In May 1967, The Alumni Association of The University of Queensland Inc. (now Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Inc.) was the first university alumni association to form in Australia. For over 26 years, the Association was based at Cairngorm, until moving to new premises at the Long Pocket and St Lucia campuses in 2017.
Developments in our history
2008: Name change
The Alumni Association of The University of Queensland Inc. was formed in 1967, with the support of then Vice-Chancellor, Sir Fred Schonell. On 17th May, 2008, the association held a Special General Meeting that voted to change the association’s name to Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Inc. This was undertaken to avoid confusion between the newly-formed UQAlumni network being developed by the University. This name change was subsequently approved by the Queensland Government’s Office of Fair Trading on 7th July, 2008.
2010: UQ Centenary Celebration Reception for Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland
The Centenary Celebration reception was held at Government House on 4th July, 2010 in the presence of the Chancellor of the University, Mr John Story, and The Honourable Penny Wensley AC. Read the Address by the Governor of Queensland, The Honourable Penny Wensley AC.
2015: AGM Address
In May 2015, our AGM Address was given by the Honourable Dr Penelope Wensley AC.
2017: “Recognising and celebrating the valuable contribution of Alumni Friends of the University of Queensland”
The UQ Senate hosted an afternoon tea in the St Lucia campus’s Alumni Court on 27 February, 2017. Following speeches by Peter Varghese AO (Chancellor, The University of Queensland) and by The Honourable Dr Penelope Wensley AC (Patron, Alumni Friends), a commemorative plaque was unveiled by Peter Varghese AO, The Honourable Dr Penelope Wensley AC, and by Professor Peter Høj (Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of Queensland).
2017: 50th anniversary of Alumni Friends
His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, and Mrs Kaye de Jersey hosted a reception at Government House to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland. You can read the Governor’s address here.
2017: Fifty Years of Friendship
In 2017, the UQ Library team produced an online exhibition, Fifty Years of Friendship, to coincide with the Golden Jubilee of Alumni Friends.