Augustus Gregory was a very significant person in Queensland's early history.
He first gained national prominence as an explorer and received the 1857 Founder’s Medal from the Royal Geographical Society in England for extensive and important explorations in Western and Northern Australia. He was appointed the first Surveyor General of Queensland and thereafter became closely associated with the start- up development of a range of scientific and professional Institutions, including, in turn, the Council of the Qld Acclimatization Society (1862),Foundation President of the Institute of Surveyors (1876), Trustee of the Queensland Museum (1876), Inaugural President of the Royal Society Qld (1883), and the Foundation President of the Qld Branch of the Geographical Society of Australia (1885). In politics Gregory was elected as a Toowong Shire Councillor (1880) and as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (1882). From 1862 until his death in 1905 Gregory held continuously the senior position of Grand Master in Qld Freemasonry.
This presentation will explore Gregory’s iconic leadership over a long, action-packed life of genuine achievement in diverse fields.
Dr Gary Bacon AM
Gary completed Honours and Doctorate degrees in forest science at the Australian National University, Canberra. He held senior research and management positions in New South Wales and Queensland Government forestry trading enterprises and in land management within QDPI. In 2000 Gary was awarded the Institute of Foresters of Australia’s highest accolade, the N W Jolly medal. He chaired the Australian organising team for the 2005 International Union of Forest Research Organisations World Congress. For the last decade he was an Industry consultant and Adjunct Professor in the Environmental Futures Institute at Griffith University. In 2013 Gary was elected as the Grand Master of Queensland Freemasons. In 2016 he was admitted a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s birthday list.