A meeting was held at the Caledonian Club on 17th February, 1970, following a request being received from the Australian Board to this effect and Queensland State Committee was formed. However, the Australian Board requested that the word ‘State’ should be substituted with Regional. Some time between 1970 and 1972 the name was once again changed and the South Queensland Regional Committee of Highland Dancing came into being.
For the next 18 years this committee functioned in South East Queensland, covering an area from Miriamvale to the Queensland Border when in September 1990 the Committee became an Incorporated body. In 1993, with the dissolution of the Mackay based North Queensland Regional Committee of Highland Dancing, the boundaries of South Queensland Committee were extended to the 22nd degree south latitude. This being the division between our Committee and that of the Far North Queensland Committee based in Townsville.
Over the years the control of Highland Dancing has seen many changes. Registration of Dancers, Registration of Competitions and Championships, conduct of Judges exams and interpretation of SOBHD technique for the benefit of teachers and judges have been just a few of the activities of the Committee.
On a 10 year rotational basis a major competition called Champion of Champions of Australia has been organised and South Queensland has hosted this prestigious `event three times. In addition to that the Executive Committee of the Australian Board of Highland Dancing moves from State to State every three years and South Queensland has operated in this capacity three times. At the present time the Australian Board Executive is currently domiciled in South Queensland.
In addition to these activities the Committee has from time to time conducted Combined Teachers Concerts, provided dancers for displays, in particular during the Royal National Show, in conjunction with the massed pipe bands and organised and held competitions in conjunction with the Highland Gathering in the Redlands.
South Queensland Region has for some time had the largest number of highland dancers within its control and is proud of the achievement of many of those who have danced in the past and are currently dancing.