A Tradition of Giving

A Tradition of Giving : Seventy-five Years of Myer Family Philanthropy

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In the history of private philanthropy, Australia has a limited tradition. The Myer family is an honourable exception. This book explores the remarkable influence of this family on the lives of so many Australians. Michael Liffman vividly brings to life Sidney Myer's classic 'rags to riches' story, which sets the foundation for four generations of Myer philanthropists. His generosity was epitomised by the legendary Christmas lunch he staged at the Melbourne Exhibition Building for 11,000 hungry souls hard hit by the depression. As unemployment worsened Sidney Myer increased the staff in his stores and supported numerous building ventures, in order to provide employment. Sidney Myer's sons, Ken and Baillieu, continued their father's tradition and with the help of other family members, established The Myer Foundation as the leading philanthropic organisation in Australia. This book is more than a history of one family. It is a celebration of a 'tradition of giving' which has become part of the fabric of the Australian community.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 282 pages
  • 162.6 x 243.8 x 22.9mm | 657.72g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • illustrations, portraits
  • 0522850626
  • 9780522850628
  • 2,074,931

About Michael Liffman

After working for such organisations as the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Ecumenical Migration Centre, Michael Liffman undertook the transition from poacher to game-keeper becoming Executive Officer to The Myer Foundation and the Sidney Myer Fund. This account of the history of Australia's leading philanthropic family draws on that experience.show more

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