Mavis Haydon was an inspiring 1930s maverick whose love for education now provides a pathway for outstanding Flinders University students to excel, thanks to a scholarship named in her honour.
Having run away from home at 17, hitchhiking across Australia and travelling the world, Mavis Haydon (nee Brown) boldly shunned the conventional path for young women of the 1930s.
However, she always regretted not having an opportunity to study at university and was acutely aware of the limited educational opportunities available to many of her generation.
‘She always valued education, but she was never given the opportunity,’ says Mavis’ niece, Trudyanne Brown. ‘It never even crossed her parents’ minds that she would have wanted to go to university.’
Now, with a tightening economy, the opportunity to attend university is beyond the financial means of many talented young people.
Mavis, who lived in Adelaide until her death in July 2015,
aged 92, was determined to address this inequity and instructed her estate to
set up the $4 million Mavis Brown Charitable Trust to support students facing