Royal United Services Institute of Australia

RUSI of Queensland



The aim of the Institute is to promote informed debate, and to improve public awareness and understanding of defence and national security. The Royal United Service Institute (RUSI) Queensland was founded in Brisbane in 1892 under the presidency of Major General John Fletcher Owen, Commandant, Queensland Defence Force. The organisation centred on improving the education of Service Officers by promoting the study of strategic and defence matters. The RUSI of Queensland is a Constituent Body of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies - Australia.




RUSIQ Evening Lecture Notice

Tuesday, 5 September 2017,
1800 at RUSI Hall, Victoria Barracks

SUBJECT: The Boys of Brisbane Grammar School, Soldiers of the Queen and the King, to the Boer War and to the Great War.

INTRODUCTION:    Many of the Australians who landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in April 1915 were in their late teens and early 20s, and had no concept of the horrors that lay before them. Others were somewhat older, and decidedly more aware.

These older and wiser warriors had served in South Africa, less than a generation before, on behalf of their queen, their king, and (after 1 January 1901) their newly federated commonwealth. They had fought in the Boer War – Australia's first war. They were Fathers of the ANZACs, and among them were twelve Old Boys of Brisbane Grammar School who volunteered for the Boer War and volunteered again when war was declared in 1914.

The names and some details of the 1,020 BGS Old Boys known to have served in the Great War are recorded in The Golden Book, a four-volume, leather-bound compendium that is one of the school's most treasured possessions, housed in a crystal cabinet. The records were compiled as a labour of love by Stuart Stephenson, headmaster from 1928 to 1940. Each occupies one page. The calligraphy was the work of Charles Bennett Fox, an alumnus. The border of poppies was designed by Madge Roe, daughter of Reginald Heber Roe, a former headmaster. The Brisbane Grammar School Magazine of November 1915 noted that eleven members of the "Expeditionary Force also served in the South Africa War." Through my research, I positively identified a twelfth man, and came tantalizingly close to naming a thirteenth. (His story is still to be told). BGS fielded a cricket team of the highest calibre. This paper elaborates on The Golden Book profiles of these twelve Fathers of the Anzacs, telling their stories in detail, in some cases for the first time.

PRESENTER:    Diane MELLOY   -    A researcher, writer, and speaker with particular interests in the Boer War, World War I, and Mary Queen of Scots.

Diane Melloy is a granddaughter of Corporal Joseph Lock (a stockman from Charleville who served with the 5th Queensland Imperial Bushmen during the Boer War) and the widow of Armourer-Sergeant Robert Sydney Melloy (the Last Man of the 42nd Battalion AIF and author of "Time Will Tell: Memoirs of a Kangaroo Point Kid") – one of ten WWI widows who attended the Anzac Centenary commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015 as guests of the Australian Government and Qantas.
If you wish to attend, please notify the Secretary of RUSIQ, Ms Jacqui Page (phone: 0421 667 629 or email ) by 1200 on Monday, 4 September 2017 [for Security and Catering purposes] Registration is essential!
Cost: $10.00 for Members of RUSIQ; $15.00 for Non-Members. A Hot Supper, with appropriate beverages, will be served after the Lecture.


Wednesday 13 September 2017
RUSI Hall, Victoria Barracks 12:00 noon for 12:30pm

"The Sovereignty Dispute in the South China Sea
Economic Considerations for the Military & Economic Security of Australia"


  • What's behind the increasing militarization of China's occupation of 30 islets?
  • Why has China constructed four "unsinkable" aircraft carriers, with 7.46 miles of runways capable of supporting 80 aircraft, in the middle of a busy $5.3 trillion trade conduit?
  • Why has Hainan Island become a fortress for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) South Fleet and Jin Class SSBN submarines?
  • Why have countries littoral to the SCS retaliated by occupying other SCS and East China Sea islets (number of occupied islets in parenthesis): Indonesia (1), Japan (11), Malaysia (7), Philippines (16), Russia (4), South Korea (2), Taiwan (2) and Vietnam (29)?
  • What's the basis for the prevailing territorial disputes finding their way to the Permanent Court of Arbitration Court and the U.N. Security Council?
  • What is rules-based global order? What are FONOPS?
  • What are the geopolitical, logistic, economic and military implications for Australia?
  • Why should Australians be concerned about current developments in the SCS?
  • Is the ultimate prosperity of our nation at stake?
  • What leadership role and diplomatic solutions can Australia engender?
  • Does our country have an economic future?
  • Is the current China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), worth close to AUD$100 billion, under threat?; and
  • There are many more questions to this complex problem at the very nexus of Australia's future prosperity.

Access to Victoria Barracks Brisbane requires that all attendees be registered for the lecture and to have their name checked off a list at the entrance to RUSI Hall.
Your attendance will also be registered with base security.
All persons in sympathy with the aims of the Institute and all Service Personnel whether serving, in Reserve or Retired, are always welcome at RUSI lectures.
The cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members and visitors.
To register please phone secretary Jacqui Page: Mobile 0421 667 629 or register by
Email: soon as possible



23 August,  MAJ Matthew Marcinkewycz, spoke on "The Modern IED Threat" Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are a pervasive threat on the asymmetric battleground.

1 August, LTCOL Rick Maher , is a serving Aviation Corps Officer, based at Victoria Barracks in Brisbane and spoke on: “Gallantry –v- Leadership, a comparison of these attributes, using the careers of three Allied Aviation VC Winners: The Western Front, 1916 to 1918.”


The RUSIQ Newsletter "The Brisbane Line" is now available on line.

Click the link below to download the edition:


Click here to download a copy of the November 2016 edition

Click here to download a copy of the August 2016 edition

Click here to download a copy of the June 2016 edition

Click here to download a copy of the March 2016 edition


Click here to download a copy of the November 2015 edition.


24 November, Emeritus Professor Kay Saunders, AM, Honorary Research Affiliate University of Queensland Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies spoke on: The Dislocation between the Reality and the Current Perceptions of the History of World War 1

17 November CMDR Dugald Clelland, RAN, Commander, Australian Navy Recruit Training School spoke on: Recruit Training in the RAN

20 October, LTCOL Arrn Hassell, CO ADF School of Intelligence spoke on: Australia’s Contribution to Afghanistan A Personal Journey

30 September, CAPT Bob Hume RFD RANR spoke on The Siege of Tsingtao - seen through Australian Eyes,

16 September, LTCOL Michael Reade, MBBS, MPH, DPhil(Oxon), FANZCA, FCICM gave: A Vision for the Next 20 Years of Combat Casualty Care in the ADF

Wednesday 19 August, BRIG Patrick McIntosh AM CSC (Retd), spoke on: The Rwanda Experience

15 July - Supt Brian Hay & Snr Sgt Kylie Rigg of the Fraud and Cyber Crime Group spoke on: Personal Cyber Security & Preventive Measures

1 July - CAPT Richard Arundel, RAN spoke on: The Sydney/Emden Battle

17 June - MAJGEN Stuart Smith, DSC, AM, Commander HQ 1st Division / DJFHQ delivered: The 2015 Blamey Oration

3 June - WGCDR Jonathan McMullan, CO 5 Flight spoke on: The Development of a UAV Capability for the Defence of Australia

20 May, AIRCDRE Scott Winchester, CMDR CSG RAAF Amberlel spoke on The Air Force of Today & Tomorrow

6 May, CAPT Bob Hume RFD, RANR spoke on: War Cruise of the SMS EMDEN

18 February, Acting Assistant Commissioner Graham Coleman spoke on The Success and Lessons of the G20 Brisbane 2014


28 Nov 2014President’s Annual Christmas Lunch – Women’s College UQ

15 October 2014: GPCAPT Glen Braz – Director Growler Transition Office spoke on: EM Spectrum Operations to Support Joint Effects

17 September 2014AGM following Monthly Lecture Program: MAJ Greg McMahon speaking on: Retaining the Strategic Edge – A Contribution to the Warspace Model Major Greg McMahon is National Director of Adair Leadership Australia.

20 August 2014. Air Vice-Marshal Kym Osley AM CSC spoke on: The F35 – A Game Changer For Defence.

2 August, RUSIQ conducted a most successful Military & Veterans' Health Seminar: PTSD and the Australian Military: Perspectives, Puzzles and Pathways Forward RUSI Qld, in partnership with the University of Queensland Centre for Australian Military and Veterans’ Health delivered the seminar. Outcomes will be available here soon.

31 July 2014: RUSIQ was invited by the Defence Expert Panel to conduct a public discussion session on: Defence 2015 White Paper

16 July 2014: RADM Ken Doolan AO (Retd), National President RSL spoke on: Perspectives on Australian Defence Policy

18 June 2014: Mr Bob Wurth, accomplished author spoke on: The Battle for Australia

21 May 2014: Asst Com Katarina Carroll, APM spoke on: Security for the G20 Meeting in Brisbane

16 April 2014: GPCAPT Graeme Peel AM CSC MBBS DAvMed spoke on International Humanitarian response to disasters

19 March 2014: Mr Paul Johnstone spoke on Counter Rocket, Artillery, Mortar and Missile capabilities

19 Feb 2014:  LT COL John Mayer, USMC DJFHQ/1DIV spoke on Amphibiosity – A comparison of amphibious operations in the ADF and the USMC

20 Nov 2013 COL Wendy Taylor, Colonel Commandant RAANC spoke on Veils, Boots and Bullets – Australian Military Nurses

16 Oct 2013 LTCOL Markus Ludwig HQ 1 DIV/DJFHQ spoke on The Role and Responsibilities of HQ 1 DIV/DJFHQ

18 Sep 2013 GPCAPT Geof Harland, CSC, - Officer Commanding No 82 Wing spoke on The Super Hornet, followed by the RUSIQ AGM at 1430.

17 July 2013 Commander Ian Bray spoke on Collins: The Real Facts and where the Submarine Force is headed with future submarines. CMDR Bray is the Operational Requirements Manager in the US & Aust Joint Program Office.

19 June 2013 Colonel Kerry Gallagher, AM (Ret'd) spoke on: 'The Australian Army Training Team Vietnam'

15 May 2013, Emeritus Professor Bill Caelli AO spoke on: 'Cyber Warfare and NATO's Tallinn Manual'  

17 April 2013 Colonel David Burke, Commander Army Aviation Centre at Oakey spoke on: 'A Training Paradigm for Generation Y with special Reference to Army'

20 March 2013 esteemed members CAPT Richard Arundel RAN (Retd) and CAPT Robert Hulme RANR spoke on: The Naval Brigade and Sir William Cresswell: Their Place in History

20 February 2013 SQNLDR John Jenkins, XO 5 Flight RAAF Amberley spoke on 'The Operational Role of the Heron UAV'.

21 November 2012 Mr Greg Beer of Emergency Management Queensland spoke on: Helicopter Rescue and the South East Queensland Floods of Summer 2010-11

17 October 2012 Dr Cuong Trong Buy, OAM spoke at RUSI Hall on: Border Security – Asylum Seekers: Past and Present Solutions

12 September 2012 Mr Peter Nunan spoke on: To the Depths and Up - Brisbane, Early 1943. Mr Nunan is an Author and Military Historian. Peter has had a number of magazine articles, mainly on maritime subjects, published in Australia and the United States.

22 August 2012 Mr Peter Flexman, President Milne Bay Military Museum in Toowoomba spoke on: The Battle of Milne Bay

21 July 2012 we held a Seminar organised jointly with the MacArthur Museum to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the arrival of General MacArthur in Brisbane.  The seminar theme was: Douglas MacArthur – Agent of Change

18 July 2012 Major General Rick Burr DSC AM MVO, Commander 1st Division spoke on: Australia’s Emerging Amphibious Capability

In May 2012 Mr Brett Worsley, DMO Director Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Project spoke on: The Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Capability


Membership Subscriptions: Annual Membership Renewal are due on 1 July. You are requested to forward your payment together with advice to confirm your address details.  Unfinancial members will not receive copies of the RUSI Quarterly. Payments may be made by Electronic Transfer to our bank account: Heritage Building Society,  BSB 638-070,  Account No. 12221384. If you do so, please include your name in the bank transfer details.

Administration: All members are requested to advise us of their Email address if they actively use one.  This will help us to advise them of our activities throughout the year and save on the amount of postage and telephone calls.

The RUSIQ office hours are Tuesday and Wednesday of each week from 0930 to 1500.  The building and the Library will be open and staffed by our committee members or volunteer staff during these times.  Messages may be left anytime on the phone numbers or the email address. The Secretary may be contacted anytime by his mobile phone 0418 878 205 or by email to:

Joining RUSI of Qld

You can join the RUSI of Queensland on-line by completing the online Membership Application Form (see top-left box). Or you can complete a form and send to the Secretary.

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RUSI of QLD Library

The RUSI of Qld Library has about 8000 books and other resources specialised in military history, general history, defence and national security matters.  Access to Library resources is free to members. Please contact the Secretary for access details. To see the list of library books held by the RUSIQ:

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RUSI of QLD Publications

The new RUSIQ Bi-Mounthly Newsletter "The Brisbane Line" is now available.

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Previous Newsletters are available here Click below to download 

2013 Vol 1 Issue 1 Apr , Issue 2 Jun , Issue 3 Aug , Issue 4 Oct

2014 Vol 2 Issue 1 Feb , Issue 2 Apr , Issue 3 Jun , Issue 4 Aug

2015 Vol 3 Issue 1 Apr , Issue 2 Jun, Issue 3 Aug , Issue 4 Nov

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