Henkell Family Fund


Abbotsford Convent

The Abbotsford Convent is an extraordinary place and is an important arts, learning and cultural precinct in Melbourne. Just 4 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD, its 11 historic buildings, gardens and car park are spread over 6.8 hectares in a sweeping bend in the Yarra River and are surrounded by the Collingwood Children’s Farm and Yarra Bend Park.

It is an invaluable resource for the arts community, for training and education, employment, an incubator for creativity and the sharing of ideas, a place for community participation and enjoyment.

There are artist studios and creative spaces for writers and designers, spaces for arts organisations, spaces for rehearsal and development, indoor and outdoor function spaces, a school, a radio station,  a bakery, cafes, restaurants, bars and there’s more to come.

The Abbotsford Convent Foundation is evolving at a rate that has surpassed even the most optimistic predictions. The site is testament to the vision and faith that inspired the community campaign in the early days, and to the ongoing support that sees it go from strength to strength today. The Foundation is grateful to those who have contributed in the past, and appreciates those who continue their involvement. See below for a list of Abbotsford Convent supporters.

Cultural Support

Abbotsford Convent
Australian Bach Society
Australian International Opera Awards
Australian National Academy Of Music
Australian Youth Orchestra
Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust
Lieder Society of Victoria
Lyric Opera
Melbourne Bach Choir
Melbourne Opera Company
Melbourne Recital Centre
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Mietta Song Award
More Than Opera Ltd.
MTO German-Australian Opera Grant
Opera Australia
Opera Foundation Australia
Opera Scholars Australia
Opera Studio Melbourne
Opera Society
Orchestra Victoria
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic
The Arts Centre
The Wagner Society
Victorian Opera
3MBS (Classic Radio)

German Australian Community Support

Deutsche Schule Melbourne
German-Australian Welfare Society
German Lutheran Trinity Church

Hardship Relief

CanTeen (Supporting Young People Living with Cancer)
Martin Luther Homes (Aged Care)
Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne
Tabulam & Templer Homes (Aged Care)
The Lost Dogs' Home
Very Special Kids