130th celebration hits high note

Thynne + Macartney’s 130th anniversary celebrations hit a high note at the Fortitude Music Hall as partners, lawyers, staff and friends of Brisbane’s oldest firm formed a pub choir.

Chairman of Partners Marc Maskell welcomed guests to the event this month, thanking and introducing the Great Queenslanders who were joined the celebrations after being nominated via the firm’s website.

Marc (pictured above) shared some highlights from the firm’s recent history and vision for the future.

An updated history of the firm, Thynne + Macartney – The First 130 Years was also launched at the event.

Written by historian Carmel Carrick, the firm’s history is intertwined with historical events in Brisbane and Queensland.

The history is based on interviews with past and present partners and staff, as well as significant research into the early days of the firm.


Paul de Jersey AC CVO and KC wrote the inspiring foreword and Margaret McMurdo AC shared documents and articles from her father’s time as a partner at the firm.

But the highlight of the evening was Great Queenslander Astrid Jorgensen (pictured below) and Dana Gehrman leading a pub choir rendition of a Queensland anthem.

After four weeks of voting by guests, Powderfinger’s These Days was selected as the most popular Queensland anthem for the event, just ahead of Sounds of Then by Gang Gajang and The GoBetweens’ Cattle and Cane.

Copies of the firm’s updated history are available upon request to

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