The English Speaking Union (QLD Branch)

The English-Speaking Union (ESU) is an international educational charity dedicated to promoting international understanding and human achievement through English. The ESU Queensland Branch is a non-for-profit organisation lead by a board, supported by members and volunteers and has an active program of events in support of its objectives. These include:


Coming Up in 2022

The English-Speaking Union (Queensland Branch) invites all members, their guests and friends to a number of events throughout the year in pursuit of our organisational objective to promote understanding and communication in and about the English language and culture especially in Australia through education, social events and scholarship.

See what’s on for the rest of the year via our Events page.


Saturday 10 September 2022 (Time TBC)

Enjoy High Tea by the river as the 2022 Public Speaking Winners inspire with their winning public speeches.

Miegunyah Historic Home, 34 Jordon Tce, Bowen Hills

Follow our Facebook page for updates.

Secondary Schools Public Speaking Competition

Our 2022 Grand Final was an outstanding success, congratulations to our winners and finalists.

Roly Sussex Short Story Competition

Entries are open NOW for the 2022 ESU Roly Sussex Short Story Competition. Further details are available via this website’s Short Story competition page.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 competition: you can review the winning entries here.

Past Events Update

Friday 21 July 2022

Churchill Lecture: “The Final Word”

On Friday 21 July, members and friends of ESU came together for a delightful dinner at the United Services Club for the annual Churchill Lecture for 2022.

Our speakers were popular Brisbane journalists David Fagan and Madonna King. They shared their research from their recent book Modern Governors of Queensland.

As one member commented:

The interactive dialogue between David & Madonna gave the audience great insights into the individual approaches adopted by past Qld governors in their role. Recounting anecdotes from their numerous interviews with a wide representative group of close government house staff was fascinating. The discussion of the Mentor/Constitutional role of the Governor gave attendees a fresh perspective on the Governor’s  relationship with numerous Premiers.
And another:
A wonderful night.
Following this lecture, one of our members John Thompson-Grey shared his experience of judging the Roly Sussex Short Story Competition and generously provided a copy of one of his recent books ‘While I remember Vol 1: Memorable Queenslanders’  to each of our members and guests.

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