Our History



The origins of the Society have been notoriously difficult to track, with several different stories from over the years.

In 2006, member Angus Edmonds presented his thoughts.

The Society was formed in Brisbane during 1947 by our Foundation Members

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  • 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.
  • J.W. PEDEN, Esq., F.C.A. (Aust.)
  • G.C. REID, Esq., M.C.
  • S.A. RENNIE, Esq.
  • R.G. STEELE, Esq.
  • J.S.R. WYLLIE, Esq.

Our Founding President

Sir William Glasgow Memorial, Brisbane

The Sir William Glasgow Memorial was designed by Queensland sculptor Daphne Mayo and completed in 1964. It is in the form of a naturalistic bronze figure of Sir William, dressed in Australian Light Horse uniform and set on a granite plinth.

The bronze statue is approximately 2.5 metres high and set on a tapered plinth. Panels of grey granite clad the plinth and bear gilt inscriptions detailing Glasgow’s career and service record. A square, stone base that supports the plinth has recent inscriptions on the top face, northwest and southeast of the statue, labelling details of the memorial’s rededication on 2 February 2008.

It is significant for its connection with the life and work of the important Australian sculptor, Daphne Mayo, as her last major commissioned work.

The memorial was sponsored by a fund set up by Society members with Sir Reg Groom as Chairman. It is located in Post Office Square in the Brisbane CBD. Previously it was erected in the small park boarded by Albert Street, Roma Street and the Turbot Street overpass.

Dae Ya Ken?

As a bicentennial project in 1988, the Society of St Andrew of Scotland Queensland published a small book entitled ‘The Scots in Queensland’. This book gave a brief rundown on some 20 odd Scots who were instrumental in the development of Queensland. It is not a complete history by any means, but it demonstrates how important the Scots were in Queensland’s early years.

Scottish piper on the verandah of Garth House Wickham Terrace ca. 1876, the State Library of Queensland.

We look to Scotland for all of our ideas on civilisation.

French Writer, Voltaire