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The University of Western Australia was founded on the bold vision and generosity of Sir John Winthrop Hackett more than 100 years ago. Since then, many individuals and organisations have followed in his footsteps, all playing a crucial role in shaping UWA into the world-class institution it is today.

By investing in UWA, our benefactors have supported more than 100,000 graduates to believe in themselves and go out into local and global communities as leaders of positive change. They have fuelled the drive and imagination of thousands of researchers and made UWA’s continued success possible. Their stories are inspiring and heart-warming.

In celebration of the outstanding contribution of the University’s significant donors, UWA launched its Benefactor Wall in 2015, located opposite the entrance to Winthrop Hall and under the arches of the Vice-Chancellery.

Major Benefactors of the University

The University of Western Australia acknowledges the generosity of the following significant donors on the Benefactor Wall:

  • Sir John Winthrop Hackett
    Robert Gledden
    Athelstan Saw
    Carnegie Corporation
    David Bunny
    James and Ellen Withnell
    Commonwealth Bank of Australia
    Hubert and Frances Whitfeld
    Mary Raine
    Wellcome Trust
    Cuming Smith and Mount Lyell Farmers Fertilisers
    William McGillivray
    Nuffield Foundation
    Frederick Hadley
    Ernest and Evelyn Havill Shacklock
    Grain Pool of WA
    Sir Edward and Lady Beatrice Lefroy
    Western Mining Corporation
    Muscular Dystrophy Research Association of WA
    Sir Thomas Wardle
    Paul Sobotka
    George Milne
    Frieda Neumann
    Alvina King
    William Craig
    Ted Rischbieth
    Albert Gild
    Joe and Rose Skinner
    Ada Bartholomew
    Sir Anthony and Lady Callista Lefroy
    Eileen Joyce
    William Nelson
    Patrick Healy
    Edith Gordon
    Vermilion Oil and Gas Australia Pty Ltd
    Mr Gordon McLaren
    National Geographic Society
    Diabetes Research WA
  • Lancelot Prior
    Lions Save-Sight Foundation WA
    Julian and Irena Alter
    Geoffrey Robinson
    Westpac Banking Corporation
    Lawrence Wilson
    Wanda and Zygmunt Horawicz
    Lord Alistair McAlpine
    Sigurd Ohman
    Robert and Janet Holmes à Court
    Edith Tattersall
    Sir Eric Smart
    AMP Society
    Albert Maller
    Christopher Vargovic
    Variety – the Children’s Charity of WA
    Jean Rogerson
    Ronald and Catherine Berndt
    Frank Gamblen
    North West Shelf Venture
    The Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation
    Cassamarca Foundation
    Cancer Council WA
    Harold Schenberg
    Haruhisa Handa
    John Matthews
    James Trevelyan and Samina Yasmeen
    James and Terri Zadko Family
    Arthur Finn
    Leah Cohen
    John Harriott
    Margaret Loman-Hall
    Brettney and Annie Fogarty, Fogarty Foundation
    Snowdome Foundation
    The Royal Society of Western Australia
    The Van Der Walt Family
    Gregory and Nicolet King
  • Sir James and Lady Sheila Cruthers
    Brightspark Foundation
    Jean Kahan
    Alcoa of Australia
    Eileen Jenkins
    David Newby
    The University Club
    Harold and Margaret Clough
    BHP Billiton
    Chevron Australia
    Edith Cockell
    John Elsey
    Muriel Horsfall
    Charles Morgan
    William and Marlene Schrader Trust
    John Jackson
    Monadelphous Group
    Lloyd’s Register Foundation
    Goodeve Foundation
    Marjorie Le Souef
    Robert Telford
    Michael Chaney
    Kimberley Foundation Australia
    Jack and Eleanor Bendat, Bendat Family Foundation
    Rio Tinto
    Channel 7 Telethon Trust
    Jim Buckee
    Committee for Perth
    Jean Callander
    Joyce Chapple
    Reta Thornton
    Andrew and Nicola Forrest, Minderoo Foundation
    Gregory Poche and Kay van Norton Poche
    Shell Australia
    Dr Boon Tock Lim and Family
    Mrs Patricia Farrant AM
    Australian Rotary Health
    Lions Eye Institute
  • Royal Perth Hospital Medical Research Foundation
    JDRF Australia
    Jack Tiddy
    Mary Dillon
    Mannkal Economic Education Foundation
    Malcolm, Carolyn and Tonya McCusker, McCusker Charitable Foundation
    Iluka Resources
    Ernst and Young
    UWA Centenary Trust for Women
    UWA Geoscience Foundation
    Teach Green Charitable Foundation
    Trevor and Judy Eastwood
    Ron and Lynette Kinnersly
    Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation
    Frankie Jessie Embleton Treatt
    Alcoa Foundation
    The McNamara Family
    Glen Robertson
    Women and Infants Research Foundation
    The Law Society of WA
    Mitsubishi Development
    Verna Rowbotham
    Arthritis and Osteoporosis WA
    Korea Foundation
    Harry Leaver
    National Breast Cancer Foundation
    Heart Foundation WA
    The Packard Humanities Institute
    Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Perth Children's Hospital Foundation
    Fiona Wood Foundation
    Adrian and Michela Fini
    Clinipath Pathology
    David and Coral Mack
    Stan and Jean Perron
    Cancer Research Trust
    Jock Clough Marine Foundation
    Dick and Pip Smith Foundation
    Margaret McPhee
    Friends of Breast Cancer Research
    Spinnaker Health Research Foundation
    Rose Marie and Robert Vojakovic, Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia
    Ron and Peggy Bell Family Legacy
    Bruce and Betty Green
    Bankwest Foundation
    Giumelli Family Foundation
    Peter Harrison
    John Drabble
    St Catherine's College
    Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation
    George Roy Haslam (Mick) Wright
    Muscular Dystrophy Association of America
    Leon and Merab Tauman
    Ian Potter Foundation
    Beyond Blue
    Australian Cancer Research Foundation
    Colin Eldridge
    John Rodgers
    Dr Albert Arcus
    Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
    Virtue Australia Foundation
    Peter Djura
    Merle Smith (Dunlop)
    Gordon Dunlop

Benefactor Wall Celebrations

Thursday 27 April 2023

Our most recent celebration welcomed over a dozen supporters to the benefactor wall, commemorating their gift for generations to come. With just under 200 individuals and organizations, the celebration was a warm reminder of the generosity of our community, and its continual support in advancing tertiary education and research at UWA.

Tuesday 12 September 2017

Wednesday 30 March 2016

Wednesday 6 May 2015

The Launch of UWA's Benefactor Wall

On Wednesday 6 May 2015, The University of Western Australia held a commemorative event to acknowledge the foresight and remarkable support of the University’s significant donors.

Benefactor Stories

Mr Bob TelfordLife rich in opportunities founded on UWA education

In 2012 Bob Telford left in excess of $6 million to his beloved university.

Bob’s final gift to UWA was a true recognition of the life of opportunities that came from his UWA degree, and his bequest will have a significant impact on the establishment of EZONE UWA.

Through the generosity of people like Bob Telford, EZONE UWA will allow the engineers of tomorrow to study and work with the best minds from other disciplines to develop ways of managing precious resources, curing disease and building liveable cities.

“He had an appreciation of where he came from. He also had an appreciation of the education he received, but more so of the times he spent at UWA,” says Linton Lethlean, executor of Bob’s estate.

Bob had a passion for travel and he was keen to help others. During his lifetime, the engineer paid for the schooling of his friends’ children to give them a solid foundation in life.

Bob’s engineering studies were cut short by the outbreak of World War II and he only completed his degree at UWA after the war had ended, graduating in 1947. In leaving a bequest to his university, Bob’s visionary support will provide the leaders of tomorrow the opportunity to flourish with a UWA engineering education, just as he did.

UWA is pleased to honour Mr Bob Telford’s generosity by listing him on the Benefactor Wall.

The Zadko TelescopeFrontier space research supported by donors

James Zadko is known for his exploratory nature, having spent the majority of his adult life in the oil and gas industry around the globe. His passion for exploration, however, extends far beyond our planetary boundaries.

“Growing up in Canada, we had a lot of time to look at the night sky with no city lights. We grew up with the Gemini and Apollo projects which we watched circle the Earth over the years. I was hooked from as early as I can recall,” says James.

When the petroleum engineering expert heard about UWA’s study of the transient universe, uncharted skies and the tracking of hazardous asteroids, he was keen to become involved.

Through the Zadko family’s generous donation, UWA was able to purchase the Zadko Telescope, the largest of its kind in Western Australia when it was installed at a purpose-built facility in Gingin in 2008.

“The Zadko Telescope has provided a unique and valuable resource for local and international student training in research. The facility has become recognised internationally for its contribution to frontier research projects in space science and astronomy,” says Associate Professor David Coward, who leads the Zadko project.

UWA is pleased to be able to honour the Zadko family’s commitment to space exploration on the Benefactor Wall.

Dr Leonie ValentineInnovator supports life-changing research

“Jack wasn’t fortunate enough to attend university, but he was a skilled, self-taught engineer and designer with an agile brain,” says Max Slater of his cousin, Jack Tiddy.

A health inspector for his local council, Jack loved the land and followed in his pioneering family’s footsteps as a farm owner. He also loved the water and would swim for hours at his local beach.

Jack chose to invest in combatting diseases that impacted those he was close to: Jack’s wife, Doreen, lost her battle with cancer and her brother died of kidney disease.

Because of his love of learning, UWA was the beneficiary of Jack’s generosity. But it is people like cancer patient, Dr Leonie Valentine, whose lives really changed through Jack’s foresight.

“When somebody tells you that you have cancer, your whole life changes. I feel incredibly lucky that I’m being treated with some of the best medicine that we have, it’s at the cutting edge of medical research.

“At UWA, they’re looking at the next steps of the treatments so some I’m getting are still being trialled, but they will become standard practice. You only get that from people actively involved in research.” says Leonie.

Max and his wife, Barbara, are pleased that Jack will be recognised for his contribution to UWA through the Benefactor Wall.

“We know he would not have sought recognition for his gift, but we are proud to see it used to advance the tertiary education of future generations.”