The Benefactor Wall
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.
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:
Benefactor Wall Ceremonies
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.
Wednesday 2 September 2015
Wednesday 30 March 2016
Life 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.
Frontier 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.
Innovator 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.”