Vale Baillieu Myer, stalwart arts philanthropist

A giant of the retail world who was also firmly committed to the arts, Baillieu ‘Bails’ Myer leaves a lasting legacy.
an old man in abow tie in front of a bookcase

Businessman and arts philanthropist, Sydney Baillieu Myer AC (known as ‘Bails’ Myer to some) died at his home on the Mornington Peninsula on 22 January. He was 96.

Myer was part of the famed Australian retail dynasty the Myer family, started by his father Sidney Myer (1878 – 1934) in the early 1900s.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).