Bequest society launched

Image of Monash President Professor Margaret Gardner AO with guests.
Monash President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO with Emeritus Professor Maureen Brunt AO (HonLLD 1996) and guests.

Report Betty Vassiliadis
Photography Joe Castro

Throughout Monash University’s history, bequests to support students, education, research and facilities have made an enormous difference to the lives of countless people in our community and around the world.

The University has honoured the generosity of those who leave a gift in their will with the launch of the Matheson Society.

Many members of the society have included gifts that will support students via the establishment of scholarships and significant contributions to important research.

“It’s a privilege to acknowledge those supporters who have made the generous decision to leave a gift in their will to Monash,” President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gardner AO said.

“Their contributions provide vital support to our students on their path to become tomorrow’s leaders and to our world-leading research, further benefitting the communities we serve.”

The Matheson Society is named in honour of Monash’s first Vice-Chancellor, Sir Louis Matheson, and his wife Lady Matheson.

Roger Matheson (BSpEd 1977) and Emeritus Professor John Legge AO
Roger Matheson (BSpEd 1977) and Emeritus Professor John Legge AO.

Together their hard work and dedication led to the rapid development of the University in its earliest years.

The society was launched with a luncheon in April 2015 that was attended by Sir Louis and Lady Matheson’s son, Mr Roger Matheson (BSpEd 1977).

“Our hope is that over time the Matheson Society will become a strong and closely connected community, with regular society events and enduring friendships formed between alumni, staff and friends of Monash University,” Professor Gardner said.

Leaving a gift in your will to Monash University means you are playing a vital role in shaping the future of education and joining a community of like-minded people who value life-long learning.

To leave a gift to Monash University in your will, please contact Gillian Dodgin, Bequest Manager, on +61 3 9903 4395 or email