Whitlam Institute

Bequest Program

Bequest Program


Support the Whitlam Institute through our Bequest Program 

You can help to keep Gough’s vision alive by contributing to the Whitlam Institute through the gift of a bequest. If you are interested in a bequest to the Whitlam Institute, please call 9685 9210 or email info@whitlam.org to request a brochure or talk with our Director.


"I grew up in a country town in the 1950’s. University access was limited to the 5% who won Commonwealth scholarships, or those who had parents who could afford to pay. I did not qualify on either account. I stumbled into a journalist cadetship on the local paper, followed by overseas travel, which I hoped would fill a hunger for learning.

Returning to Australia I discovered there had been ructions involving an extraordinary Australian called Gough Whitlam. One of the changes meant, in his words, ‘all Australians are entitled to a free tertiary education’. I took up this kind offer as a mature-age student, eventually completing a PhD.

I am overwhelmingly grateful that my life has included a stint at uni, thanks to a tall, imposing man with a well-modulated voice and a mind that saw the potential in every person. I cannot give back a tenth of what I have received but what I have will go to the people who share the Whitlam vision and work to keep it alive."

Dr Maxine Littlefield, Whitlam Institute Benefactor