Celebrating more than 140 years of generosity

October 14 / 146

The University’s most significant benefactors have been permanently recognised in a new honour wall located in the heart of the Parkville campus.

The wall, officially unveiled yesterday in the Old Quadrangle, includes the names of 62 donors who have collectively given hundreds of millions of dollars to the University since its early days.

Vice-Principal (Advancement) Sue Cunningham said these gifts have had a profound impact.

“From this generosity we’ve seen transformative impact across the University, from the development of the University’s library, endowed Professorial Chairs, a new biochemistry school, a physical education centre, the creation of iconic buildings such as Wilson Hall, and much, much more,” she said.

“Having a permanent symbol of the University’s gratitude on campus is our way of honouring these esteemed benefactors. Their support has been crucial in elevating the University’s status as a forward-thinking and leading institution. 

“I look forward to seeing the list of names increase over the coming years as we recognise and celebrate new donors who choose to invest in Australia’s leading University.”

Featured on the wall is donor Pamela Galli, who has donated $10m to the University to establish two Chairs: the Lorenzo Galli Chair in Melanoma and Skin Cancers and the Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Chair in Developmental Medicine. Collectively, these gifts represent one of the largest ever donations made by an individual donor to the University. 

World-leading clinician and researcher Professor Grant McArthur has recently been appointed the inaugural Lorenzo Galli Chair in Melanoma and Skin Cancers.

He said more research, better treatments and better education programs are needed to fight these diseases.

“This gift from Mrs Galli will add significantly to our capacity to improve outcomes for patients,” Professor McArthur said.

The honour wall reinforces the importance of philanthropy at the University. Currently, more than $340m has been raised through Believe – the Campaign for the University of Melbourne which has the goal of securing $500m by 2017 to advance the University’s teaching and learning, research and engagement aims.

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