Speech

Address By

Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO

Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

ON THE OCCASION OF

Ceremony for the Unveiling of the Badges of the Queensland University Regiment and Squadron

Great Court, The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus

3 July 2010

Ladies and gentlemen, I give thanks to the traditional owners of this land and to their successors, the custodians of this fine university.

I am really thrilled by the Vice Chancellor’s invitation to join you here today.

Many of you will have heard me say that when I return to Queensland, I am warmed by that familiar sense of coming home, of belonging, and heartfelt memory.

And that is very much the case too when I visit this university:

my treasured alma mater

and a seminal force in my education and career.

I feel especially fortunate to be here this weekend to take part in this important ceremony:

in the life of the Queensland University Regiment and Squadron,

and in the life of the university with which they are so proudly aligned,

a life that has this year reached a grand centenary

which will, over these couple days, be celebrated by a marvellous alumni reunion

a gathering of men and women whose learning and professional growth took their shape here, matured here, gained recognition here

men and women who have gone on to contribute to this state and nation and international scholarship in significant and groundbreaking ways.

Today’s ceremony acknowledges the close and longstanding ties that exist between the University’s alumni and the present and past members of its Regiment and Squadron.

So many of this University’s finest graduates hold distinguished records of service to our nation, in wartime and peacekeeping operations.

Indeed,

as the Vice Chancellor mentioned,

and as Professor Clive Moore has written so deftly in his history of the Forgan Smith Building,

this place has intimately known the workings of war.

Friends, today also speaks of the profound respect the custodians and leaders of the University have for the origins, underpinnings and evolving story of this outstanding Australian academic institution.

There is an inescapable sense here of being part of a dynamic continuum:

a hundred years old and a hundred years young

a century of extraordinary achievement across so many layers of our society

and the start of a new century of undreamt-of achievement

a place of enshrined tradition and liberating intellect and creativity

and around us now, a gallery of exquisite craftsmanship – a history and future carved in stone.

Dr Rhyl Hinwood

like Professor Clive Moore, and many, many other esteemed associates of this University

is a keeper of memory and shaper of hope and opportunity.

She has,

in these grotesques, shields, medallions and now, badges,

chiselled the values and aspirations of this place, its heritage and allegiances, its cherished and enduring symbols.

To secure the badges of the University Regiment and Squadron in the timeless and stoic face of this Great Court is to secure the wisdom of what they signify.

As Commander-in-Chief I have come to understand the gravity of effort and belief and commitment that lie behind these insignia.

As they weigh heavily upon the breast in the responsibility they bestow, they shine a brilliant and uplifting light upon the heart.

Officers, NCOs, soldiers, airmen and women of the Queensland University Regiment and the Queensland University Squadron, I salute you.

And it is now my most sincere honour and pleasure to unveil your badges.