The residential architecture of Australia has a long and interesting history dating back to the Old Colonial Period beginning in 1788. Residential architecture in Australia has always had close ties to the architecture of Britain and other European countries, but it has developed into a style that is uniquely its own. Although several groups in the country, such as the Historic Houses Trust, fight to preserve old homes in Australia, many still stand and are in excellent condition due only to the efforts of private citizens and the homes’ owners. The restoration of Australia’s old homes has recently become more popular than ever, not only as a trend, but as a matter of national pride.