Society Structure

The Executive Council and Office Bearers



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.
Chaplain Rev. K. MAYERS
Hon. Piper R. GROGAN, Esq.



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.



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.

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:


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


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).


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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.

To read more about Sir Walter including an obituary please click Sir Walter Campbell


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



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.

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