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Lutwyche 4030
QLD AU
Tel +61.404452148

About Us

The Inspiration

In all his designs Sir Henry Royce (1863-1933) demonstrated an attention to detail never previously seen in the automotive and aeronautical worlds. His motto was his engineering standard: Quidvis recte factum quamvis humile præclarum (Whatever is rightly done, however humble, is noble). ‘Rightly done’ are the key words in the Rolls-Royce ethos, and there are many fine examples of Royce’s determination to strive for perfection. He was also guided by the philosophy: ‘Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it.’

Establishment of the Foundation

The Sir Henry Royce Foundation was created from a discussion at the 1995 Federal Rally of the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club of Australia. It was proposed that a stand-alone body be created to preserve the heritage of the past in relation to items manufactured by Rolls-Royce and Bentley, the history of the Founders (Sir Henry Royce, The Hon C.S. Rolls and W.O. Bentley), and all printed material relating to the Company’s automobiles and aircraft engines. Following much discussion and professional advice, a charitable Trust was created and named ‘The Sir Henry Royce Foundation’.

Four Trustees were appointed to the Trust with the Deed of Trust being executed on 28 April 1996. Those Trustees were: David C Jones, OBE AO KSJ – Chairman; David G Vann; Malcolm N Johns; and James C Kelso.

The Trustees immediately commenced the promotion of The Foundation in an endeavour to collect memorabilia and other material, and very quickly an impressive collection of items was amassed which has kept growing year by year. Today (2016) over 20,000 items are owned or under the care of The Foundation.

Items in The Foundation’s collection encompass aero engines (including a left-hand traction Merlin engine), industrial engines, a Royce electric crane and the former vice-regal Rolls-Royce Phantom V.

The Trustees are grateful to a large number of persons and organisations that have supported the Foundation, including Mr Ian Dunn, Mr George Forbes, Mr Malcolm Johns and Mr Jeff Knott, who all gave their professional services without cost at the time of The Foundation’s creation.

The work of The Foundation can never be finished. There will always be opportunity to add to the collection and eventually to have the collection on public display.

The Trustees

The formal ‘Instrument Creating the Sir Henry Royce Foundation’ was signed by the four Founding Trustees – David Jones AM OBE KSJ, Malcolm Johns, Jim Kelso OAM, and David Vann OAM – all former Federal Presidents and Honorary Life Members of the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club of Australia (RROCA). The signing was witnessed by two of the RROCA’s Foundation Members, Barrie and Margaret Gillings. At the first meeting of Trustees in Sydney on 16 August 1996, David Jones was elected the Inaugural Chairman. Jim Kelso resigned in 2006. David Neely was appointed as a Trustee in 2007 and resigned in 2012. In 2008 David Jones became Patron, and David Vann was appointed Chairman. David Davis was appointed as a Trustee in 2008 and resigned in 2012. In 2010 Russell Rolls was appointed as a Trustee, and Chairman in May 2011, following the resignation of David Vann from that position. In 2013 Brian Crump and Eric Henderson were appointed Trustees. In 2016 Frank Carroll was appointed as a Trustee following the resignation of David Vann.

Gilbert Ralph MBE OAM is the Foundation’s Honorary Archivist.

.The Objects of the Foundation

The Charitable Objects of the Foundation are for the advancement of the science and technology of mechanical engineering for the public benefit and the advancement of education in such ways as the Trustees in their absolute discretion think fit, including:

  • Making available for study and research purposes the corpus of the published and unpublished work of the late Sir Henry Royce and by promoting and providing facilities for such study and research and for the study of the history and development of the pursuit of excellence in the science of mechanical engineering;
  • Establishing, providing and maintaining a library containing books, manuscripts, records, photographs, films, microfilms, sound recordings, computer discs and other material howsoever stored connected with the science of mechanical engineering;
  • Establishing, providing and maintaining a museum for the preservation and exhibition of objects illustrating or connected with the science of mechanical engineering;
  • Allowing the public reasonable access to any material in the Trustees' hands and to provide copies of such material;
  • Lending material to any library, museum, university or other educational establishment or any bona fide researcher;
  • Providing workshops and other facilities for research and study connected with the science of mechanical engineering;
  • Providing grants, loans, scholarships and other forms of financial assistance for courses connected with the study of mechanical engineering;
  • Collecting and publishing or procuring the publications of the results of any research or study or of any other information in any way connected with these Charitable Objects;
  • Promoting and organising conferences, meeting, seminars, lectures, exhibitions, open days, displays and like projects;
  • Using any property held by the Trustees to provide such accommodation as may be necessary or convenient for the attainment of the Charitable Objects including accommodation for individuals, groups and organisations;
  • Establishing, promoting, amalgamating or federating with or subsidising or otherwise assisting financially any trust, institution, foundation or other organisation having aims and objects similar to those of the Foundation;
  • Exchanging information and ideas with and advising, seeking advice from and co-operating generally with entities established within or outside Australia having aims and objects similar to those of the Foundation;
  • Undertaking charitable trusts with objects similar to or in any way connected with the aims and objects of the Foundation; and,
  • Doing such other lawful things as are necessary for the attainment of the Charitable Objects.

The Foundation is administered and supported by volunteers, some of whom are pictured below, and the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club of Australia

The Strategic Outlook of the Foundation

The Charitable Objects of the Foundation include:

“the advancement of the science and technology of mechanical engineering for the public benefit; and the advancement of education”.
In particular, The Foundation seeks to promote the engineering ideals of Sir Henry Royce.

To view the Strategic Outlook of the Foundation please visit: Foundation Strategic Outlook

The Foundation is administered and supported by volunteers and the Rolls-Royce Owners' Club of Australia

The Foundation is administered and supported by volunteers and the Rolls-Royce Owners' Club of Australia

The Foundation is administered and supported by volunteers and the Rolls-Royce Owners' Club of Australia