UVic Torch -- Spring 2003
Autumn 2003,
Volume 25, Number 1

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Community Chest
Community Chest
Photograph by BILL HALKETT, UVIC ARCHIVES 049.0302

In 1960, with community support for an independent university in Victoria gaining momentum, Premier W.A.C. Bennett promised to match up to $2.5 million in fundraising that would later support land purchases and construction at the new Gordon Head campus.

Richard B. Wilson (future Victoria mayor and UVic Chancellor) led the campaign with volunteers from the chamber of commerce, VC students, faculty, staff and community volunteers. The University Fund Drive met its target within five years. T.S. McPherson-for whom the library is named-greatly aided the cause, giving an additional $2.25 million plus his share of the downtown Central Building.

In the 1961 photo, John Jones and Stanley Connors stand guard as Dal Hawkshaw and Betty Beecroft deposit campaign funds at the Bank of Commerce.

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