According to this announcement, the contribution to this cultural project marks the 90th birthday of Sir Zelman Cowen on October 7.
Cowen has contributed immeasurably to Australia as a naval intelligence officer during World War 2, a Rhodes Scholar, Dean of Law at Melbourne University, Vice-Chancellor of the University of New England and University of Queensland, and Governor-General from 1977 until 1982. He has been a patron of the Museum since its inception in 1982.The museum is planning to raise $1.5 million to bring the project to life. The government hopes its contribution will encourage the Jewish and general Australian community,State government and other sectors to support the project.
The Jewish Museum of Australia was established to explore and share the Jewish experience in Australia and benefit Australia's diverse society.