The history of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute


The oldest medical research institute in Australia, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute was established in 1915 with money from a Trust set up by the widow of the wealthy Walter Hall, a successful transport, livestock and mining pioneer.

The vision was for an institute that 'will be the birthplace of discoveries rendering signal service to mankind in the prevention and removal of disease and the mitigation of suffering.’

Past directors

From the difficult post-war years, through the Great Depression and into major research developments such as immunology and biotechnology, the institute's directors have provided leadership and strategic direction.

Historical references

Books and journal papers concerning the institute and distinguished scientists.


WEHI revisited

In 2005, to celebrate the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute's 90th birthday, five institute personalities were interviewed about their association with the institute. Through WEHI Revisited you can hear Sir Gustav Nossal, Professor Donald Metcalf, Professor Jacques Miller, Professor Ian Mackay and Dr Margaret Holmes share their childhoods, recall the motivation to pursue science and reflect upon their careers at the institute.