Catalogue Number: 799
E-mail from John Nathan to Barry Cole about Bertram Nathan
Sub-Category: Letter, notes, memos
Author: NATHAN John
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 2008
Time Period: 21st C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Description Of Item: E-mail from John Nathan to Barry Cole about Bertram Nathan's contribution to securing a recurrent grant for the College from the Victorian Government in 1955. The e-mail reads 'As far as I can remember BN (Bertram Nathan) was solely responsible for the timely grant probably through his personal contact with John Cain Senr with whom he shared several Solo playing friends. Cain of course was Premier in 1954. William (Bill) Slater who was Attorney General at the time was also a good friend, I think through Legacy. As a matter of interest Slater who I remember as a kindly gentleman, together with Hugh Gordon, a younger man, were the founders of Slater and Gordon. Gordon was appointed as the initial Registrar ( please check) of the ORB until he enlisted for WW2 and was killed in action quite early in that conflict---North Africa ? John'
Historical Significance: The College faced a financial crisis in 1954. Its debts exceeded its assets and student numbers and student fees were down. Bertram Nathan, then treasurer of the College, persuaded the Victorian Goverment to make the first annual grant. In 1955 it was ?3000 which saved the College. Bertram Nathan was able to do this because he was friends with the then Treasurer of the Government of Victoria, John Cain senior, with whom he played cards.
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 1