the Notary Public

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law, responsible for certifying and
attesting documents intended
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of the Notary Public

The office of notary public
can be traced back to the ancient
Roman Empire, where a prominent
but impartial public official
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The founding Secretary of the Society, back in 1936,
was Mr Neville Henderson. He held that position for
many years. Since then, there were two long standing
Secretaries. Mr George Walters took over the position in
the 1980’s and held it for about ten years. Don Seawright took
over the position in November 1995 until November 2015.
Mr Peter Williams was Secretary from November 2015
to November 2018.
Mr James Madden is the current Secretary.



The Society’s records suggest that the unincorporated predecessor of the Society, The Society of Notaries Queensland, was first constituted in a formal sense in about 1936.


In 1922, a register of Queensland Notaries was established. The first entry in that Register relates to Mr Thomas Morton of Wharf Street, Maryborough who was sworn as a Notary on 9 August 1880.


The Society was incorporated in 1988 under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981.

148Living registered Notaries in Queensland, as at 4 August 1999.

354Notaries registered since 1880, 148 as at 4 August 1999.


The Register also shows that by the turn of the century there were 11 Notaries.


The same Register is used today to record Queensland Notaries.

Many of the names appearing in the Register of Notaries are still seen in the firm names of many of the oldest and most highly regarded firms of solicitors presently practicing in Queensland.


The original entries in the Register of Notaries appear to have been
made by quill pen and the Register comes complete with its own quill
pen and instructions for cutting of quills. The quills pen was made
by Scriveners Company, which was founded in England in 1373.