Objects and Aims
The Objects and Aims of The Royal Society of St George
The Society is a patriotic society and is honoured to have as its Patron Her Majesty the Queen.
Its Objects as laid down in its Royal Charter are:
- To foster the love of England and to strengthen England and the Commonwealth by spreading the knowledge of English history, traditions and ideals.
- To keep fresh the memory of those in all walks of life who have served England or the Commonwealth in the past, in order to inspire leadership in the future.
- To combat all activities likely to undermine the strength of England or the Commonwealth.
- To further English interests everywhere, to ensure that St. George’s Day is properly celebrated and to provide focal points the World over where English men and women may gather together.
The Society is unsectarian and independent of party politics.
It is fair to say the Australian membership of the Royal Society of St George whilst having many members who still retain British Passports, also has many indigenous Australian Members who claim several generations of Australian born ancestry. Our members are indeed proud patriotic Australians who cannot forget the great driving force, the constant inspiration which pride of race gives to Anglo-Saxon men and women and the common heritage which we share. Australia’s traditions are firmly rooted in our Anglo Saxon heritage.
The Branches of the Royal Society of St George in Queensland as the standard bearer of traditional English values are united in this Aim:
- To foster the love of Australia, our Great Nation:-
- By strengthening the beliefs and values of our English Heritage
- Spreading the knowledge of our histories, traditions and ideals.
Membership is open to:
(a) All those who subscribe to the Objects of the Society; and
(b) are born in England or wherever born being English men or English women or children or remoter issue of the same; or
(c) Not being of English descent nevertheless support the aims and objectives of the Society.
These aims were inspired by:
Sir Henry Parkes – The Father of Federation
Henry Parkes was born to a family of yeoman stock in Warwickshire in 1815. He is best remembered for his fiery and impassioned support for the Federation of Australian Colonies, making his famous speech at the School of Arts, Tenterfield on 24 October 1889. This Englishman, but also proud Australian with his very special ability to appreciate the importance of the action he was taking and his vision of a strong and united Australia certainly made the people believe that he was, indeed, “THE MAN OF THE HOUR”.In his characteristic style, perhaps too florid for our times but no less sincere for all that, Sir Henry Parkes said in May 1890:
How true it is that in the long, checkered, blood-bespattered history of the human race, there never was a land so favourably situated as this fair land of Australia. Our children, with a fairer education of the common people, with finer prospects for all, will preserve the fabric of freedom which their fathers did something to erect. They will extend and solidify its foundations; they will bring under its shelter all the good and peace-loving people of the world. What we are doing by this great Federal movement is not for us, but for them, for the untold millions that will follow us; until this land of Australia shall gather within its bosom all the fruits of the culture of the world; and until the flag of freedom shall be planted here so firmly and guarded with such a fervent patriotism, that all the powers on earth shall never assault it.
However love of England is always with him and shows itself with this poem he wrote:
My Native Land
The moonlight of a milder clime
Is round me pour’d o’er scenes sublime;
But I would fly from all earth’s light
And grandeur to behold to-night
My native land.
To-morrow’s sun will beauteous rise
In Australasia’s summer skies:
But more than beautiful to me
Would winter’s wildest morning be
In that dear land.
And green woods wave which ne’er are sere
In this December summer here:
But I would turn from Eden’s bloom
To hail in winter’s waste and gloom.
My native land
It may be here that Britons find
Scenes brighter than they leave behind;
But, oh! the counter-charm for home
Is found not yet where ‘er I roam
O’er sea or land
“Patriotism is more than a sentiment; it is a conviction based upon a comprehension of the duties of a citizen, and a determination loyally to perform such duties. Patriotism is love of country, born of familiarity with its history, reverence for its institutions, and faith in its possibilities, and is evidenced by obedience to its laws and respect for its flag.”
Charles R Skinner
The aims and aspirations of the Royal Society of St George in Australia is to encourage first, second, third and fourth generation Australians of English descent as well as English born men and women to join us and further the understanding of our shared cultural values.
Let us not forget the legacy of English Common Law, Magna Carta and Habeas Corpus, the Bill of Rights and all those articles and principles which together have created British Justice and the Westminster system of Government.
The branches of the Royal Society of St George in Queensland are proud life members of the Australian National Flag Association of Queensland and encourage our members to hold celebrations on Flag Day, which is held on 3rd September.
We foster a love for our flag, and instil that love in our national symbol to all Australians. This flag was born of a public competition in 1901 and proudly serves to represent all Australians’ equally whatever their origins or beliefs. Our flag reminds us of our link to the aspirations and achievements of the past generations who built the foundations of modern Australia. The Union Jack representing our English, Scottish and Irish heritage and I would like to think of the Southern Cross representing our indigenous and native born Australians. The aborigines have a beautiful dream time story about the Southern Cross.
The Southern Cross
The Australian Aborigines who have a greater knowledge of the night sky than most white men, have surrounded the heavenly bodies with countless myths explaining their origin. One myth says that the stars of the Southern Cross are the man Mululu and his daughters.
Mululu, the leader of the Kandra tribe, had four daughters of whom he was very fond, but to his sorrow he had no son. When he grew old, he called his daughters together to discuss their future. He said that he expected to die soon, so, since they had no brother to protect them from the spite and jealousies of the women or from being forced into marriage with a man whom they disliked, he wanted them to leave the earth when he died and to meet him in the sky. The father then explained that, with the aid of spirits of the night, he had recently visited a clever medicine-man, Conduk, who was willing and able to help the girls reach their new home.
When their father died, the daughters set out to find Conduk, whose camp was far away to the north. They had to travel many days before they reached it, and they recognised Conduk by the long thick beard by which their father had described him. Resting beside his camp was a huge pile of silver-grey rope, which the medicine-man had plaited form the long hairs of his own beard. One end of the rope reached up into the sky.
The girls were terrified to learn that the rope was their only means of reaching their father again. But with the guidance and encouragement of Conduk they climbed to the top of the rope, where they were delighted to find their father waiting for them.
Now, the daughters are the four bright stars of the Southern Cross. Nearby and caring for them as is their father; the bright star Centaurus.