Walkley Foundation gets $1m bequest from founder’s sister-in-law

The Walkley Foundation has received a $1m bequest from June Andrews, the sister-in-law of Sir William Gaston Walkley, who set up the Walkley Awards and left a bequest to maintain them following his death in 1976.

Andrews died in 2017, leaving the Foundation its second bequest from a member of the Walkley family.

Walkleys 1965 (from Walkley archive)

“June Andrews’ bequest is a powerful and enduring gift to the Foundation. Backing journalism with this kind of philanthropic support really can make a difference,” the Walkley Foundation’s chief executive, Louisa Graham, said.

“It allows us to sustain the Foundation and continue our work investing in the industry through awards, grants, a digital archive of Walkley-winning stories, scholarships and mentorships. Bequests can also be directed to support an individual award or program.”

Former Walkley Foundation chair Quentin Dempster written the Walkley Foundation into his will.

“We need the help and active support of all Australians to ensure a sustainable future for quality journalism,” Dempster said.

Graham added that: “In these times when journalism is challenged and trust in the media is so important, the Walkley Foundation’s work is critical. We appreciate this growing philanthropic support.”


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