This series comprises a photograph album, correspondence and ephemera kept by Captain William Rudder MBE who served as Private Secretary and Aide-de-Camp to His Excellency Sir John Dudley Lavarack, 16th Governor of Queensland who was in office from 1 October 1946 to 4 December 1957.
In his role as Private Secretary, Captain William Rudder (aka Bill) appears in a number of official photographs with Sir John and Lady Lavarack. The album includes photographs of the arrival of Sir John and Lady Lavarack as they stepped on Queensland soil for the first time after Sir Lavarack's appointment. He was sworn in as Governor on 1 October 1946 and photographs include ceremonies outside the City Hall and processions along Queen Street. Photographs of Government House, a portrait of Sir Lavarack, and their 1947 tour to North Queensland (Gladstone, Bundaberg, Mackay, Mt Morgan, Townsville, Magnetic Island, Atherton Tablelands, Cairns and Longreach) are included.
It also includes the visits by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester in December 1946 and August 1947. The Duke of Gloucester, appointed Governor-General in 1945, was the first and only royal Governor-General of Australia. He left Australia in March 1947.
There is a photograph of Field Marshall, the Viscount, Montgomery and Major-General Nimmo in July 1947 and the State luncheon menu card in his honour is also included.
There are miscellaneous other photographs: Queensland Parliament, meeting of the Royal Geographic Society, Stanthorpe Show in 1947, meeting the American Ambassador at a cricket ground, Governor of Tasmania and party, Somerset Dam, and photographs presumed to be of the tour to the Torres Strait Islands and Gulf Country mission stations in 1948.
It also includes photographs of Captain Rudder with his wife [Pam Cribb] and Miss Hanlon at the races. There are also informal photographs of groups of people at picnics and fishing at Caloundra.
Also included various correspondence relating to Captain Rudder's appointments as Private Secretary (1 October 1946 - 30 September 1949), Honorary (Military) Aide-de-Camp (28 March 1951 - 1955), and Honorary Member of the Queensland Club. There is correspondence between Captain Rudder and the Governor including personal letters of recommendation where his rank of Major is stated. Also included are the official Governor's Christmas cards (with a photograph inserted) for 1947 and 1948, a Christmas card list, luncheon menu cards and newspaper clippings.
William Layton Rudder M.B.E. who was the first and only Executive Director of the Queensland Cancer Fund was born on 4 October 1919 in Stanthorpe and passed away on 5 August 1986.