Membership benefits:

  • discounted entry to MCH public events
  • attendance at special events for members
  • use of the house library by arrangement
  • advance notice of MCH activities via our email notifications
  • the right to stand for election to, and/or vote for, the management committee.

You’ll enjoy the informal discussions that take place before events as much as the discussions etc. themselves, and we will value your contribution.

You can become a member of MCH in one of two ways:

  1. Online through

This is the easiest way for you and for us if you are paying fees by credit card.  Click Here


  1. Complete and return membership form (below)

Download and complete the membership form from the link below and either (a) email it to, or (b) post it to The Treasurer, Manning Clark House, PO Box 3096, Manuka ACT 2603.  Please mark your email or envelope “Membership”.

If you have any queries or suggestions about the organisation or activities of Manning Clark House, please email us at, or ring us on 02 6295 9433 between 12 noon and 4 pm on Mondays (except public holidays).

New Membership Form 2020


Manning Clark House Inc (MCH) is heavily reliant on the contributions of volunteers, who may be members of the association or other community members. If you have a special skill you are willing to share with the MCH community, please contact us by email or phone (see below).

There is a wide range of activities in which we need assistance, and these change from time to time.  One significant area for volunteering is in the area of opening the house to the public for inspection, answering of telephone calls etc, and carrying out minor administrative duties.  At this stage, the house is only open from 12 noon to 4 pm on Mondays other than public holidays, but we hope to extend the hours in the future.

We also hope to begin to offer guided tours of the house at times to be arranged, which could require several trained guides at a time for large tours.  We need a number of volunteers for that work who can be trained to undertake to show people around and answer questions.

One of the most pressing needs we have at present is for assistance with the presentation of events, including helping setting up the house for events, front of house activities at events such as checking names on the list of bookings or receiving payments at the door, signing up new members, and looking after visiting speakers. We are also keen for assistance with our new AV equipment.

Another important project is assisting with gardening, including the revival of Dymphna Clark’s kitchen garden (in a different format) for which we have a small ACT Government grant to provide a community amenity.

Another area where volunteers are vital is serving as elected management committee members, or participating in a number of subcommittees each led by a member of the committee.  The present subcommittees are:  Planning; Financial; Administration (including house refurbishment, volunteers, house bookings, garden, and membership administration); Communications (including marketing); Events (including planning and management).

If you have skills that could help in either of these ways, please email us, contact us via Twitter or Facebook, or leave a message on 6295 9433 and we will get back to you.

There are many advantages to volunteering: meeting interesting and like-minded people, making contributions to communities you value, using skills that you might not otherwise use, as well as being appreciated by small organisations like ours.

All our volunteers get free entry to all events they have helped with, even if they’re not volunteering on the day.

Manning Clark House deeply appreciates all help, no matter how small. Get in touch with us to see how you can make a difference.

Email   or phone (02) 6295 9433.

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