Gillian Qualtrough (10 Nov 1950 to 12 Mar 1999)

Gillian was the eldest daughter of Bob and Edith Qualtrough of Melbourne, Australia. She was a descendant of James Qualtrough and Lydia Thorburn of Wattle Glen, and the Rev Joseph Qualtrough and Agnes McCulloch of Lonan, Isle of Man, see chart 22

This article was sourced from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research Annual Report 2011-12.

In 2012, Gillian's mother, set up the research fund in her daughter's honour. "Gillian was 48 when she died of breast cancer," Mrs Qualtrough said. "Her husband Greg Welshe died of cancer at 41. Both too young." 

The money from the sale of Gillian’s property in the UK prompted Mrs Qualtrough to think about how the funds could be used to remember her. "I started thinking about a donation towards breast cancer research," she said. In February 2012, the family established the Qualtrough Research Fund to improve understanding, treatment and prevention of breast cancer. 

The family was aware of the work done at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, and decided to support the institute after reading a story about the innovative breast cancer research being done by Professor Jane Visvader and Professor Geoff Lindeman. "If this helps other women with breast cancer in some way I would be very pleased, and I'm sure Gillian would be too," she said. 

Born at Mooroopna, near Shepparton in Victoria, Gillian was a successful businesswoman. In the last two weeks of her life, Gillian set up an annual award for a female student at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she had graduated with a Masters of Business Administration in 1984. 

"Gillian advocated for recognition of women in the business world," Mrs Qualtrough said. "The career challenges facing women scientists also struck a chord with me, because Gillian had long advocated for equal opportunities in the workplace." 

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