RHSQ Council for 2022-23. L-R: Barrie Rollason, Matthew Rowe, Rebecca Ling, Stephen Sheaffe, Judith McKay, Dean Prangley, Lesley Synge, Denver Beanland, Ruth Kerr, Daniel Morgan, Sophie West, Lisa Jackson, Tracie Dornbusch, John Pearn (bottom right).

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 AM
Vice PresidentMatthew Rowe
Honorary SecretaryRuth Kerr OAM
Honorary TreasurerBarrie Rollason
CouncillorDean Prangley
CouncillorTracie Dornbusch
CouncillorRebecca Ling
CouncillorLisa Jackson
CouncillorJudith McKay
CouncillorDan Morgan
CouncillorJohn Pearn
CouncillorSophie West
CouncillorLesley Synge
Immediate Past PresidentStephen Sheaffe AM

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
Building and Queen's Wharf Precinct CommitteeStephen SheaffeDean Prangley, Denver Beanland, Ruth Kerr, Dan Morgan, Matthew Rowe
'Dig Tree' CommitteeDenver BeanlandStephen Sheaffe, Ruth Kerr, Dean Prangley, John Pearn, Anne Jones, Ros Lauder
John and Ruth Kerr Medal for Distinction CommitteeDenver BeanlandRuth Kerr, John Pearn
Library and Research CommitteeRuth KerrKay Cohen, Helen Best, Dorothy Carroll, Ruth Boyce
Marketing and Membership CommitteeTracie DornbuschRos Lauder, Dean Prangley, Richard Hunt, Ruth Kerr, Noel Fawkes, Lesley Synge
Museum CommitteeDean PrangleyJudith McKay, Dion Rowe, Elizabeth Nunn, Desley Pedrazzini, Erica Long, Roslyn Mier, Graeme Nicholson, Jessica Parker, Sophie West
Program CommitteeMatthew RoweRuth Kerr, Dan Morgan, Lisa Jackson, Kay Saunders, Stephen Sheaffe, Glenda Sheaffe (Functions Coordinator)
Publications CommitteeMargaret KowaldRuth Kerr, Graeme Nicholson, Rod Kirkpatrick


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

ManagerHannah Orchard
Brisbane Living Heritage Network RepresentativeGlenda Sheaffe
Bulletin EditorGraeme Nicholson
Federation of Australian Historical Societies RepresentativesStephen Sheaffe, Ruth Kerr
Grants Coordinator Rebecca Ling
National Archives of Australia Brisbane Consultative Forum RepresentativesRuth Kerr, Elizabeth Nunn
Queensland History Journal Editorial TeamEditor Margaret Kowald supported by Assistant Editors Ruth Kerr and Jan Wegner
Queensland State Archives Consultative CommitteeRuth Kerr, Lisa Jackson


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