About Our Society

Founded in 1913, the Royal Historical Society of Queensland is a vibrant organisation dedicated to promoting Queensland history for the benefit of our members, affiliated societies and the broader community.

As Queensland’s Peak History Body the Society presents an active program of events, publishes the quarterly award winning Queensland History Journal, maintains an extensive library and museum collections, provides research services and the hosts diverse exhibitions at Commissariat Store Museum, within the walls of the oldest occupied building in Queensland.

The Society is governed by the Constitution of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland and led by our President who is actively supported by the Council, Manager and several committees dedicated to overseeing various operational aspects of the Society. This team, supported by dedicated volunteers, implement the objectives of the Society defined within the Constitution, which are principally to:

  • Promote interest in and advance the study of Queensland history
  • Broaden opportunities for the practice and writing of history
  • Preserve documents and manuscripts relating to Queensland history,
  • Preserve and display artefacts illustrating Queensland colonial history, and
  • Study the history of the Commonwealth of Australia and the adjacent islands of the Pacific

The Society welcomes visitors to the Commissariat Store Museum and membership from interested person(s) or organisations within the community.


The Royal Historical Society of Queensland would be delighted to welcome you as a member of our Society.

Your membership benefits include

  • a quarterly copy of the Queensland History Journal delivered in print or electronic form
  • a monthly members bulletin delivered electronically February – December
  • complimentary access to the Commissariat Store Museum when you show your membership card at reception
  • discounted members rates at most society events and functions
  • complimentary research assistance in the Welsby Library

Your membership supports The Royal Historical Society of Queensland in our work to publish and preserve and make Queensland’s history accessible. Members are invited to take an active interest the Society through assisting in the many different areas of our operations.

We invite you to print the membership application form on this page, fill in the details and return the form to the society along with payment details. For your own security please do not e-mail your credit card details. You are able to send the form and call us to provide your credit details over the phone. Alternatively you can drop in at any time we are open to fill out a membership application while visiting the Commissariat Store Museum or attending an RHSQ event.

Important Information

After your membership application is received the RHSQ Council will approve your membership at the next monthly Council Meeting. Council meetings are held in the 2nd week of the month between February and December. After this has occured you will receive a welcome letter from the Secretary and begin receiving the Journal and Bulletin dispatches via your preferred method.

Please note the RHSQ Membership year runs from July 1 to June 30 each year. The membership fee is not prorated although if you join between April and June, your membership application will include the following membership year.


Standard Membership
$66 per annum

In addition supporting The Royal Historical Society of Queensland publish, preserve and display Queensland History regular membership includes:

– Quarterly Queensland History Journal
– Monthly Members Bulletin (Feb – Dec)
– Commissariat Store Museum Access
– Research Assistance at Welsby Library
– Discounts at most RHSQ events




The Royal Historical Society of Queensland and the Commissariat Store Museum function only with the generous assistance of our volunteers. The Society is always on the lookout for volunteers. While membership is not a requirement to volunteer, all members are encouraged to take an active interest in their society.

Opportunities for volunteers are wide and varied. Our volunteers guide visitors around the Commissariat Store Museum, manage the museum collection and create the museum displays, manage the Welsby Library, provide research assistance, produce our publications including Bulletins, The Queensland History Journal and various books, maintain our website and marketing channels and provide general administrative assistance.

Our team of volunteers come from many different backgrounds and join us for a variety of reasons. We’ve welcomed university students, people on a career break, retirees and even busy professionals who have a little spare time. All our volunteers make a fantastic contribution to the Society and accordingly promoting the history Queensland and preserving our past.

Volunteering enquiries should be directed to RHSQ Administration and Museum Manager Sanna Nalder. 

Our Patron

The Governor of Queensland has been Patron since the foundation of the Society in 1913. The Society has on many occasions welcomed our Patron to our events.

16His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC QC29/07/2014 to current
15The Honourable Penelope Anne Wensley AC29/07/2008 - 29/07/2014
14The Honourable Dame Quentin Alice Louise Bryce AD CVO29/07/2003 - 29/07/2008
13Major General the Honourable Peter Maurice Arnison AC CVO29/07/1997 - 29/07/2003
12The Honourable Mary Marguerite Leneen Forde AC29/07/1992 - 29/07/1997
11The Honourable Sir Walter Benjamin Campbell AC QC22/07/1985 - 29/07/1992
10Commodore the Honourable Sir James Maxwell Ramsay KCMG KCVO CBE DSC22/04/1977 - 21/07/1985
9Air Marshall the Honourable Sir Colin Thomas Hannah KCMG KCVO KBE CB21/03/1972 - 20/03/1977
8The Honourable Sir Alan James Mansfield KCMG KCVO21/03/1966 - 21/03/1972
7Colonel the Honourable Sir Henry Abel Smith KCMG KCVO DSO18/03/1958 - 18/03/1966
6Lieutenant-General the Honourable Sir John Dudley Lavarack KCMG KCVO KBE CB DSO01/10/1946 - 04/12/1957
5Colonel the Honourable Sir Leslie Orme Wilson GCMG GCSI GCIE DSO13/06/1932 - 23/04/1946
4Lieutenant-General the Honourable Sir Thomas Herbert John Chapman Goodwin KCB CMG DSO13/06/1927 - 07/04/1932
3The Right Honourable Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Matthew Nathan GCMG03/12/1920 - 17/09/1925
2Major the Honourable Sir Hamilton John Goold-Adams GCMG CB15/03/1915 - 03/02/1920
1The Honourable Sir William MacGregor GCMG CB02/12/1909 - 16/07/1914