From early beginnings carting goods to the Victorian goldfields, Alfred Felton later established himself as a merchant in Melbourne. Eventually buying a wholesale druggists, Felton and his business partner Frederick Grimwade, the pair made several smart business acquisitions, amassing a tidy fortune for each of them.
Felton never married nor fathered any children, so without anyone to inherit, part of his estate was used to establish the Felton Bequest, a trust used to acquire works of art for the National Gallery of Victoria. Since the bequest was created, more than 15,000 art works have been acquired.
Part of the ‘People in Melbourne- 1901-1927’ Public Program