• ISBN: (Hardback)9780522867206
  • PUBLISHED:01/Dec/2015
  • IMPRINT:Miegunyah Press
  • SUBJECT:20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

Miegunyah

John Poynter, Ben Thomas

  • Hardback $69.99

The Bequests of Russell and Mab Grimwade

The great philanthropic gift of Russell and Mab Grimwade—The Miegunyah Fund—has opened up incredible opportunities for the University of Melbourne.

The great bequests of Russell and Mab Grimwade have opened up extraordinary opportunities for the University of Melbourne, enabling an exciting range of initiatives.
Through the Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellows program, Australia has benefited from the visits of more than a hundred international academics. The University's cultural collections have been enriched by the treasures of the Grimwades' collections of art, rare books and Australiana. Russell Grimwade's passion for chemistry, appreciation of art and sense of obligation to preserve the past has driven the development of the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation. Russell's first allegiance may have been to biochemistry, but he had a wider vision: to fund the 'birth of an antipodean Clarendon Press' at Melbourne University Press. The distinguished Miegunyah imprint has realised his ambition and this book is the most recent volume in that series.
The Grimwades' bequests still remain one of the University of Melbourne's most significant gifts. This is the story of Russell and Mab Grimwade and their legacy to the Australian nation.

About the authors

John Riddoch Poynter was Ernest Scott Professor of History at the University of Melbourne 1966-75 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor 1975-90. He spends his time in retirement writing history, biography and sardonic verse. Among his previous books include Mr Felton's Bequests and the biography Russell Grimwade, the first book published by the MIegunyah Press.

Benjamin Thomas is Rusden Curator of Cultural Collections at Trinity College and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Art History. He has previously co-authored Visions of Colonial Grandeur: John Twycross at the Melbourne International Exhibitions, published by Museum Victoria and is an Honorary Associate of the Museum.

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