime minister malcolm fraser on the vacancy of the official residencies in canberra and sydney
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