The Winthrop Society
Celebrating our generous benefactors
Join us for inspiring lectures and concerts
Throughout the year, we invite Society members to events at the University, around Perth and, more recently, in online webinars. Events range from public lectures, thought-provoking seminars and 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, and how our 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) 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, and why we find it so difficult to correct untruths.
'Hearts & Minds': High Tea with the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor
Each year, the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia host the Winthrop Society High Tea, in acknowledgement of the generosity of UWA alumni and supporters that have left a bequest in their will.
In recent years, the High Tea has been held at UWA landmarks like the Oceans Institute, the Conservatorium of Music and the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.
This keystone event in the University's calendar is a wonderful opportunity to spend an afternoon with like-minded supporters. You will engage and hear firsthand from our leading researchers working on some of the greatest challenges facing our society today, witness UWA’s cultural achievements or be entertained by our talented young students.
Sir John Winthrop Hackett KCMG
The very first bequest the University of Western Australia received was made by our first Chancellor - and greatest champion in the fight to establish Western Australia's first university - Sir John Winthrop Hackett.
We invite you to learn more about this great man and the lasting impact the Hackett bequest has had.
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.
How can we help?
If you have any questions, or would like to discuss your intentions in complete confidence, please reach out to the UWA Bequests team