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.

Cairngorm, built c.1901 by John Moir Mitchell (born 1862, Montrose, Scotland), was the family home of both the Mitchell and Dowling families. For over 25 years Cairngorm was the home of the Alumni Association of The University of Queensland (since 2008, Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Inc.).

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.