About us

The Hamer Family Fund was set up in 2004 as a sub-fund of the Melbourne Community Foundation, now the Australian Communities Foundation. It commemorates the lives and work of the senior generation of the Hamer family:

Sir Rupert (Dick) Hamer AC KCMG (1916-2004): Soldier, lawyer, state premier, supporter of equal opportunity, the arts, the environment and an Australian republic.

Alan Hamer (1917-2012): Rhodes Scholar, chemist, businessman.

Alison Patrick (1921-2009): historian, academic, author.

Senator David Hamer (1926-2002): naval officer, federal MP, author, supporter of parliamentary reform.

The Digger and Shirley Martin Environmental Fund

Peter Martin, a member of the extended family, has decided to establish a further sub-fund within the Melbourne Community Foundation. This will be specifically devoted to the environment, in memory of his parents Shirley and 'Digger' Martin, keen travellers, birdwatchers and conservationists. Grants from this sub-fund are made in a similar fashion to Hamer Family Fund grants.

The Alison Patrick Memorial Fund

As Reader in History at the University of Melbourne, Alison Patrick had a lifelong interest in the scholarship of the French Revolution along with a strong commitment to students. She was one of the founders of the Rudé seminar for historians of the French Revolution and beyond, and presented papers at it over many years.

In her memory, the family has endowed a fund which will grant biennial scholarships to support doctoral students presenting papers at the Rudé seminar.