Farewell to our cherished members

Malcolm Donald Ramsay
30th October 1930 – 24th October 2006

Mal was born in Emerald, Central Queensland, the youngest of five children of William Joseph Ramsay and his wife, Frances. William was a train driver and was transferred to Rockhampton when Mal was aged ten. Mal attended Allanstown High School and then Rockhampton Technical College. His sporting interests included tennis and rugby league and he was active in the
Yeppoon Surf Lifesaving club. Later in life, his sporting interests would embrace tennis, squash and golf and competition game fishing. Mal went on to complete an electrical apprenticeship and worked for a time in Rockhampton, before working for Mt. Isa Mines, followed by a move to Brisbane. In Brisbane, he worked for AEI Electrics through the week and then headed for the Tallebudgera Surf Lifesaving Club for the weekend. Mal went on to further studies, earning a Diploma of Electrical
Engineering and also taught electrical apprentices at night at the Technical College.

It was at a dance held at the Annerley Bowls Club where Mal met Judy, and in 1955 they were married at St Andrew’s Church, South Brisbane, a marriage which lasted 52 years (tillMal’s passing) and produced five (5) children in seven (7) years (and eight
(8) grand children). In 1968, Mal went out on his own and founded a successful electrical engineering and manufacturing
company. In 1970, he visited Japan and so started a long trading relationship with a number of Japanese companies,
a relationship which was underpinned by only a gentleman’s agreement, which is termed a “Samurai to Samurai” agreement.
Competitive game fishing was one of Mal’s life long passions, and he fished not only throughout Australia, but around the world. Mal was a past president and life member of the Moreton Bay Game Fishing Club, the Queensland Game Fishing Club and the Game Fishing Association of Australia.

He was also an honorary member and adviser to the Japan Game Fish Association, which honoured him in 2002 with the “Onishi Award” for his “significant contribution to sports fishing in Japan”. Finally, he was involved with RecFish Australia from
its inception in 1983 and served as president for seven (7) years. Another area of Mal’s involvement was in Rotary and he was a founding charter member of the Rotary Club of Balmoral. He was involved in Rotary at many levels and held positions on
many committees and served a term as a branch president. Mal’s Rotary contributions were recognised through being awarded a “Paul Harris Fellow” in 1978 and a “Paul Harris Sapphire Award” in 1995. Judy was always of great support to Mal, and as a
Rotaryanne, she was also awarded a “Paul Harris Fellow” in 1993. The Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Queensland) which Mal joined in 1983 was one of his lasting dedications.

In 1986, Mal was invited to join the Executive Council and later became a member of the Board of Governors. Over the years, Mal has held the positions of Chairman of the Executive Council, President of the Society (1998 – 2001), and Public Officer of the Society. In 2004, Mal was honoured as a “Fellow of the Society”. Mal’s commitment and dedication to the Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Queensland) and his belief and support for all things Scottish was without question. It was full commitment, dedication and passion without compromise. The Society of St Andrew has lost one of its most valued and committed warriors, and to many, a friend.

Sunshine Coast Branch Committee Member and Former Branch Vice-President

In February, just before the Sunshine Coast branch held their annual Burns Supper, Bertie Kennett, one of the branches' most enthusiastic members, passed away.

Bert Kennett held various committee positions including Vice-President over a number of years. Even as his health was failing, he continued to help and enjoy the various functions of the Branch.


Chieftain - Bundaberg Branch

 Norm McDonald Smith was born at Newcastle-on-Tyne. His father was an infantry sergeant who was twice wounded in France in WW1, the second time at the battle of Ypres. They moved to Brisbane and Norm obtained a scholarship to the Gatton Collefe. Norm obtained full colours for rifle shooting and cricket and became a house prefect.

He obtained his Diploma in Agriculture in 1938 and was accepted as a Cadet Field Officer in the Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations. After Cadet training at Innisfail, he transferred to Bundabarg where he met and married Joan Limpus in 1944.

Norm saw service as an infantry platoon sergeant in Dutch New Guinea (now West Irian) and the island of Tarakan north east of Borneo. Norm served as depuyty chairman of the Gooburram Shire Council and was active in Legacy, Probus Club, National Fiteness, Cane Pests & Disease Control Board and the Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Queensland), where he held the position of Chieftain of the Bundaberg Branch for over twenty (20) years. Norm also was heavily involved in the Uniting Church.

Norm and Joan had four children; Pamela, Ian, Ross & Andrew as well as grandchildren and great grandchildren. Norm retired in 1985, and enjoyed golf, fishing and his orchids.

In the year 2000, Norm married his second wife, Roma and they had three happy years before she passed away in 2003.

One of the most committed to the cause, Norm will be much missed by the Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Queensland).

Gold Coast Branch Hon. Secretary

Just before going to press for the Albannaich (Vol.5 Ed.2 2006), Ian Forbes, the Hon. Secretary of the Gold Coast Branch of the Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Queensland), passed away suddenly.

Ian was a very committed member of the Gold Coast Branch and will be sadly missed. If possible, Ian's eulogy will appear in the next issue of "Albannaich"

It is with sadness that we report the passing of the following members of our society

John Francis BREW, Esq.

Dr. William George COBURN *

Br. Bruce Horth GUTTERIDGE

Ian McPHEE, Esq.

Douglas L. MURCHISON, Esq.

Douglas Gordon Murtagh MURPHY, Esq. *

Neil Alexander O'SULLIVAN, Esq.

Milton L. ROSS, Esq.

John Kenneth STEHBENS, Esq. (F)


(F) Fellow of the Society

* Life Member

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