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Angel Award 2016
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2016 Angel Award Recipient

Myer Family

The Myer Family will receive the 2016 Angel Award at Melbourne 2016 ISPA Congress, Reimagining. View other ISPA Award winners.

This award honours the remarkable vision of Sidney Myer and successive generations of his family, who have reimagined and responded to the new future, enriching cultural life through their support of reflection, risk taking and innovation; capacity building; and the fostering international relationships.

The Myer family tradition of giving dates back five generations to Sidney Myer’s late 19th-century arrival in Australia after fleeing the violence and religious persecution of Belarus. Sidney, joined by his brother Elcon, started a small drapery business that went on to become one of the foundation stories of Australian business success. Later, Sidney and his wife Dame Merlyn Myer, had four children, each of whom went on to become generous and spirited leaders in our community. Ken Myer, Bails Myer, Neilma Gantner and Lady Southey have each shouldered their parents’ legacy in their own ways and now their children, their grandchildren and Sidney and Merlyn’s great, great grandchildren carry the philanthropic torch lit by their forebears.

The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund are just two of the entities through which the family direct their philanthropy. The truth is that through gifts too numerous to list, by many family members, over successive generations, in times of hardship and in times of celebration, the Myer family has made an indelible mark on the lives of many Victorians. Indeed it is hard to imagine what Melbourne, Victoria and Australia would look like without their generosity, acumen and steadfast belief that the world can be a better place for us all.


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