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Michael Bryce

Michael Bryce
Bryce c. 2008
Viceregal consort of Australia
In office
5 September 2008 – 28 March 2014
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralDame Quentin Bryce
Preceded byMarlena Jeffery
Succeeded byLynne, Lady Cosgrove
Personal details
Michael John Strachan Bryce

(1938-11-07)7 November 1938
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Died15 January 2021(2021-01-15) (aged 82)
Queensland, Australia
SpouseDame Quentin Bryce
(m. 1964; died 2021)
Alma materUniversity of Queensland (B. Arch.)
OccupationRoyal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Reservist
Architect and graphic designer
Vice-regal husband

Michael John Strachan Bryce, AM, AE, FRSA, (21 June 1938 – 15 January 2021) was an Australian architect and graphic and industrial designer. He was the husband of the 25th governor-general of Australia, Dame Quentin Bryce.[1]

Early life and career

Michael Bryce was born in Brisbane, Queensland, and attended Gordonvale State School in north Queensland, and Brisbane State High School. He gained a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Queensland in 1962. He returned to Australia and started an architecture practice in 1968. His practice won awards for graphic and environmental design, including the Civic Design Award, the Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) House of the Year Award, and the RAIA President's Award. The practice also received citations in the RAIA, DIA and AGDA awards, as well as the Honor Award of the United States Society of Environmental Graphic Design.[2]

In 1988, Bryce joined his practice with those of Marcello Minale and Brian Tattersfield in London to form Minale Tattersfield Bryce and Partners. In 1998 he was a member of the judging panel for a design competition for an alternative National Australian Flag, run by Ausflag.[3][4] He was principal design adviser to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, personally designing the stylised "Opera House" Olympic bid logo,[5][6][7] and advising on the application of the corporate branding. His later firm, Minale Bryce, does graphic and industrial designing.

Among his other designs and clients have been:

In 1977 Bryce was elected inaugural Queensland President of the Design Institute of Australia and Federal President in 1979.[9] He was a life fellow of the institute, a life fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Bryce was appointed an Adjunct Professor of Design at the Queensland College of Art (Griffith University), the School of Design and Architecture at the University of Canberra and the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales.

Bryce retired from Minale Bryce in September 2008, following his wife's appointment as Governor-General of Australia. The day after her swearing-in, he announced he would be selling his design practice in order to avoid "any breath of conflict of interests".[10]

In 2010 Bryce became Patron of the Australian Institute of Architects.[11][12]

Other activities and interests

At university, Bryce joined the Royal Australian Air Force Reserve as a member of the Queensland University Squadron, and later joined the No. 23 (City of Brisbane) Squadron. While with the RAAF Reserve he was appointed as honorary Aide-de-Camp to the governor of Queensland.[2] He was a former patron of the Royal Australian Air Force Association in Queensland, a trustee of the Queensland Art Gallery and a member of the boards of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Orchestra. He served as a ministerial adviser on the Child Accident Prevention Foundation and as the founding president of Melanoma Patients Australia.[2]

Personal life

Bryce married Quentin Strachan on 12 December 1964; the couple had two daughters and three sons.[13][14]

Bryce died on 15 January 2021, aged 82, after a long illness.[15][16]


In 2003, Bryce was conferred with the degree of doctor of the university honoris causa by the University of Canberra.[17] He was honoured by Indesign Magazine as a luminary. In 2006, he was inducted into the Design Institute of Australia Hall of Fame.[18]

Member of the Order of Australia (AM) 12 June 2006[19]
Knight of the Order of St John 2003
National Medal for 15 years national service
Australian Defence Medal 2006
Anniversary of National Service 1951–1972 Medal
Air Efficiency Award (AE) 1970

See also


  1. ^ Who's Who in Australia. ConnectWeb. 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia Archived 15 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Lunch at the Brisbane Town Hall Archived 6 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Ausflag Archived 15 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Powerhouse Museum Collection.
  6. ^ D*Hub. (17 August 2012).
  7. ^ Powerhouse Museum Collection. (1 March 1991).
  8. ^ Design Institute of Australia.
  9. ^ "History of the DIA". Design Institute of Australia. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  10. ^ The Age. The Age (6 September 2008).
  11. ^ "National Council - Committees - Australian Institute of Architects". Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Bryce becomes patron of Australian Architecture Association - Architecture And Design". Architecture And Design. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  13. ^ Singh (2010)
  14. ^ "Their Excellencies the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO and Mr Michael Bryce AM AE". Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. The Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  15. ^ Dudley, Ellie (16 January 2021). "Quentin Bryce mourns death of husband Michael Bryce, aged 82". The Australian. News Corporation Australia. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  16. ^ "BRYCE, Michael John Strachan". MyTributes. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  17. ^ University of Queensland – Mr Michael Bryce: Citation.
  18. ^ "DIA Hall of Fame". Design Institute of Australia. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  19. ^ It's an Honour: AM. (12 June 2006).


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