Historic Gifts to UOW

Historic gifts to UOW


Janet Cosh Estate

Janet Cosh, a long-time resident of the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, had a passion for natural history and botany. On her death in 1989, Janet Cosh bequeathed funds and her unique library and herbarium of over 1000 plants, drawings, photographs, maps and letters to the University of Wollongong. Her hope was to facilitate botanical research and deepen local expertise around native vegetation.

Today the Janet Cosh herbarium helps students, staff and natural-history-lovers expand their knowledge of native vegetation. It also forms the foundation for research projects into local species. Her unique bequest contains rare specimens from Sydney, the Illawarra, South Coast and Southern Tablelands of NSW. The Janet Cosh legacy continues to grow —the herbarium now contains almost 10,000 specimens — and will continue to benefit the entire community for many decades to come.

Ralph Faulkner Bequest

Ralph Faulkner made a bequest to the University of Wollongong for the purposes of cancer research.  On his passing in 2003, the Faulkner bequest was allocated to cancer research projects. Today UOW has over 100 chemists, biologists and researchers working on solutions to many forms of cancer. 

The Faulkner bequest was one gift, one seed. It allowed the university to fund several vital cancer research projects. UOW’s ability to invest deeply into cancer research today — from breast cancer to prostate cancer to chemotherapy treatments — is due largely to Ralph Faulkner’s generous foresight.

Emeritus Professor John Passmore Collection

In 1988, Professor John Passmore, one of Australia’s pre-eminent philosophers, provided an initial donation of rare books from his unparalleled collection which assisted the development of the discipline of Philosophy at the University. Following his death in 2004, his family offered the remainder of his library to UOW, including around 2,000 items in the areas of philosophy, ethics, logic, morality and the history of thought.

The Kagi Collection

In 2004, Dr Douglas Kagi provided the University with its biggest ever donation of artwork—a collection of 70 prints by eminent English artists from the second half of the 20th century valued at $200,000. The Kagi Collection has continued to grow through further gifts from Dr Kagi.

The Howard Worner Collection & The Howard Worner Memorial Scholarship

Professor Worner was a significant member of the UOW community and a noted philanthropist. In 2000, he donated his valuable mineral and rock collection to the University. Professor Worner’s contributions went far beyond the scientific world. He was motivated by the opportunity to expand his knowledge and apply it creatively to new challenges. Many were inspired by his generous nature, energy and ideas. 

After his death in 2006, at the age of 93, The Howard Worner Memorial Scholarship was established to preserve Professor Worner’s legacy. Today The Howard Worner Memorial Scholarship continues to provide support for students from a rural background studying Science or Engineering at UOW. It also encourages recipients to draw upon Professor Worner’s ideals and achievements as guidance for their own development. 

Last reviewed: 17 March, 2016