About the fund

Establishment

The Fund was established under the Wills of Annette Collier (1864 - 1947) Alice Collier (1863 - 1950) and Edith Collier (1869 - 1954). The three Wills created charitable trusts in identical terms with the directive that they be merged, and they are now administered as a single trust by four Trustees and an Executive Officer.

History 

Annette, Alice and Edith Collier were the daughters of a prominent grazier and contractor, Jenkin Collier.  He was born in Wales in 1829, emigrated to Australia when he was 23 and died aged 91 in 1921 after a long and very successful career as an engineering contractor, as a builder of railways and as a pastoralist.  He left his considerable wealth to his three unmarried daughters. The sisters lived simply and unpretentiously and gave generously but anonymously from their income to charities and people in need. 

   

Annette, Alice and Edith Collier

Apart from small personal legacies and gifts to the National Gallery of Victoria, the Will of each of the sisters stipulated that the whole of her net assets were to be held for the charitable purposes designated - see what we fund. Their vision was to help make a real difference to the lives of those in need and to organisations that supported them. 

On the death of the last surviving sister, Edith, the Fund was valued at £1,262,041 (in today's value this was worth approximately $40m). In each of the years since Edith's death, the Fund has made distributions of its income to worthy organizations and causes covered by the terms of the trust. The total amount distributed now exceeds $100 million (and the value of the Fund is approximately $65m).

The foresight and generosity of these three unassuming early Australian philanthropists continues to contribute to the welfare of the Australian people.

News

The online application and acquittal system is being upgraded. If you are planning to make an application in 2019 you are encouraged to familiarise yourself with the new process. This will ensure that submitting an application and acquittal form is as smooth as possible.

Further details will be available in early April.  

Applications for 2019

Online applications will open in mid-April and close on 30 June 2019.

It is expected that the review process will be completed and all applicants notified of the outcome of their application by 31 October 2019. 

Online Acquittal Form

The online acquittal form is currently unavailable. If you would like to submit an application at this time please contact the executive officer on wlewis@colliercharitable.org