Leaving a bequest

Through your bequest, you can help build the corpus of the Trust to ensure that our Vision and Purpose is realised for the current and future generations of Koorie people and the wider community.

We recognise that making a donation to us in this manner is a very personal decision. For assistance in this confidential matter, we encourage you to contact our CEO, Tom Mosby, by telephone on 03662 6300. Alternatively, please download our Bequest Information Brochure below for further information including appropriate wording for your will.


Bequest Brochure


We would like to thank and acknowledge the following individuals for their generous bequests to the Trust.

  • Estate of the late Norma Gleeson
  • Estate of the late Barbara R Praetz
  • Estate of the late Lilian Renard

The Norma Gleeson bequest

“Small in stature maybe but she had the heart and courage of a lion”

Troy Austin, CEO, Melbourne Aboriginal Youth Sport and Recreation (MAYSAR).

Norma Gleeson was passionate about Aboriginal rights and worked tirelessly for the Koorie community through many roles over her career including Aboriginal Affairs from 1976 to 1996.

Norma had a particularly strong connection with the Koorie Heritage Trust, actively supporting the development of the Koorie Heritage Trust in the 1980s and continuing to be a loyal member of the Trust for many years. When Norma passed away in February 2011, her sister Judith and niece Sala provided funds to establish the Norma Gleeson Bequest.

“Norma appeared to be a stern Government worker who many considered to be a tough taskmaster. In reality Norma was a kind, compassionate advocate for our community and I often witnessed her resolve to achieve a positive outcome for local organisations/communities that she was working with”

Troy Austin, CEO, MAYSAR.

Bequest from the Estate of the late Ms Barbara Rae Praetz

The Koorie Heritage Trust acknowledges the generous bequest from the Estate of the late Ms Barbara Rae Praetz.

Barbara held a long interest in the history and achievements of the First Nations people in Australia. A former specialist primary school music teacher, and herself an accomplished performer, Barbara made arrangements in her Will to support the Koorie Heritage Trust in the work that we do. She had a great interest in our work particularly activities relating to education, youth and music.