Available to Victorian female applicants enrolled or intending to enrol in Year 1 of the Agriculture Program or Year 1 of the Agribusiness Program.

Closing date 9th August 2019
Interview date 20th September 2019
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Helen Macpherson Smith was born in Scotland in April 1874 to her Scottish father, Robert Smith, and her Australian mother of Scottish descent, Jane Priscilla Macpherson.

Helen was fortunate in her forebears; on both sides they were hard working and resourceful Scottish immigrants. On the Macpherson side they were good judges of land and excellent farmers, whilst the Smiths became successful timber merchants in colonial times.

Helen attended school in Scotland, Germany and Australia. In 1901 she married William John Schutt, a lawyer, who later became a Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria. There were no children by the marriage.

In December 1923, Helen took a holiday trip to Europe. She never returned to Australia, reputedly because of a fear of seasickness. She resided mainly in the south of France and Switzerland and William visited her frequently. On his way back to Melbourne in November 1933 after one of his visits, William died after a fall on board ship. In 1951 Helen contracted pneumonia and died on 19 April at the Hotel Majestic in Cannes, France aged 77.

On her death, she left a ‘lasting legacy’ of $550,000 to establish a Trust for the benefit of charities in the State of Victoria. The Trust has grown to be worth over $108 million and each year grants between $5 and $7 million in total are given to a wide spectrum of Victorian charities.


The agriculture and agribusiness industries offer excellent career opportunities for women – describe two Australian women who inspire you to seek a career in these industries.

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