Annual Appeal

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today – Malcolm X

2017 Annual Appeal

Our 2017 Annual Appeal will invite Members to donate towards refurbishment of the foyer, dining room and Phillip Law Members Lounge. Your donations will provide for re-carpeting and the replacement of couches and tub chairs in this central and vibrant meeting and socialising space.

We acknowledge our donors. Those who contribute to our Annual Appeals are recognised at our annual invitation-only Thank you day to Founders and Benefactors.

More on this year’s Annual Appeal coming soon!


The Graduate Union derives its current vigour from the service and generosity of our many Members since our foundation in 1911. Because of this we have now:

  • buildings and facilities where graduates of all ages, disciplines, life stages and cultures come to live, learn and meet;
  • an active international collegium of Members;
  • the place where thousands meet each year for academia, research and social good.

We have a range of pathways available for donors to direct funds according to a specific purpose, such as:

The Buildings – upkeep and additions to The William Berry Wing, The Main Building or The Stella Langford Wing. 2017 marks the Diamond Jubilee of Graduate House. Our Diamond Jubilee Campaign will be launched later in 2017 and will appeal for funding from Government, Philanthropy, Corporates and Members for an exciting state of the art development. Further details coming soon.

Resident Members – scholarships (endowments), awards, prizes, excursions, function and financial assistance to those residents in financial difficulty;

Non-Resident Members – career development, fellowships, awards, prizes and financial assistance to those non-residents in financial difficulty;

Gifts with Naming Rights – a gift of perpetuity under a family or company name. Options include:

  • for a space within The Graduate Union (room, car park, corridor, floor, building);
  • for a scholarship or an award to a resident or non-resident member;
  • for a recognition of excellence award for a resident or non-resident member; and
  • for career support and retirement development of in-career and retirement members.

Sponsorship – There are options available to sponsor Graduate Union Collegiate activities, such as:

  • Monthly Luncheons – (x10 per year);
  • Professional development for Resident and in-career Members;
  • Member Excursions and social functions; and
  • Research talks and cultural dinners.

Bequests – Your bequest will assist us to continue providing high quality affordable college accommodation for post-graduate students and researchers from all over the world. Such an endowment will help to provide more funding, networking and career opportunities for graduates at all life stages.

Our Residents, College and Association

Parisa Shiran is a PhD Candidate, School of Culture and Communication

“You see things; you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream of things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?”, George Bernard Shaw thus said, reflecting the hope which has always been blazing in my heart with which I fought through my life and climbed up the ladder of success.

Though deaths and pains were not my choices, to live was a decision I made early in my life when I found myself deprived of the unparalleled love and welfare that the presence of my parents could have guaranteed.

No more than five years old, I lost my father in an accident. My mother, however, died another death when she abandoned me to time, destiny and my grandparents whose affectionate nurturing assured my growth and progress.

The desire to unfetter myself from the chains of a marginalized social status as an orphan encouraged me to become educated. Literature, stories and their deep entwinement with life and reality enthralled me and made me determined to write the story of my life the way I wanted. Read Parisa’s Story.

Cecilia Liando, Master of Interpreting and Translation Studies student (Indonesian stream) at Monash University

Translation is known to a lot of people as an act of transferring messages from one language to another language, and one culture to another culture. However, in an increasingly mobile world, especially in multicultural societies such as Australia that consists of a lot of migrants from all over the world, this definition of translation is not valid anymore. Translating a literary text like the one that I’m doing for my Major Translation Project (a year-long research component in my Master’s program) updates this perception because the source text itself has two cultural and lingual elements inside of it and I’m translating it to a third language and culture. Read Cecilia’s story.

Fatema Samina Yasmin, Master of Public Policy, RMIT

I am studying Master of Public Policy at RMIT University availing the Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship. Public Policy is such a discipline of social sciences that is primarily based on the principles of economics, political science, law, sociology and other established disciplines. Every aspect of life, e.g. economy, education, health care, environment, employment, food production, etc. is governed by public policies as adopted at local, regional, national and international level. My previous experience in conducting research work in the arena of observing the process of formulation and implementation of policies, both social and economic, in Bangladesh has aroused my interest in doing a Master’s degree in Public Policy. Read Fatema’s story.

Graduate House is where you reside and meet other graduates. The Graduate Union is an international association. In our House and across our Union, we aim to acknowledge the privilege of education by working wisely and carefully together across cultures, disciplines and life stages as a collegium of graduates in the best interests of our global society. Your stay here – be it one night or several years – will be unique. It marks the beginning, or continuation, of a lifelong involvement with our vibrant network of graduates. We encourage Residents and Members to be active influencers and create and use opportunities for sharing, learning and giving.

Dr Kerry Bennett, CEO/Head of College

Direct your donation

Endowment reserves for general purpose
My donation is added to the endowment reserves with investment earnings on the principal being put to the highest priorities and needs of the Association at any given time.

Support postgraduate research students
Research underpins innovation, progress and the betterment of society. My donation to this reserve supports resident students undertaking pure research degrees.

Support postgraduate coursework students
A majority of residents undertake postgraduate degrees for entry to the professions. My gift to this reserve supports resident students undertaking coursework degrees.


Our 2016 Annual Appeal had over 100 donors who have collectively built on our current scholarship, fellowship and awards program for Members enrolled in post-graduate study or those advancing careers through accredited professional development courses.

High Contributors

We would like to thank especially those who donated $1,000 or more in our 2016 Annual Appeal. These donors have their names engraved on our Donors Thank You Board at Graduate House.

Judith Kefford
Anne & James Mulholland
Alan Bell
Josie Blyton
George & Connie Markou
Edward Miller
David Sparks

All others

Our gratitude is extended also to all other donors whose gifts, regardless of how big or small, have contributed to the betterment of our Union and our House.
Other generous 2016 Benefactors

Joan Ansell
Peter Ashton
Leonard Bailey
Michael Barden
Deirdre Barnett
Marja Berclouw
Ruth Bishop
Marcus Bogdan
Michael Bolam
David Bottomley
Gweneth Bowles
John Brearley
Desmond & Ruth Bright
Douglas Brooke
Clive Brookes
Leona Brust
Nancy Burns
Elizabeth Butt OAM
Kathleen Cameron
Paul Carlin
Allan Casey
Andrea Casey
Diana Cherry
Sean Chua
Yvonne Clarke
John Cleeland
Cecily Close
Wendy Cobcroft
Ewan Colson
Stuart Colvin
Roger Cook
Lloyd Davies
Arthur Day
Margaret Dean
Edward Dickinson
Graeme Duke
Patricia Elvins
Kurt Eppinger
Deirdre Farrell
Francesca Folk-Scolaro
Frank Ford
Olwen Ford
Robert French AC
Elizabeth Shaw
Gwendolynn Gage
Elisabeth Giddy
George Goode
Elsie Graham
Phyllis Grave
John Green
Olive Hamilton
Richard Harcourt
John Harcourt
Roy Hardcastle AO
June Harvey
Berise Heasly
John Herrin
Brian Howe
Anthony Hunt
Christine Iseli
Betty Keay
Mary Kelleher
Frances Kelly
Zoltan Kiss
Brian Krahnert
John Landy AC CVO MBE
Kenneth Lee
Frank Lees AM MBE
Sharon Lierse
Leonard Lloyd
Sheila Loudon
Richard Manuell
Lynette Martin
Mary Maslen
Kenneth Mawson OAM
Desma Mcdonald
Callum McNair
Philip Moss
Edward Muntz
Alan Noble
Jennifer Pan
Donald Pemberton
Judith Price
Katie Price
Ian Proctor
Joanna Pyper
Peter Rendit
Robert Richards
Keith Richards OAM
Ronald Ritchie
David Robson
James Rowan
Margaret Sawyer
Ann Scott
Wendy Seng Hpa
Elizabeth Sevior
Frank Shaw
Peter Sholl
Julian Sindram
John Skuja
Richard Southby
Max Stephens
Gillian Stevens
Bethia Stevenson
Kevin Stevenson AM
John Stillwell
Rodney Taft
Bernadette Taylor
Margaret Toomey
Barbara Tynan
Geoffrey Vaughan AO
Ben Wadham
Joy Wellings
Peter Wetherall
Mark Worsnop
Kenneth Wu


Our inaugural 2015 Annual Appeal had over 100 donors and raised much needed funds for new furniture in the terrace residential rooms.

High Contributors

We would like to thank especially those who donated $1,000 or more in our 2015 Annual Appeal. These donors have their names engraved on our Donors Thank You Board at Graduate House.

Desma McDonald
Eric Gilford
Edward Dickinson
Prue and David Sparks
Ben Wadham
Anne and James Mulholland
Nancy Price

All others

Our gratitude is extended also to all other donors whose gifts, regardless of how big or small, have contributed to the betterment of our Union and our House.
Other generous 2015 Benefactors

Joan Ansell
Stanton Archer
Peter Ashton
Michael Barden
Alan Bell
Marja Berclouw
Geoffrey Bishop
Kaspars Bitans
Michael Bolam
Gweneth Mable Bowles
Desmond and Ruth Bright
Clive Hele Brookes
Thomas Brown
John Burns
Nancy Burns
Elizabeth Butt OAM
Paul Carlin
Dorothy Carroll
Elizabeth Carvosso
Diana Cherry
Richard Stephen Cherry
Ewan Russel Colson
Grietje Croll
Lloyd Davies
John Dawborn
Arthur Day
Betna Dryden
Graeme Ivallan Duke
Kurt Eppinger
Professor Joseph Epstein
Eric Ford
Frank Ford
Francis Wilson Goding
George Goode
Brendan Grabau
Wendy Graham
Beryl Green
John and Diana Green
Kay Gulenc
Olive Hamilton
Richard David Harcourt
Roy Hardcastle
Marian Hill
Wendy Seng Hpa
Frank Jones
Michael Jones
Janet Gwendoline
Kay Mary Kelleher
Helen Keneley
Brian Krahnert
David De Krester
John Landy
Philip Garth Law
David Lea
Sharon Lierse
Helen Lloyd
Margaret Loudon
Richard William Manuell
George Connie Markou
Lynette Frances Martin
Mary Maslen
Kenneth C Mawson
Margaret Mya
Frances Mayers
Edward Muntz
Roy Bruce Nichols
Alan Noble
Donald Pemberton
Marinis Pirpiris
Joan Mary Pretty
Judith Price
Joanna Pyper
Joyce Richards
Ron Ritchie
John Heath Roberts
James Rowan
Keith Ryall
Brain Salter-Duke
Elizabeth Sevior
Peter Sholl
John Skuja
Walter Stephens
Bethia Stevenson
John Stillwell
Eric Stokes
Rodney Taft
Bernadette Taylor
Margaret Toomey
Ian Tyler
Geoffrey Vaughan AO
John Vernon
Geoff Walls
Rhys Watson
Brian Webb
Joy Gladys Wellings
David Westmore
Peter Wetherall
Jennifer Woods
Mark Worsnop

Research for social improvement

Alexandra’s research looks into the health and safety of athletes and sportspeople.

Read Alexandra's story

Community-minded Residents

David’s work in Law considers the rights of others.

Read David's story

Helping teachers of tomorrow

Oliver’s education will build the education of the younger generations

Read Oliver's story

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