Category: Bequests / gifts

University Images, mid-1950s

The following are images taken from a booklet published by the University in 1955. Its purpose was to encourage donations during a period of serious overcrowding, the result of the post-War influx of students. The point was well made with this shot of the notoriously crowded Mayo Refectory:
The booklet gave a potted history of the […]

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More on Percy Grainger and the University

We’ve had some interesting feedback on the recent Percy Grainger/Rose Grainger Orchestral Fund blog post. Elder Professor of Music Charles Bodman Rae let us know that the Rose Grainger Orchestral Fund, established by Percy Grainger in his mother’s name in 1926, is very much a going concern. The Fund’s capital had become quite depleted but […]

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Percy Grainger and Adelaide

The Archives recently came across several letters from the innovative Australian pianist and composer Percy Grainger to Elder Conservatorium Director and Professor of Music E. Harold Davies.
The first dates from early November 1926, a letter Grainger wrote to Professor Davies from his aunt’s house in the Adelaide suburb of Kensington. In it he sets out […]

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Who Was W.W. Hughes?

A friend recently sent a picture of this plaque from the front of Walter Watson Hughes’ family home in the town of Pittenween, a fishing village on the east coast of Scotland:

W. W. Hughes is rightly regarded as the figure that provided the financial impetus behind that flurry of activity that led to the formal […]

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Historic Land Titles Returned to the University Archives

In 2009, the University announced the sale of the Munduney and Moralana properties that had been bequeathed to it in 1968 by pastoralist, John Stanley Davies. Upon sale, the Certificates of Title for the properties were released for processing by the National Australia Bank. The eight titles, dating from 1910 to 1950, have now been […]

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