For much of its 159 years, the Club has been honoured to have royal or vice-regal patronage, including His Royal Highness, The Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh.
Our present Patron is Her Excellency Margaret Joan Beazley, AO, QC, the 39th Governor of New South Wales.
Her Excellency was born in Hurstville, Sydney, one of five children born to Gordon and Lorna Beazley; her father worked as a milkman. She grew up in the suburb of Hurstville, and was educated at Catholic schools – she graduated from the Sydney Law School at The University of Sydney in 1974 in law, with honours.
From 1996 to 2019, she was a Judge of Appeal of the New South Wales Court of Appeal. She was President of the court, the first woman to hold the office, from 2013 until February 2019.
Her Excellency has also served on the Australian Executive of Amnesty International (1980).
In January 2019 she accepted the position of 39th Governor of New South Wales, to take over from David Hurley in May. She was sworn in as governor on 2 May 2019.