E.W. (Bill) Tipping’s Legacy

Bill Tipping was a man who was passionate about a fair go. He saw and wrote of many social justice issues and brought them to the attention of those who read his column in the Herald, In Black and White.

In the last year, we took the opportunity to speak with Paul Tipping, E.W. (Bill) Tipping’s oldest son, to find out more about the man, and his family, our organisation is named in honour of.

From all accounts, Bill Tipping was a man that was passionate about a fair go. He saw and wrote of many social justice issues and brought them to the attention of those who read his column in the Herald, In Black and White.

In 1953, he wrote the story of a family who felt they had no choice but to tie their young disabled son to a stake in the backyard whilst they worked in their store out the front. The thought of sending their child to Kew Cottages was too unbearable to entertain for even
a moment.

Bill visited Kew Cottages and was able to shine a light on the unacceptable conditions. People were moved by this story. So moved that they sent money into the Herald offices. This appeal raised $50,000 which was matched dollar for dollar by the Government of the day.

Bill continued to visit Kew Cottages and write about the progress they were making. The appeal had funded much needed repairs and an upgrade of the facilities.

This was not just a social justice issue but one close to Bill Tipping’s heart as he too had a son with disability. Peter, his youngest son, was born with cerebral palsy. Peter would eventually live at Kew Cottages many years after Bill had written about the young boy in 1953. Peter was very comfortable and Paul describes many happy family visits out to Kew on the weekends.

The Tipping Foundation was not established until 1970. By this stage, Bill was terminally ill with cancer and he sadly passed away a few months after The Foundation was established. He initially put up a lot of resistance to having the Foundation named in his honour. He thought there were others that were more deserving, when a nurse in his care team appealed to him, ‘to think of the children’ which perhaps made him remember his own son Peter (who had sadly passed away at the age of 14 in 1961). So Bill agreed and the Foundation was originally named the E.W. Tipping Foundation.

The name was changed in 2016 to The Tipping Foundation, a Bill Tipping legacy working together with Vista.

Marjorie Tipping, Bill’s wife, did an enormous amount of work to support the Foundation. She was adept at bringing people together to network and fundraise and was instrumental in raising much needed funds to develop another new house for people to call home. In fact, Marjorie was still fundraising right till the end where she raised a couple of hundred thousand dollars towards a respite facility in Bacchus Marsh. Marjorie was 90 when she opened this new facility.

We pay our respects and thanks to the Tipping family for their continuing support.

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