RHSQ Council in 2020. L-R back row: Dean Prangley, Lisa Jackson, Elizabeth Nunn, Ros Lauder, Janet Prowse, Jeff Brunne, Rebecca Ling, Sophie West (Manager), John Pearn. L-R front row: Denver Beanland, Barrie Rollason, Ruth Kerr, Stephen Sheaffe

Management and Leadership

The Royal Historical Society of Queensland is led by a Council. The Council is chaired by the President, who is supported by the Vice President, Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer, Immediate Past President and up to 10 councillors.

The Council is supported by a series of committees that are responsible for overseeing various activities of the Society and reporting on those activities to Council.

Nominations for all Council positions are called prior to the Annual General Meeting.

The Society is grateful for the tireless effort of the many individuals who so freely give their time to serve on the Council, a Committee or through another volunteer role.

RoleOfficer Bearer
PresidentDenver Beanland
Vice PresidentMichael Halliday
Honorary SecretaryRuth Kerr
Honorary TreasurerBarrie Rollason
CouncillorDean Prangley
CouncillorRebecca Ling
CouncillorJohn Pearn
CouncillorJanet Prowse
CouncillorMaryanne Pender
CouncillorJeff Brunne
CouncillorRos Lauder
CouncillorLisa Jackson
CouncillorDan Morgan
CouncillorElizabeth Nunn
Immediate Past PresidentStephen Sheaffe

RHSQ Committees

The Committee structure is determined by Council. Committee chairpersons and members are appointed at the first Council meeting following the Annual General Meeting. From time to time, the Council may change the committee structure or change committee membership during the year.

Awards CommitteeRuth KerrDenver Beanland, John Pearn, Stephen Sheaffe
'Dig Tree' CommitteeDenver BeanlandStephen Sheaffe, Ruth Kerr, Dean Prangley, John Pearn, Anne Jones, Ros Lauder
John and Ruth Kerr Medal of Distinction CommitteeDenver BeanlandJanet Prowse, John Pearn
Library and Research CommitteeRuth KerrRuth Kerr- Library Manager, Kay Cohen - Hon Research Co-ordinator
Marketing CommitteeJeff BrunneRos Lauder, Dean Prangley
Membership CommitteeMichael HallidayDenver Beanland, Ruth Kerr, Noel Fawkes, Lisa Jackson
Museum CommitteeDean PrangleyTim Roberts, Graeme Nicholson, Dion Rowe, Frederick Carter, Lisa Jackson, Jeff Brunne, Elizabeth Nunn, Judith McKay
Organisational Sustainability CommitteeJeff BrunneStephen Sheaffe, Ruth Kerr
Program CommitteeMichael HallidayStephen Sheaffe, Dan Morgan, Janet Prowse
Publications CommitteeMargaret KowaldRuth Kerr, Jan Wegner, Graeme Nicholson
Queen's Wharf Road Precinct (Brisbane) CommitteeStephen SheaffeDean Prangley, Denver Beanland, Ruth Kerr, Dan Morgan


The following supporting roles exist outside the committee structure although report to and are appointed by Council in the same way as the committees.

Brisbane Living Heritage Network RepresentativeGlenda Sheaffe
Bulletin EditorGraeme Nicholson
e-Hive Account ManagerTim Roberts
Federation of Australian Historical Societies RepresentativesMichael Halliday and Tim Roberts
Grants Co-Ordinator Rebecca Ling
Museum CuratorSophie West
Museum Exhibition AssistantsFrederick Carter, Dominique Baines
National Archives of Australia Brisbane Consultative Forum RepresentativesRuth Kerr, Elizabeth Nunn
Queensland Day Dinner and Separation Day Celebrations Maryanne Pender
Queensland History Journal Editorial TeamEditor Margaret Kowald supported by Assistant Editors Ruth Kerr and Jan Wegner
Queensland State Archives Consultative CommitteeRuth Kerr, Elizabeth Nunn
Web content managerDeana Hamwood


The Royal Historical Society of Queensland is indebted to our previous Presidents for their work and dedication to the Society. In this section we take note of those people who have made a contribution to our Society through their leadership in this demanding role.

26Stephen Sheaffe2017 - 2020
25Dean Prangley2014 - 2017
24Helen Brackin2012 - 2014
23Carolyn Nolan2009 - 2012
22Denver Beanland2007 - 2009
21Jean Stewart2004 - 2007
20Ian Hadwen2001 - 2004
19Stephen Sheaffe1998 - 2001
18Michael White1995 - 1998
17Ruth Kerr1992 - 1995
16Ron Wood1989 - 1992
15Rod Mcleod1986 - 1989
14Drury Clarke1983 - 1986
13Norman Pixley1967 - 1983
12Sir Raphael Cilento1953 - 1967
11Allan Morrison1948 - 1953
10Henry Alcock1945 - 1948
9Raphael Cilento1943 - 1945
8Geoffrey Ward1941 - 1943
7Malcolm Campbell1940 - 1941
6Fergus McMaster1937 - 1940
5Thomas Welsby1936 - 1937
4Raphael Cilento1935 - 1936
3Inigo Jones1930 - 1935
2Francis Cumbrae-Stewart1917 - 1930
1Sir Arthur Morgan1913 - 1916