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The Robert Whinham Prize

In 1900, the Trustees of the late Robert Whinham gave the University £84 9s 6d for the purpose of providing a yearly prize in elocution, to be called after the late Robert Whinham, and the University of Adelaide have agreed to invest that sum and to apply the income thereof in the manner specified.

The purpose was varied under a Trust Variation Scheme approved the Attorney General of South Australia on 10 March 2016 to offer an annual prize of $100 per annum or such greater amount as permitted from the income of the Trust Fund from time to time, to a classical voice student who has participated in an Elder Conservatorium opera production and who gives the best interpretation of a principal operatic role.

The following rules now apply:

  1. The prize shall be an annual prize called ‘The Robert Whinham Prize’.
  2. The value of the prize shall be $100 or such other amount as determined by the Director of the Elder Conservatorium.
  3. Only students who have participated in an opera during the year of the award shall be eligible for the award.
  4. The prize shall be awarded on the recommendation of the Director of the Elder Conservatorium, to the student who gives the best interpretation of an operatic role.
  5. The rules of the Prize may be varied from time to time in a manner consistent with the University’s legal obligations and policies.
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