2016 Annual Seminar – “A History of sport in Queensland”

2016 Annual Seminar – “A History of sport in Queensland”

th3Z3JHKZVQueenslanders are famous for their love of sport.  Join the RHSQ for a day of sporting history, celebrating some of Queensland’s lesser-known sporting icons.

  • Saturday 18 June 2016, 9am for 9.30am start with a finish time of approximately 1pm.
  • Our venue is the Commissariat Store, 115 William Street, BRISBANE
  • Cost: $30 (Members); $35 (Non-Members) which includes morning tea


Places are still available at the door on Saturday Morning. Registration opens at 9am.  Registrations / RSVP’s are essential by Thursday 16 June 2016 to the office. Unfortunately at this stage we are unable to offer online ticketing, to register your attendance, please do one of the following.

  1. Call us on 07 3221 4198
  2. email info@queenslandhistory.org.au
  3. fill out this form and return to the RHSQ

Never attended a RHSQ history seminar before? Our program for the day includes talks on the history of sport in Queensland. A space for questions is available after the talks, and morning tea is provided halfway through the program. If you have any queries about attending the event please contact the RHSQ via telephone or email.

Our speakers and topics for History of Sport in Queensland Seminar include:

Dr Mark Loan AM – Rugby Union in Queensland.

Dr Mark Loane AM is a former Rugby Union football player who played 89 games for Queensland and 28 tests for the Wallabies. His first test as national captain was the 1979 test against the All Blacks at the Sydney Cricket Ground which Australian won 12-6 to take the Bledisloe Cup for the first time in 30 years. Dr Loane has been awarded an Australian Sports Medal and inducted into the Australian Rugby Union Hall of Fame.

Gwen Welford BEM ASM – Lifesaving and Swimming.

In 2005 Gwen was designated ‘Lifesaver of the Century’ for Australia. Gwen has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to women’s swimming and the Australian Sports Medal for services to women’s sport. Gwen has given a lifetime to both swimming and lifesaving and remains on active patrol at the Neptune Life Saving Club at Tallebudgera of which she is a co-founder.

Professor John Pearn AO, RFD, MD Phd, DSC, MPhil, FFAHS – Sport Health and Medicine: Sporting evolution reflecting changes in societal mores. 

John Pearn rowed competitively for 10 years, stroked the Brisbane Grammer School First Eight and sculled (bronze medal) for Queensland in the Australian University Rowing Championships in 1960. John is a high altitude climber and has successfully climbed Mount Wilhelm, Mount Taranaki and Mount Kilimanjaro. John is an Honorary Life Member of the Royal Lifesaving Society and won the Masters Fold Medal in the Line Throw at the Australian Indoor Pool Life Savings Championships in 2016.

Steve Hadden – Queensland Rugby League

Toowoomba born and bred Steve Hadden has completed studies in Journalism, Drama and Australian History at the University of Southern Queensland. In 1990 Steve authored and self published The Power’s Bitter History of the New South Wales Rugby League Finals, the first ever history of what is now the National Rugby League. Another two editions followed including The Finals: 100 years of National Rugby League Finals. In 1992 Steve joined the Nine Network and from 1993 to 2010 worked as sports presenter and journalist with Nine News. Steve is currently working on a new book on the history of the Brisbane Rugby Leave from 1909 to 1987, before the advent of the Broncos.

Roger Brown – McIllwraith Croquet Club

McIlwraith Croquet Club was established in 1923 after the land was bequeathed to the Town of Toowong by Lady Harriette Ann McIlwraith (2nd wife of Sir Thomas McIlwraith, Premier of Queensland. The Club was ladies only until 1946, and the clubhouse was reconstructed after the 2011 floods.

Evan Fisher – Samford Valley Target Archers (formerly Grange Company of Archers)

The Samford Valley Target Archers started as the Grange Company of Target Archers Inc in 1947 and is the oldest and largest target archery club in Queensland. The club operates a target field and Indoor Archery Facility (A joint initiative of Moreton Bay Regional Council and Queensland Government) at Samford Archery Park in the Samford Parklands.