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Pursuant to Hugh’s wishes, since 1986 the Trustees have maintained a strong interest in the cultural, economic and environmental wellbeing of Ballarat and surrounding areas and have made grants to a range of organisations including the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Ballarat Mechanics Institute, Sovereign Hill, Creative Clunes, Eureka Mums and YWCA Housing.

Science Gallery

Over the past five years the Trustees have supported the construction of the Science Gallery at the University of Melbourne, established the annual Hugh D.T. Williamson lecture and supported major exhibitions. The Foundation is currently supporting a First Persons Cadetship program which will enable the creation of pathways and opportunities for Koori youth across the...

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NGV Design Centre

The Foundation has a long association with the NGV and has supported a  range of programs. It is currently providing core support for the Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture enabling the NGV to make a meaningful contribution to design and to build partnerships with the design community around the world.


Founded over 10 years ago with the support of the Hugh D T Williamson Foundation, BugBlitz™ delivers environmental and educational programs to school students. Based in Sale, it holds field days primarily in Gippsland which have been attended by more than 35,000 students. Most recently, support from the Foundation has enabled Bug Blitz to work with...

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