Queensland University


Mr Ted Vowles
(07) 3396 3004

Mr Jim Hutchinson
(07) 3378 4694

Mr Grahame Baker
(07) 3892 7270

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Brief History of Queensland University Squadron

The University Gazette of May 1951 noted that the Queensland University Squadron RAAF was formed on November 2, 1950. The Courier Mail of 3rd November 1950 reported, “Students yesterday flooded the RAAF with applications to join the Queensland University Air Squadron”. This was an exciting start to 23years of achievement by the Squadron.

Approximately 600 Squadron cadets completed training and graduated as Commissioned Officers of the RAAF. Some continued to have a career in the RAAF gaining high rank. One of these, Air Vice- Marshall (Bill) G. W. Reed (Retd), currently Patron RAAF Association, Queensland Division, joins me in recommending this appeal to you. It is clear also that Squadron cadets accepted the challenge of their Squadron motto “PERITUS AC PARATUS”, (Skilled and Ready). Former members of the Squadron have gained significant recognition in most of the professions, in literature, in music, in sport, in academia and in community awards for achievement.

The University was closely involved with such matters as Graduation Parades, the RAAF Undergraduate Scheme and certification of the award of degrees to Squadron members. Professor C.S. Davis DFC, Head of the Department of Mathematics, was appointed as Commandant of the Squadron with the rank of Wing Commander and served in that capacity from 1960 to 1969. In recent times the support provided to former Squadron members by Mr Douglas Porter, in his capacity as Secretary and Registrar of the University was crucial in re-establishing links of the Squadron to the University. He represented the University at the Squadron reunion on the 16 March 2005. The reunion commenced with a reception at Government House hosted by the then Governor of Queensland, Ms Quentin Bryce AC. This was followed by a dinner at the United Services Club and on the following day a visit to Amberley was arranged A stated aim of this reunion was to start a process of raising funds to establish a permanent record of the Squadron as part of the history of the University.

Unveiling of Squadron Badge

Again true to the Squadron’s motto and some creative thinking, the idea of carving the Squadron badge on a column capital facing out on to the Great Court was presented to Douglas Porter on 29 May 2007. But first Air Force Headquarters approval had to be sought to use the badge for this purpose. This was given on 7 August 2007. On 17 September 2009 the University Senate approved the proposal with Dr Rhyl Hinwood to be the appointed Sculptor. The University Regiment also adopted the idea of having their badge carved on a column next to the Squadron’s and both will be officially unveiled by Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia at a formal ceremony on the morning of 3 July 2010.

The Great Court badge carving provides a permanent record of the Squadron as part of the University and “Honours the Past”.

Annual Prize or Scholarship for AAFC Cadets, Past or Current

A further contribution arising from the “Queensland University Squadron Alumni Centenary Appeal” would be to “Continue the Tradition” by the award of annual prize to a past or current member of the Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) or an adult instructor of the AAFC, who has successfully completed one year of an undergraduate degree course. The prize will be developed within University Senate rules. The value of the prize will depend on the total funds raised by way of donation.

Donations are very welcome and may be made by contacting the Branch President Mr Ted Vowles.

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