Past Event

The Wal Bishop Testimonial Dinner
Wednesday 31st August 2016

Tattersall’s Club
Dress Black Tie
All Proceeds from the night went to Aunties & Uncles, Bestlife and the Salvation Army Emergency Services – click for details  


The night raised over $20,000 thanks to all concerned.


Wal Bishop is a third generation family member of The Rotary Club of Brisbane, following his father and grandfather, who was also District Governor. Rotarian Wal still continues to actively support the activities of the club in serving our community.

Wal, a member of the Rotary Club of Brisbane since 1960, was club President in 1977-1978, amongst his list of achievements during his year were:

  • Establishment in 1977-78 of the Queensland Organization of the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia.
    The Club gave $10,000 to this while individual Rotarians helped in raising an additional $60,000.Wal Bishop RCOB
  • In 1977-78. the Queensland Surf Life Saving Association had been for decades providing an invaluable community service while living from hand to mouth in terms of finances. President Wal Bishop decided that we should and could establish a Foundation which would provide a sound financial base; one with sufficient capital to earn some regular income beyond what they depended on. This was pursued with vigour and success, resulting in the establishment of a Queensland Surf Lifesaving Foundation with an initial investment of $107,000. This was achieved through a public appeal ($28,450), a Motor Car Art Union ($8,221), and a Miss Brisbane Rotary Quest ($21,669). There was a generous State Government subsidy of 75c in the dollar.

Wal Bishop heads up the Wallace Bishop Company owned and managed by his  family for nearly 100 years. Wallace Bishop has been doing so, with outstanding success since 1917.