The Winthrop Society
Celebrating our generous benefactors
Join our community
The Winthrop Society is an acknowledgement of our supporters who have included a gift to the University in their Will.
We welcome you
The Society comprises alumni and supporters that have left gifts to the University in their Will and are happy to be recognised for their contributions.
As a Society member, you can enjoy the benefits of engaging with UWA and receive gratitude for your generosity from the students and academics you have supported.
Established in 2007 and named after UWA’s first Chancellor, Sir John Winthrop Hackett KCMG the Society was founded under the auspices of the 14th Chancellor, Dr Michael Chaney AO CitWA; its patron today is Chancellor The Hon Robert French AC.
Let us know
Do you intend to leave a gift in your Will for the University? Or perhaps you already have. By letting us know your intentions, we can invite you to join the Winthrop Society.
We are always keen to acknowledge the support of our bequestors. However, we respect those who wish to keep their intentions private.
Join us for inspiring talks and concerts
Throughout the year, we invite Society members to events at the University. Events range from public lectures, thought-provoking seminars and entertaining concerts that aim to engage with all parts of UWA. Of particular note are exclusive presentations for the Winthrop Society by UWA researchers, which provide the opportunity to engage with academics who are at the cutting edge of their fields.
Some of the recent talks held by our academics for the Winthrop Society:
- Professor Graeme Martin (UWA School of Agriculture and Environment) spoke about the UWA Future Farm project. He explained how UWA Agriculture researchers at UWA’s working farm in Pingelly are working towards the ideal farming system for 2050.
- Dr Liz Barbour (CEO, the Cooperative Research Centre on Honeybee Products) and head beekeeper Tiffany Bates spoke about the success of the honeybee in WA. They brought along a ‘show’ beehive and some delicious samples of honey made by UWA’s bees, from flowers at UWA’s Crawley campus!
- Professor Susan Broomhall (ARC Future Fellow and Professor of History) spoke about her world-first research into the diplomatic correspondence of Catherine de’ Medici.
- Associate Professor Ullrich Ecker (School of Psychological Science) spoke about the psychology of truth and misinformation. He discussed why we find it so difficult to correct untruths, and what this all means in the age of ‘post-truth’.
Meet the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor
Each year, the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor host the Winthrop Society High Tea, in acknowledgement of the generosity of UWA Alumni and supporters that have left a bequest in their Will.
This keystone event in the University's calendar has previously been held at UWA landmarks including the Oceans Institute and the Conservatorium of Music.
Learn more about UWA bequests
Follow the links below to find out more about the impacts of bequests and how to leave a gift in your Will.
Sir John Winthrop Hackett
Like many of UWA’s landmarks, including Winthrop Avenue, Winthrop Hall, Hackett Hall and Hackett Drive, the Winthrop Society is named after Sir John Winthrop Hackett KCMG (1848–1916), the key figure in the University’s early history.
Create a bequest
You can make a positive difference when you leave a gift in your Will to UWA.
A bequest is a gift in your Will, a generous act that can support research and education for generations to come.
A visionary gift
The Schrader’s visionary bequest has helped support generations of biomedical engineering students.