William Berry and Barbara Funder
Postgraduate College Trust
Mr William (Bill) Berry (12/5/1920-2/9/1999), was Secretary of The Graduate Union from 1948 to 1984. One of Bill’s early and prime goals in this position was to form a college where post-graduate scholars could live permanently and close to their university.
Gladstone Terrace was purchased in 1957, marking 2017 the Diamond Jubilee of Graduate House, which was officially opened on 13 July 1962. Bill was appointed First Secretary Warden of the college, initially housing just seven postgraduate scholars from various countries.
The terrace section of the college has been named the William Berry Wing in honour of Bill’s remarkable commitment to the Graduate Union and Graduate House. Nowadays these terraces consist of 45 residential rooms, as well as numerous Members areas including the MV Anderson room, the Johnston Library, a resident’s kitchen and a games room.
After his retirement, William Berry founded Past Graduates and Post Graduate Incorporated which in 1993 became the trustee of the Post-Graduate College Trust the purpose of which was to raise funds to support the upkeep, refurbishment and maintenance of Graduate House.
After Bill’s death in September 1999, the Post-Graduate College Trust became known as the William Berry Post Graduate College Trust in recognition of his service to the Trust.
In 2004, William Berry’s long standing Assistant Secretary-Warden Miss Barbara Funder and Mrs Heather Kudevitta were appointed Trustees of the William Berry Post Graduate College Trust.
After the passing of the Graduate Unions beloved Barbara Funder in September 2016, The Graduate Union Council resolved to change the name of the Trust from The William Berry Post-Graduate College Trust, to the William Berry and Barbara Funder Postgraduate College Trust. This name change reflects decades of enduring team work undertaken by Bill and Barbara to advance The Graduate Union and the University of Melbourne’s first and only post-graduate only college.
The Graduate Union of the University of Melbourne Inc is the current trustee of the William Berry and Barbara Funder Postgraduate College Trust.