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Walter and Eliza Hall Bequest

This philanthropic foundation was established in 1912 by Eliza Rowdon Hall (1847-1916) with £1 million from the estate of her husband Walter Russell Hall (1831-1911), a gold rush immigrant who had made his fortune as a member of the Mount Morgan mining syndicate. The income of the trust, shared between New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, was to be distributed to charitable, educational and Anglican religious causes. Negotiations between trustees, the University of Melbourne and the (Royal) Melbourne Hospital secured the bulk of the Victorian 25% share for the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, established in 1915.

Shurlee Swain