MAJOR GIFTS AND BEQUESTS

  • Thanks to a gift received in 2014 from Mr John Crone, Dr Sophie Loy-Wilson has been able to travel to Shanghai to progress her fascinating research by exploring the private archives of Chinese-Australian socialite Daisy Kwok.
  • Frances Merenda dedicated her life to migrant welfare. At the beginning of 2009 she established the Merenda Scholarships to promote the study of Italian languages and culture, by giving students the opportunity to travel to Italy to pursue further study or research.
  • Notable graduate and arts philanthropist Mr Kenneth Reed, AM, BA ’57, LLB ’60 has, in 2013, demonstrated his profound love and admiration for the humanities by donating $500,000 to establish a PhD research scholarship in English. This award will operate in perpetuity – as will a fund valued at $4 million, which he has bequeathed to the Faculty, to support fellowships in English. Mr Reed’s generous gift extends yet further, to encompass valuable and rare Dutch paintings, and a $1 million art conservation fund.
  • In 2012, the Pratt Foundation made a generous gift in order to secure the future of our Refugee Language Program for the next 3 years. Read more about this important and timely donation here and how it came about, thanks to the financial lifeline provided by a private donor, here.
  • Significant ongoing support and leadership from Mr John Whitehouse, LLB ’77, BA ’81 has made possible the establishment of an exciting new Ancient North African & Phoenician Diaspora Research Network.
  • The Faculty is proud and grateful to report that it has been included in the estates of several alumni and friends. Mr John Gilbert, a loyal supporter of archaeology, cultural programs and the Fisher Library, bequeathed an extraordinarily generous $1.8M for scholarships and grants for undergraduate and postgraduate students. This endowed gift also provides financial assistance for travel including visits to libraries and archives, critical as students hone their research and scholarship. Ms Eulalia Hsu bequeathed over $100,000 to establish The Raymond Hsu Scholarship, providing support for postgraduate research in Chinese studies, literature and linguistics. Most spectacularly, alumna Miss Janet Hine, BA ’47, gifted $4M for the University. Her legacy will be used to establish a Chair in the Faculty in a relevant area of the humanities and social sciences for the new Charles Perkins Centre, which has been created to help tackle the challenges of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in new and radically cross-disciplinary ways. We know that obesity and diabetes, for example, are as much cultural and political challenges as they are biomedical ones. Read more about Miss Hine’s extraordinary generosity in this Challis Bequest Society article.
  • In 2011, Tom Austen Brown’s generous lifetime gifts culminated in his visionary bequest creating The Tom Austen Brown Fund For Pre-History, valued at close to $9 million. At a time when the Faculty is receiving more gifts than ever before, from those who strongly appreciate the value and impact of its academic programs, it is hugely encouraging when especially farsighted donors decide to provide transformational support through a bequest.