The President, Patron and Members of The Society of St Andrew of Scotland, Darling Downs Branch

Invite you to our

Patron's Night

"Single Malt Whisky Tasting"

Friday, 26 August 2016 from 7pm

Concordia Function Centre, Norfolk Room
154 Stephen Street
Toowoomba

 

Two Course Dinner

Whiskies selected as prime examples of Single Malts from Scotland

Raffles

Proceeds to support Nurse Training at St Andrew's Hospital, Toowoomba

RSVP with Subscription (no later)
22 August 2016

Contact Mal Leslie - 07 4635 8358 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The President cordially invites you and your friends to attend the

Scottish Dinner Dance

To be held on FRIDAY 15 July 2016 7.00 for 7.30 pm at
EMMANUEL COLLEGE, Sir William MacGregor Drive, St Lucia
within The University of Queensland


Hostess - Mrs Jackie McPherson

Pre-Dinner Drinks in the Courtyard
Dancing - Scottish Singing
Piping - Guest Artists
Haggis & Two Course Meal
Cash Bar

You are invited to present your daughters and/or female relatives or friends, who have attained the age of 18 years, as younger Clanswomen

SUBSCRIPTION - $90 per person
DRESS CODE
Lads - Kilt - Black Tie - Lounge suit
Lassies - Cocktail - After 5

PARKING
Onsite parking within the College precinct

RSVP by 8 JULY 2016

Download the Invitation / Flyer

THE SOCIETY OF ST. ANDREW OF SCOTLAND (QUEENSLAND) LIMITED
P.O. Box 3233 South Brisbane BC QLD 4101

PATRON
Prof. Ian Frazer, AC, FRS

CHIEFTAIN
R.D. Porteous, Esq

CHAPLAIN
The Reverend Graeme McKay

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CHAPLAIN
Rev. Archie MacNicol

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BOARD OF GOVERNORS
P.R Nicol, Esq, DUrr, FSA Scot. (President)

 

BOLTON, D.G.F. Esq McCONNELL, A.J Esq DUa
BURNS, R.J.F. Esq DUa McDONALD, D.F. Esq QPM
CAMPBELL, T.C. Esq DUa FSA Scot MUIR, A.J. Esq. OAM
DEHAYR, M.W. Esq DUa NICOL, P.R.W. Esq DUrr FSA Scot (President)
FERGUSON, I.M. Esq DUa (Immed. Past President) PORTEOUS, R.D. Esq (Chieftain)
FERGUSON, M.J. Esq DUrr FSA Scot STEWART, L.G. Esq
FLEHR, K.G. Esq FSA Scot THOMSON, M.D. Esq
GALLOWAY, D.W.H. Esq VAUDIN, J.B. Esq ISM QPSM DUa (Vice President)
GILL, Prof S. Esq WORRELL, J.P.M Esq
GUNN, G.N. Esq WORRELL, J.R.I. Esq
KENNEDY, A.S. Esq  
 MALCOLMSON, S.D. Esq FSA Scot  

 

COUNCIL

BOLTON, D.G.F. Esq McNEE, A.J.K. Esq (Hon. Secretary)
DE HAYR, M.W. Esq DUa MALCOLMSON, S.D Esq FSA Scot
FLEHR, K.G. Esq FSA Scot PORTEOUS, A. Esq
GALLOWAY, D.W.H. Esq (Immed. Past Chairman) PORTEOUS, R.D. Esq
GUNN, G.N. Esq VAUDIN J.B. Esq ISM QPSM DUa
LUNNY, J. Esq WILSON, A.N. Esq
McCABE, A.H. Esq WORRELL, J.P.M Esq (Chairman + Editor)
McCONNELL, A.J Esq DUa (Deputy Chairman + Hon. Treasurer) WORRELL, J.R.I. Esq (Assistant Editor)
McHARDY, C. Esq  

 

(The Constitution provides that the President of a Branch shall be
a "Member of the Executive Council ex officio.")

 DARLING DOWNS EXECUTIVE 

CRAIG, R.J. Esq LESLIE, M.W. Esq (Patron and Treasurer)
FINLAYSON, B.M. Esq MacDONALD, S. Esq (President) OAM
FLEHR, K.G. Esq (Secretary) McPHIE, A.C. Esq
GRAHAM, G.Y. Esq (Vice President) TILLOTSON, R.J. Esq (Vice President)
HENDERSON, D.W. Esq YOUNG, J.R. Esq
LANCASTER-SMITH, J. Esq  

FELLOWS OF THE SOCIETY OF ST ANDREW OF SCOTLAND (QLD)

 

D.G.F. Bolton, Esq
Maurie W. DE HAYR, M.W. Esq DUa
Robert Douglas PORTEOUS, Esq
Donald F. McDONALD, Esq
A. MUIR, OAM
Leslie G. STEWART, Esq
John B. VAUDIN, Esq ISM QPSM DUa
 


The Board of Governors: The Board is charged with the management and control of the Society and is composed of members appointed for life or until resignation is accepted. They have power to appoint other members of the Society to the Board to fill any vacancies.

Executive Council: The Board has delegated authority to a Council to carry out the general administration of the Society within the terms of policy laid down by the Board.

Branches: Provision has been made for the formation of District Branches. Branches are well established at Bundaberg, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Darling Downs.

Foundation President: The Foundation President of the Society was the late Major-General The Hon. Sir William Glasgow, K.C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., V.D.

Activities: There is, in short, no worthwhile enterprise in keeping with the objects of the Society which will not come within the ultimate aim of the Society. The Society has already given support to such worthy causes as: St. Andrew's War Memorial Hospital, The Royal Flying Doctor Service, St. Paul's Church Restoration Fund, Emmanuel College, The Presbyterian Aged Persons Complexes and many others. In addition, Bursaries have been established for The Scots PGC College at Warwick and Fairholm College at Toowoomba, Toowoomba Grammar, Brisbane Boys' College, Clayfield College, Sommerville House, Emmanuel College, Brisbane. These are but a few of the many worthwhile enterprises supported or sponsored by the Society. To these ends, the Society will continually accept donations or legacies for any such purpose.

Composition: The Society is composed of responsible persons who are anxious and determined, that the Queensland Scottish element will play its full part within the State, the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth of Nations in conformity with the high principles of honesty, integrity, industry and loyalty, laid down and zealously guarded by our forefathers.

An invitation is now extended to stand 'Shoulder to Shoulder' with others of similar origins and loyalties to your own. The subscription has been deliberately kept low, so that all who are eligible and who subscribe to the objects of the Society may embrace this opportunity to serve, in an organised manner, the causes dear to their hearts.

TO BE UPDATED

 

THE SOCIETY OF ST. ANDREW OF SCOTLAND (QUEENSLAND) LIMITED
P.O. Box 3233 South Brisbane BC QLD 4101

PATRON
Prof. Ian Frazer, AC, FRS

CHIEFTAIN
R.D. Porteous, Esq

CHAPLAIN
The Reverend Graeme McKay

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CHAPLAIN
Rev. Archie MacNicol

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BOARD OF GOVERNORS
P.R Nicol, Esq, DUrr, FSA Scot. (President)

 

BOLTON, D.G.F. Esq McCONNELL, A.J Esq DUa
BURNS, R.J.F. Esq DUa McDONALD, D.F. Esq QPM
CAMPBELL, T.C. Esq DUa FSA Scot MUIR, A.J. Esq. OAM
DEHAYR, M.W. Esq DUa NICOL, P.R.W. Esq DUrr FSA Scot (President)
FERGUSON, I.M. Esq DUa (Immed. Past President) PORTEOUS, R.D. Esq (Chieftain)
FERGUSON, M.J. Esq DUrr FSA Scot STEWART, L.G. Esq
FLEHR, K.G. Esq FSA Scot THOMSON, M.D. Esq
GALLOWAY, D.W.H. Esq VAUDIN, J.B. Esq ISM QPSM DUa (Vice President)
GILL, Prof S. Esq WORRELL, J.P.M Esq
GUNN, G.N. Esq WORRELL, J.R.I. Esq
KENNEDY, A.S. Esq  
 MALCOLMSON, S.D. Esq FSA Scot  

 

COUNCIL

BOLTON, D.G.F. Esq McNEE, A.J.K. Esq (Hon. Secretary)
DE HAYR, M.W. Esq DUa MALCOLMSON, S.D Esq FSA Scot
FLEHR, K.G. Esq FSA Scot PORTEOUS, A. Esq
GALLOWAY, D.W.H. Esq (Immed. Past Chairman) PORTEOUS, R.D. Esq
GUNN, G.N. Esq VAUDIN J.B. Esq ISM QPSM DUa
LUNNY, J. Esq WILSON, A.N. Esq
McCABE, A.H. Esq WORRELL, J.P.M Esq (Chairman + Editor)
McCONNELL, A.J Esq DUa (Deputy Chairman + Hon. Treasurer) WORRELL, J.R.I. Esq (Assistant Editor)
McHARDY, C. Esq  

 

(The Constitution provides that the President of a Branch shall be
a "Member of the Executive Council ex officio.")

 DARLING DOWNS EXECUTIVE 

CRAIG, R.J. Esq LESLIE, M.W. Esq (Patron and Treasurer)
FINLAYSON, B.M. Esq MacDONALD, S. Esq (President) OAM
FLEHR, K.G. Esq (Secretary) McPHIE, A.C. Esq
GRAHAM, G.Y. Esq (Vice President) TILLOTSON, R.J. Esq (Vice President)
HENDERSON, D.W. Esq YOUNG, J.R. Esq
LANCASTER-SMITH, J. Esq  

FELLOWS OF THE SOCIETY OF ST ANDREW OF SCOTLAND (QLD)

 

D.G.F. Bolton, Esq
Maurie W. DE HAYR, M.W. Esq DUa
Robert Douglas PORTEOUS, Esq
Donald F. McDONALD, Esq
A. MUIR, OAM
Leslie G. STEWART, Esq
John B. VAUDIN, Esq ISM QPSM DUa
 


The Board of Governors: The Board is charged with the management and control of the Society and is composed of members appointed for life or until resignation is accepted. They have power to appoint other members of the Society to the Board to fill any vacancies.

Executive Council: The Board has delegated authority to a Council to carry out the general administration of the Society within the terms of policy laid down by the Board.

Branches: Provision has been made for the formation of District Branches. Branches are well established at Bundaberg, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Darling Downs.

Foundation President: The Foundation President of the Society was the late Major-General The Hon. Sir William Glasgow, K.C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., V.D.

Activities: There is, in short, no worthwhile enterprise in keeping with the objects of the Society which will not come within the ultimate aim of the Society. The Society has already given support to such worthy causes as: St. Andrew's War Memorial Hospital, The Royal Flying Doctor Service, St. Paul's Church Restoration Fund, Emmanuel College, The Presbyterian Aged Persons Complexes and many others. In addition, Bursaries have been established for The Scots PGC College at Warwick and Fairholm College at Toowoomba, Toowoomba Grammar, Brisbane Boys' College, Clayfield College, Sommerville House, Emmanuel College, Brisbane. These are but a few of the many worthwhile enterprises supported or sponsored by the Society. To these ends, the Society will continually accept donations or legacies for any such purpose.

Composition: The Society is composed of responsible persons who are anxious and determined, that the Queensland Scottish element will play its full part within the State, the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth of Nations in conformity with the high principles of honesty, integrity, industry and loyalty, laid down and zealously guarded by our forefathers.

An invitation is now extended to stand 'Shoulder to Shoulder' with others of similar origins and loyalties to your own. The subscription has been deliberately kept low, so that all who are eligible and who subscribe to the objects of the Society may embrace this opportunity to serve, in an organised manner, the causes dear to their hearts.

Laphroaig Whisky Tasting

Regrettably, this event has now sold out ...

The Society of St Andrew of Scotland, Queensland is proud to host a special Whisky Tasting event in collaboration with Laphroaig®

You can enjoy the company of John Campbell, Laphroaig’s® Distillery Manager, who will lead us through the distilling process, Laphroaig’s® history and a tasting of a number of very special whiskies not normally available in Australia.

The event is on October 4 at Malt Dining, 28 Market St, Brisbane.

Download a PDF invite for all details of the event.

 

BURSARIES AWARDED 2007/2008

 

The D. M. Fraser Memorial Bursary Christopher Lilburne
Emmanuel College,
University of Qld
The A. H. MacKenzie Memorial Bursary Thomas Craig Bennett
Brisbane Boys’ College, Brisbane
The George C. Reid Memorial Bursary Kathryn Tesch
Clayfield College, Brisbane
The Professor W. M. Kyle Memorial Bursary Melinda Simmons
Fairholme College, Toowoomba
The A. D. McGill Memorial Bursary Eliza McDougall
The Scots PGC College, Warwick
The Robert Steele Memorial Bursary Tamara Bondfield
The Scots PGC College, Warwick
The W. M. J. Crawford Memorial Bursary Rebecca Harris
The Scots PGC College, Warwick
The Rupert Newman Memorial Bursary Brianna Towers
Somerville House, Brisbane
The Sir Bruce Shearer Memorial Bursary Catherine Ure
Somerville House, Brisbane
The Dr. A. Gordon Grant Memorial Bursary Christopher Charles Jackson
Toowoomba Grammar School,
Toowoomba
The Dr. A. D. A. Mayes Memorial Bursary: Adam Timothy Wood
Toowoomba Grammar School,
Toowoomba
The Dr. H. Stuart Patterson, AM, O.StJ. Memorial Bursary No Award This Year

The book “Outback Achiever – Fred McKay, Successor to Flynn of the Inland” was sent for presentation to each Bursary winner at the Speech Day at the end of the school year.

Younger Clansmen are presented annually at the Mens' Dinner.

The Younger Clansmen listed below were presented to the President of the Board of Governors, Mr. K. G. Flehr, F.S.A.Scot,  the Patron of the Society, Hon. B. H. McPherson, CBE, and the Guest Speaker, at the Annual Dinner.

Younger Clansmen Presented By
No names supplied  

Younger Clansmen, following their presentation, are given an Application for Membership of the Society, and are granted their first year of membership without fee. They are also presented with copies of the excellent books "Outback Achiever" and "Wherever the Saltire Flies".

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The three principal Objects of the Society are:—

  • To encourage, maintain and foster loyalty to God, the Sovereign and the Commonwealth of Nations.

  • To initiate, maintain, advance and/or support all approved activities and institutions of a Scottish character.

  • To promote and foster the interests of all things Scottish and the consideration and full discussion of all matters, questions and things relating to or affecting the interests of the Society.

The Society is affiliated with
"The St. Andrew Society" Edinburgh.

Eligibility for Membership:

Ordinary membership is restricted to persons of eighteen years or over, subscribing to the objects of the Society.

Associate membership is available to persons of eighteen years or over, subscribing to the objects of the Society.

Note: By the rules of the Constitution, associate members are not eligible for appointment as office bearers of the Society (which includes Branches), to the Council, or to the Board of Governors; nor can they vote in any postal ballot to change the rules of the Society  -  or attend General Meetings. 

Please return Membership Application form with your remittance to the:

The Honorary Secretary
Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Queensland) Limited
PO BOX 3233
SOUTH BRISBANE BC
QLD 4101

Ph (07) 3272 2321
Mobile 0421 771 228

 

Become a member by completing and returning the Membership Form

By Angus Edmonds

Whatever else Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code has or has not achieved, it has raised awareness of how difficult it can be to determine the exact origins of human institutions and organizations. Eye witness accounts, as those involved in police and court work know too well, are not the reliable sources they appear to be. Documents sometimes hide as much of the truth as they reveal – meeting minutes are notoriously vague and often conceal the ‘heat’ of debate in the ‘cool’ formality of recorded decisions.

Although a work of fiction, The Da Vinci Code addresses historical matters some hundreds of years past, indeed ultimately two thousand years past to the earliest days of the Church. The Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Queensland) Limited has a history of close on sixty years (2007 will be the Society’s Sixtieth Jubilee year), a trifle compared to the age of the Church. Yet, we face the same problems of identifying how and when the Society came into being.

The Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Qld) Limited is Queensland's Scottish society that welcomes all Scots, those with Scottish ancestry those who enjoy Scottish culture, music, dancing and having fun. There are a few kilt-wearing Scots amongst us but it is truly an international gathering. There are so many Scottish customs and traditions that only a few can be mentioned in this cultural introduction.

Words that conjure up the vision and the life of Scotland include Haggis, Shortbread, Salmon, Venison, Scotch Broth, Kilts, Tartan, Highland Games and the world famous Bagpipes. Read More on Scottish Culture

Details outlining the annual events which we organise, can be viewed on this website with full details to be found on the Events page.

If you want to check out, rehearse or simply remember some of the dances we have included in our events, the Scottish Dances section on this website might prove helpful.

If you are interested in becoming a member or would like to be put on the mailing list and receive notification please let us know personally, through the form on this page or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Qld) Limited was formed in Brisbane during 1947 by the following Foundation Members:

  • Major-General The Hon. Sir Wm. GLASGOW, K.C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., B.D.
  • W.R.F. BOLTON, Esq., M.B.E., A.A.S.A., A.C.I.S., A.M. Inst. T.
  • ROBERT S. BYRNES, Esq., M.B.E., B.A.
  • GEO. A. CAMERON, Esq.
  • Dr. H. CRAWFORD, M.B., B.S., F.R.A.C.S.
  • D.M.   FRASER, Esq., LL.B.
  • Group Capt. A.G. GRANT, O.B.E., M.B., B.S., Ph.C.
  • A.R. KELLY, Esq.
  • R.A. KERR, Esq., M.A., B.Sc.
  • Professor W.M. KYLE, M.A.
  • A.V. LOGAN, Esq.
  • F.E. LOXTON, Esq. B.A.
  • H.F.Y. MARSHALL, Esq. A.C.I.S., A.A.S.A.
  • Lt. Colonel ALEX MELDRUM, D.S.O.
  • H.C. MORROW, Esq.
  • A.P. MUIR, Esq. B.A., LL.M
  • A.D. McGILL, Esq., B.A., Q.C.
  • W/Cdr. Rev. J.F. McKAY, C.M.G, O.B.E., M.A., B.D.
  • Sir FERGUS McMASTER, Kt.
  • DUNCAN McWHIRTER, Esq.
  • J.W. PEDEN, Esq., F.C.A. (Aust.)
  • G.C. REID, Esq., M.C.
  • S.A. RENNIE, Esq.
  • Hon. W. FORGAN SMITH, LL.D.
  • R.G. STEELE, Esq.
  • J.S.R. WYLLIE, Esq.

Sir William GlasgowNOTE: A statue of the founding President previously was located opposite the Pullman Brisbane King George Square (Formerly The Sebel & Citigate King George Square Brisbane, Carlton Crest) on the small park boarded by Albert Street, Roma Street and Turbot Street overpass. This statue has now been relocated to Post Office Square in the CBD. This statue was funded by a fund set up by our members with Sir Reg Groom as Chairman.

Please click on the image to see the constitution for The Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Queensland) Limited.

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Bursaries Awarded by The Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Queensland) include:

  • D.M. Fraser Memorial Bursary; Emmanuel College, University of Queensland
  • Dr A. Gordon Grant Memorial Bursary; Toowoomba Grammar School, Toowoomba
  • Professor W.M. Kylie Memorial Bursary; Fairholme College, Toowoomba
  • A.H. Mackenzie Memorial Bursary; Brisbane Boys College, Brisbane
  • Dr. A.D.A Mayes Memorial Bursary; Toowoomba Grammar School, Toowoomba
  • A.D. McGill Memorial Bursary; Scots/PGC College, Warwick
  • Rupert Newman Memorial Bursary; Somerville House, Brisbane
  • Dr. H. Stuart Patterson Bursary; Ipswich Grammar School, Ipswich
  • George C. Reid Memorial Bursary; Clayfield College, Brisbane
  • Sir Bruce Shearer Memorial Bursary; Somerville House, Brisbane
  • Robert Steele Memorial Bursary; Scots/PGC College, Warwick
  • Dr. W. J. Crawford Memorial Bursary

PETRIE PROJECTS

Construction and Development Management

Contact: John Petrie

www.petrieprojects.com.au

PO Box 786 Paddington Qld 4064

 

BOWSER & LEVER/ LYNDON AGENCIES

37 Victoria Street, Windsor - Brisbane Ph: (07) 3857 7788

215 Evans Road, Salisbury - Brisbane Ph: (07) 3274 4199

2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh - Gold Coast Ph: (07) 5593 5050

 

TRACEY MATHERS SHOE STUDIO

Tattersall's Arcade, Brisbane Ph: (07) 3210 0726

Pacific Fair, Broadbeach Ph: (07) 5572 3152

Carindale Shopping Centre Ph: (07) 3395 3833

Indooroopilly Shoppingtown Ph: (07) 3720 1273

 

PRD REALTY

Contact Graham Stehn 

Brisbane Corporate Office Ph: (07) 3229 3344

 

HIGHLAND HOUSE

Highland House

Specialising in formal highland wear and hire. Mail orders very welcome.

- makers of traditionsl handcrafted kilts
- importers of all pipe band and piping equipment
- highland dancing uniforms , cd's and text books
- specialists at quotes for pipe band uniforms and instruments
- highland house own brand of pumps
- full kilt hire
- scottish giftware
- celtic and traditional jewellry
- piper and dress dirks, sporran flask, sgian dughs
- importers of fine Edinbrugh crystal

102 Lower Cairns Tce, Red Hill Qld 4059

Ph: (07) 3369 4014 Fax: (07) 3217 5892

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web: www.highlandhouse.com.au

 

 

SUNSHINE COAST BRANCH

 

Patron Ms. Fiona SIMPSON M.L.A
President G. CLEIGHTON-HILLS, Esq.
Vice-President D.E. FORSYTH, Esq.
Hon. Secretary P.J. KEDDIE, Esq.
Hon. Treasurer Mrs. M. BRADBURN
Committee Members R.J. CARMICHAEL, Esq.
  B. KENNETT, Esq.
  Ms G.J.M. KEDDIE
  Ms. L.J. CLEIGHTON-HILLS
   
Chaplain Rev. K. MAYERS
Hon. Piper R. GROGAN, Esq.


GOLD COAST BRANCH

 

President I.W. PERT, Esq.
Vice-President Maj. R.W. EASTGATE, O.A.M.
Hon. Secretary I.L.M.FORRESTER, Esq.
Hon. Treasurer B. PERT, Esq.
Committee Members I.L.M. FORRESTER, Esq.
  A.J. LOVELL, Esq.
  R. IVES, Esq.
  J. MacDONALD, Esq.


DARLING DOWNS BRANCH

 

Patron Dr J. BLAIKIE Esq.
President K. G. FLEHR Esq.
Vice-President D.W. HENDERSON, Esq.
Secretary/Treasurer M.W. LESLIE, Esq.
Committee Members G.Y. GRAHAM, Esq. (Membership Director)
  J. DOIG, Esq.
  J. YOUNG, Esq.
  R. CRAIG, Esq.
  G. DOCHERTY, Esq.

Professor Ian Frazer

The Patron of the Society fo St Andrew of Scotland (Qld) is Professor Ian Frazer.

Professor Ian Frazer was born in 1953 in Glasgow, Scotland, into an academic family. He studied medicine at Edinburgh University and trained as a renal physician and clinical immunologist. He received a BSc(Med) in 1974 and an MB ChB in 1977. In 1974, as part of his studies, Frazer spent three months at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne. In 1981 Frazer returned to the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute where he continued his clinical training and undertook studies in viral immunology and autoimmunity and became particularly interested in human papilloma viruses (HPV). In 1985 he took up a teaching position with the University of Queensland. When he moved to Brisbane he decided to continue his work with HPV, in particular HPV and cervical cancer. He was awarded a MD from the University of Melbourne in 1988. The work of Frazer with his colleague, the late molecular virologist Dr Jian Zhou, has led to the development of a vaccine which prevents infection with HPV and cervical cancer.

Frazer is currently CEO and Director of Research at the Translational Research Institute (TRI).

 

For more information on our Patron please see Science Australia

 

Previous Patrons of the Society:

2004-2013

The Honourable Bruce H. McPherson, C.B.E.

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The Honourable Bruce Harvey McPherson was the immediate past Patron of the Society. He died on Monday, 7 October 2013, at the age of 77 years.

The Honourable Bruce McPherson served as Judge of Appeal, Queensland Court of Appeal (1991–2006), Senior Puisine Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland (1990–1991), and Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland (1982–1990).

Having retired from the Court of Appeal, he was honoured with a Festschrift honouring his contribution to the State of Queensland and the legal system. It was only the fifth time in Australian history and the second time in Queensland that a Festschrift – where elite members of a profession contribute essays on subjects where the recipient excelled – has been used to honour a retiree. (It is noted that the only other Queenslander to be honoured with a Festschrift is also a member of the Society of St Andrew of Scotland [Queensland], Maj. Gen. Prof. John Pearn.)

Justice McPherson, who served as a Supreme Court Justice from 1982, was the last remaining member of Queensland’s original Court of Appeal, formed in 1991. He was made Senior Puisine Judge in 1990 and took silk as a QC in 1995. Justice McPherson continued to sit on the Appeals Courts of a number of South Pacific nations after his retirement.

Mr Justice McPherson retired on September 22 having presided over some of the most important appeal judgements in Queensland history. A total of 29 legal figures have contributed to the Festschrift including the High Court’s Chief Justice Murray Gleeson, the High Court’s Justice Ian Callinan and Queensland’s Chief Justice Paul de Jersey.

The Festschrift has been hailed by some of the world’s leading legal figures. Britain’s former Lord of Appeals in ordinary, Lord Millett of St Marylebone said the Festschrift was a timely honour for an outstanding judge who was perhaps the greatest produced in Queensland. The former Solicitor General for England and Wales Professor Ross Cranston said it was a fine tribute to an outstanding scholar and judge. The Board of Governors, the Executive Council and all members of the Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Queensland) extend very best wishes to Bruce and Jackie with the many years of retirement ahead. (Although I’m sure Judge McPherson will not have an idle retirement).

 

198? - 2004

The Honourable Sir Walter Benjamin Campbell AC, QC. Dso Mc Ma Llb

 

Sir Walter Campbell was an Australian judge, administrator and governor. He was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland, Chancellor of the University of Queensland, and Governor of Queensland

Walter Benjamin Campbell was born in Burringbar NSW 4 March 1921.  He was a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland, Chancellor of the University of Queensland and Governor of Queensland.

He attended St Mary’s College for his early and intermediate education. He attended Downlands College 1937-1939 where he proved to be a model student and sportsman. He impressed his teachers at all levels of his education and was elected College Captain in his final year at Downlands.

He received an open scholarship to the University of Queensland in 1940 where he distinguished himself as a brilliant Law student.  In 1941 Sir Walter had an interruption to his studies to take up service in the Royal Australian Air Force.  He passed his pilot’s examination and was assigned to the 67th Reserve Squadron.  He graduated from University in 1948 with first class honours in Law. 

Walter Campbell’s career led him to the position of a leading Queens Counsel and Queensland Chief Justice.  His practice took him as high in the legal world as the Privy Council in London.   He was Chairman of the Remuneration Tribunal and Academic Salaries Tribunal (Commonwealth) from 1974. He was also President of the Bar Association of Queensland 1965-67, President of the Australian Bar Association 1966-67 and Member of the Executive Law Council of Australia 1965-67. He was Chancellor of the University of Queensland 1977 and a member of the Board of Faculty of Law in the University. He was a Director of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and a Deputy Director of the Queensland Theatre Company Trust from 1969.

Walter Campbell was appointed Governor of Queensland 22 July 1985. In his capacity as Governor he proved himself a doyen in the art of public relations, always carrying out his office with geniality and precision.

He enjoyed sport and delighted in fishing whenever the opportunity arrived. He was a member of the Royal Queensland Golf Club and always enjoyed any opportunity to be on the green.

Walter Campbell was appointed a Knight Bachelor in 1979.  He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 1989 and on the 1st January 2001, he was awarded the Centenary Medal.

Sir Walter Benjamin Campbell passed away on the 4th September 2004, he was 83 years of age.

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The Honourable Sir Walter CAMPBELL, A.C. Q.C. 

Formerly Patron of The Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Queensland)

Formerly Governor of Queensland: 22nd July 1985 - 29th July 1992

 

Obituary: 

Sir Walter Campbell, the former Governor of Queensland who has died aged 83, had to cope with the antics of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, the Premier whose long grip on power ended in gross scandal.

Campbell might have been born to the task. He had strength of character, shrewdness and learning; he practised diplomacy and tact, and had a cheerful nature. Too late, the premier found out that he could run no risks with such a governor.

When Bjelke-Petersen's party eventually soured on him in 1987, he waited until the Queensland Parliament had gone into recess. Then, in a desperate effort to hang on to the leadership, he moved to reconstruct his government by sacking five ministers.

But as the new ministers arrived at Government House for the swearing-in, the governor objected "in no uncertain way", Bjelke-Petersen recalled.

Campbell refused to accept the dismissals until he was sure that the premier could retain the confidence and support of his party; and with the government engulfed in scandal, there was no chance of a vote of confidence being passed. So the premier kept within his rights by dismissing only three ministers.

In his memoirs, Bjelke-Petersen maintained that the governor had caused delays over some days that proved fatal, though he said that he was not alleging this was done deliberately. In fact, his party's formal vote for another leader sealed his fate.

When Bjelke-Petersen refused to go, the governor judged it unnecessary to use his reserve powers to remove him, and was duly proven right when the premier was eventually persuaded to go.

As Bjelke-Petersen handed Campbell a letter at Government House, he said: "Well, Wally, old fella, you ought to be proud of yourself. You've done a mighty job, and I want to congratulate you. In the years to come I hope you have many proud, happy memories of what you've done. Good on you, old fella, Cheerio."

On the way out, he told a secretary "I'll never darken these doors again", thus ending a premiership that had lasted 19 turbulent years.

Ironically, it was because of Bjelke-Petersen's taste for intrigue that Campbell went to the governor's residence. Campbell had been a justice of the Queensland Supreme Court for 15 years when, in 1982, the post of Chief Justice fell vacant.

Bjelke-Petersen refused to accept a senior puisne judge, who had voted Labour in an election 10 years before. However the Liberals, who were the junior partners in a coalition government, refused to accept his choice, a more junior judge. As a result both sides compromised in appointing Campbell to the post.

Campbell was Chief Justice for three and a half years before his translation to governor; but this was long enough to show that he was no one's poodle.

When the Bjelke-Petersen government prepared some particularly badly drafted child welfare legislation, Campbell declared that it was in part nonsense and a garbled mixture full of difficulties which needed rewriting. The mystery was how Bjelke-Petersen could have accepted Campbell as the next governor.

It was thought that he wanted a new chief justice, and expected Campbell to be neutered by his new role. Other chief justices had moved on to Government House, without any problem.

Bjelke-Petersen could say that in 40 years of political life, nearly half of them as premier, previous governors had always accepted his advice. But, of course, no governor could accept advice unless it was constitutionally sound.

In the months leading up to Bjelke-Petersen's downfall, Campbell had to look on as revelations of corruption in the Bjelke-Petersen regime began to unfold publicly.

An official inquiry into police corruption spread until the government found itself hopelessly compromised. Five cabinet ministers were jailed; a sixth died while awaiting trial; and retribution overtook many lesser fry. Sir Joh (appointed KCMG in 1984) became the 213th person to be charged.

He was accused of perjury before the royal commission; but the jury, led by a 20-year-old member of the Young National Party, failed to reach a verdict after retiring for more than 60 hours.

Although there was an announcement that the Jury Act would be amended to enable Bjelke-Petersen to be tried again, it was eventually decided that, in the light of Sir Joh's 80 years and the uncertainty about whether witnesses would return from abroad, to abandon a retrial. By then Queensland had a Labour government.

Walter Benjamin Campbell was born at Burringbar, northern New South Wales, on March 4 1921. He was educated at Downlands College, Toowoomba, and Queensland University. After spending the war as an RAAF flying instructor, he completed degrees in Arts and Law.

In 1948 he was admitted to the Queensland Bar, taking silk 13 years later having acquired a reputation for ability and ethical standards. From 1966 to 1967, he was president of the Australian Bar Association.

In his short time as chief justice, he helped to haul the court into modern times, introducing significant administrative improvements, replacing the antique office equipment and providing secretaries.

Campbell was at various times Chancellor of Queensland University, President of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, Chairman of the Churchill Memorial Trust selection committee, and Chairman of the Law Reform Commission.

He also chaired the Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal and was sole member of the Commonwealth Academic Salaries Tribunal. Somewhere amid all this and the responsibilities of a family man, he found time for golf and for reading.

Campbell proved a popular governor throughout his seven years in office; and he demonstrated his continuing belief in Australia's constitution by writing a spirited letter to The Daily Telegraph in 1993, pointing out that most Australians did not share the lust for constitutional change of the Labour prime minister Paul Keating.

Walter Campbell was appointed KB in 1979 and AC 1989. In 1942, he married Georgina Pearce; they had three children.