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Title: A Note on Trudy Spencer
Subtitle: Migrant, Psychiatrist, Scholar and Benefactor
Author(s): BALDWIN, Jennifer
Journal: Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Volume: 55    Date: 2018   
Pages: 19-22
DOI: 10.2143/ANES.55.0.3284681

Abstract :
Throughout their history, the disciplines of classics, archaeology and middle eastern studies at the University of Melbourne have benefited from endowments, starting with the generous gift of the Sicree brothers in the late 1940s. The brothers’ endowment enabled the University of Melbourne to establish what was then the Department of Semitic Studies and later became the Department of Middle Eastern Studies. This department and its later iterations produced many enthusiastic graduates and was renowned for its rich academic offerings and its fine scholars. One individual who studied in this department, Trudy Spencer, was moved to set up, by her will, a trust to ensure that the teaching of ancient civilisations and ancient languages continued into the future. This paper provides a brief overview of the life of Trudy Spencer (neé Rabinowitsch), who left her country of birth, Austria, as a teenager and migrated not once but twice, eventually settling in Australia.

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