1969-2019 - 50th Anniversary
Birds Queensland (Queensland Ornithological Society Inc)

Activities of the Society over its first 50 years

BQ 50th Anniversary

This year, Birds Queensland (the Queensland Ornithological Society Inc) is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of its formation. It is a time to remember the successes of the past and to look forward to future opportunities to promote the scientific study and conservation of Queensland birds.

On 15th October 1969, a meeting was held in the Biological Sciences building of the University of Queensland. Thirty-three people attended and 18 apologies from others interested were recorded. After discussion, the meeting decided that an independent and active group should be formed to encourage bird study. It was decided that the aims of the group would be 'To promote the scientific study of Queensland birds and their conservation' and these remain the objects of Birds Queensland.

Other decisions taken included that monthly meetings would be held with a break of possibly two months during the summer. Outings, expeditions, a newsletter and assisting the Queensland Bird Banding scheme were some of the recommendations agreed and it is interesting that these still happen today - standing the test of time.

Five names were suggested for this new group but those attending voted that the 'Queensland Ornithological Society' be recommended and confirmed at the first general meeting of the Society.

The Councillors elected to manage the Society were:

President - Mr J D Macdonald
Vice-President - Dr Jiro Kikkawa
Secretary - Mr Phillip Straw
Treasurer - Mr K Williams
Editor - Mr Robin Elks
Field Outings - Mr Barry Morgan
Bird Banding - Dr Doug Dow
Junior Advisor - Miss N Hopkins

Initially, annual subscriptions were:

Ordinary Member $3.00
Junior Member $1.00 (under 17)
Family Member $5.00

The first Council meeting was held on 21st October 1969 and the first General Meeting on 5th November 1969.

At the first General Meeting, the constitution was agreed, and the emblem of the Society was also discussed. Sixty birds were identified as more or less typical to Queensland, but the Sunbird and the Golden Bowerbird were the most popular with the Sunbird being selected. At a Council meeting on 18th November, it was also agreed that a quarterly journal, to be called 'Sunbird', would be published.

Birds Queensland is very fortunate that the Minute Book recording details of the meeting held to form the Society and subsequent Council and General Meetings up to March 1974 is still in its possession. One of the projects for our 50th year is to digitise the minutes, so these are readily available for any of our members to read. The minutes contain some fascinating information, some of which remains relevant and of interest today.

Activities of the Society over its first 50 years

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