Vale Peter Smedley

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Peter Smedley on 11 April 2019. Peter was a Director of Colonial Foundation from its inception in 1996, becoming its Chairman in October 2010, until his recent retirement from the Board in February 2018.

Peter will be remembered for his outstanding leadership and key contributions to the Foundation’s philanthropic activities since its establishment, in which he played a leading role. Over the period of his involvement, the Foundation awarded grants in excess of $100 million across a broad spectrum of worthy causes, including Orygen, where he served as Chairman for almost 10 years.

Following a highly successful corporate career, Peter selflessly gave of his expertise, drive and energy in the Arts, in Research and to help those Australians less fortunate or in need, particularly young Australians, irrespective of their backgrounds. He genuinely cared and he made a difference.

Peter was a proud family man, a strong and inspiring leader and a loyal friend. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with Christine and the family.

Our grant priorities

To achieve our vision and mission, our grant-making will focus on three current priorities:
Youth Well-being
Supporting research into mental health and its translation into clinical practice.

Empowering young Australians to maximise their potential.

Creating vocational pathways for young students.

Healthy Ageing
Supporting medical research to find solutions to the disabilities of ageing, particularly in respect of mental disorders.

Improving access to innovative healthcare.

Arts and Culture
Improving access to Arts and Culture in regional and rural Australia.

Providing opportunities for young Australians to discover and be inspired by the Arts.

Supporting innovative projects that expand employment opportunities in the Australian creative sector.

Grant partners