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The Seaborn, Broughton and Walford Foundation was founded in 1986 as a charitable organisation to benefit the Australian Performing Arts.
The mission of The Foundation is to promote and encourage the knowledge, understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of drama, opera, dance, mime, music, puppetry and all other forms and facets of the performing arts in all their expressions within Australia.
Its founder, Dr Rodney Frederick Marsden Seaborn AO OBE (1912-2008) was a Sydney psychiatrist and a patron of the performing arts.
When the Stables Theatre in Kings Cross, home to the Griffin Theatre Company, went up for sale in 1986 and risked possible demolition, Dr Seaborn bought it. At the same time, he established a charitable trust to benefit the performing arts, so that theatre lovers could join as Friends and assist him in his new role as a performing arts philanthropist.
He named the trust the Seaborn, Broughton and Walford Foundation, incorporating his family’s names, and invited his cousins Dr Peter Broughton and Leslie Walford onto the Founding Board.
He also created the Seaborn, Broughton and Walford Foundation Archive, Library and Performing Arts Collection.
The SB&W Foundation is custodian of a large accumulation of archives and manuscripts which are of considerable historical significance for the study of the performing arts in Australia. These archives and manuscripts were initially part of a collaborative project with NIDA, the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, with the object of preserving them and making them accessible to the wider community through the internet.
For further information about the history, see http://www.sbwfoundation.com