The Royal Humane Society of Australia


Former Patron in Chief

Her Majesty The Late Queen Elizabeth II

Senior Patron in Australia

His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd)

Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia


Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC

Governor of New South Wales

Governor of Victoria

Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM

Governor of Queensland

Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC

Governor of South Australia

His Excellency the Honourable Chris Dawson AC APM

Governor of Western Australia

and Mrs Darrilyn Dawson

Her Excellency the Honourable Barbara Baker AC

Governor of Tasmania

Administrator of the Northern Territory

His Honour Professor the Honourable Hugh Heggie PSM

Court of Directors

David M Arden RFD

Vice Presidents

The Right Honourable the Lord Mayors of Melbourne,
Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart and Darwin.
Janne Bowen

Frances Evans OAM

Penny Callaghan Professor Stephen M Cordner AM PSM Ian Knight Major General David J McLachlan AO AO Mil
A J Murphy AFSM Cameron Ross Dr Robert Webster OAM Trevor White AFSM

Secretary & Office Manager

Sue Cutler

Life Members

  • Robert W Bett
  • Rosalind T Bodley OAM
  • Ian D Cairns RFD RD
  • Ross M Campbell
  • Roger T Jones OAM
  • Graeme Keys RFD
  • E G Kidd
  • Caroline Larkins
  • John H Maynard
  • Denis A Roche
  • Letitia M H Shelton


McLean Delmo Bentleys Audit Pty Ltd

Representatives of the Society

The following are the Honorary Correspondents of the Society:

Queensland - Katarina Carroll APM, Commissioner of Police Brisbane, South Australia - Grant Stevens APM, Commissioner of Police Adelaide, Victoria - Shane Patton, APM, Commissioner of Police Melbourne, Western Australia  - Col Blanch APM, Commissioner of Police Perth, Tasmania - Jonathan Higgins APM, Deputy Commissioner of Police Hobart, Australian Capital Territory -  Reece P Kershaw APM, Commissioner Australian Federal Police Canberra, Northern Territory - Jamie Chalker APM, Commissioner of Police Darwin

1876-1889 John Wilks JP 1937-1947 Rupert Wilks 1986-1992Sir Bernard Callinan AC CBE DSO MC
1889-1893 Sir Arthur Nicholson Bart 1947-1951 Major-General Sir Julius Bruche KCB CMG 1992-1999Sir Rupert Clarke Bt AM MBE
1893-1925 George Lush 1951-1971 L.R. Stillman OBE MC 1999-2013Ross M Campbell
1925-1937 Thomas Brentnall 1971-1986 Everard Bailieu CBE

2013-2023 Associate Professor John H Maynard

Relief Fund

David M Arden RFD

Director R.H.S. Nominees Pty Ltd

Janne Bowen

Director of R.H.S Nominees Pty. Ltd

Frances Evans OAM

Director of R.H.S Nominees Pty Ltd

Penny Callaghan        

Director of R.H.S. Nominees Pty Ltd




Penny Callaghan



Vice President




A J Murphy

Trevor White

Natural Disasters

Janne Bowen

Trevor White




David Arden

David McLachlan


Professor Stephen Cordner


Frances Evans

Ian Knight


David Arden

Cameron Ross