R.T. Hall came to Sydney from England in 1853 on the vessel “Waterloo”.
He was consumptive but managed to survive the long voyage and made a complete recovery. His affairs flourished and after he died in 1894, a trust was established initially for: “An invalid home for the reception, cure and treatment of culture for respectable, moral persons, residing in Sydney or its suburbs, and suffering from consumption of the lungs”.
A sanitarium was established in the Blue Mountains in 1909 and was active till the early 1950s when the treatment of tuberculosis radically changed. The trust then looked for an alternative field to support and became involved in The National Heart Foundation. In 1959 and for a number of years, the bequest supported the RT Hall Lecturer. However, in more recent times, the bequest has supported the RT Hall Prize and the lectureship has been funded by a donation from The National Heart Foundation, for which we are very grateful.
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