Thomas Welsby began his career in the Bank of New South Wales before becoming an accountant. He later became a member of the Brisbane Stock Exchange, a director of the Royal Bank of Queensland and chairman of directors of Queensland Brewery Ltd. He eventually entered Parliament in 1911 after winning the seat of North Brisbane and later held Merthyr. However, his love of both history and sport defined his life. He was foundation honorary treasurer, president and vice-president of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, to which he bequeathed his large library, and he wrote seven books about the history of the Moreton Bay region. He played rugby union for Queensland in 1882, as well as managing the team, and in 1928 helped to revive the code, becoming president of the Queensland Rugby Union from l929-39 and donating the Welsby Cup. He formed the Queensland Amateur
Boxing and Wrestling Union in 1909, was patron of the Amateur Fishing Society from 1916 and was a founding member of the Royal Queensland Yacht Club, and commodore from 1903-19.
From The Story of Ipswich Grammar School 1863-2013, Sophie Church