A Tradition of Giving: Seventy-Five Years of Myer Family Philanthropy (2005)

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<p><strong>Author: Michael Liffman.<br /> Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2005</strong></p>

A refreshing change to the American and European-dominated literature on philanthropy, this biography relates the story of the nineteenth-century Belarus-born Simcha Baevski, who changed his name, built up a department store empire and became Australia's most prominent philanthropist. Myer philanthropy remains a major force in Australian philanthropy, and the evolution of its grant-making provides a fascinating perspective on the unfolding of the social history of that country.


  • History of philanthropy
  • Understanding philanthropy