The Dr Clem Jones AO Queensland Open Snooker Championship is well-recognised all over Australia as one of the must-attend events on the calendar and duly carries double ranking point status.
It attracts the best players in Queensland and Australia and is strongly supported by local players wanting a chance to compete against the best Australia has to offer.
This tournament, with the quality of field it attracts, inspires Juniors and others to take up the sport.
Dr Jones was born in Ipswich in 1918, educated at the Church of England Grammar School in Brisbane, and went on to become a qualified surveyor and town planner. In his late 30s he sold his business, retired from a successful business career and embarked on a public service career.
Dr Jones was elected Lord Mayor of Brisbane in 1961 and served a record term in office. He was affectionately known as “Mr Brisbane”, and is credited with turning Brisbane into the modern, vibrant and cosmopolitan city it is today.
He was appointed Chairman of the Darwin Reconstruction Commission in January 1975, a task he saw completed in only three of the five years awarded to it.
Dr Jones received many awards during his career including an Order of Australia medal in 1976, Queenslander of the Year in 1990 and Queensland Great in 2002, various honorary doctorates and was given the keys to the City of Brisbane in 1998.
Dr Jones was heavily involved in the administration and promotion of Billiards & Snooker in Queensland, Nationally and Internationally. He was an Executive Member and Chairman of the International Billiards & Snooker Federation and Life Member; President, Past President, Vice President and Life Member of the Australian Billiards & Snooker Council; Delegate to the Asian Billiards and Snooker Federation. Member of the World Seedings Committee. Chairman of the Australian Confederation of Cue Sports; Australian Delegate to the World Billiards Congress of 1997; Queensland Billiards & Snooker Association Executive Member, Life Member and our Patron from 1958.
Dr Jones had a long and distinguished career as a businessman, politician and philanthropist showing particular empathy for youth wellbeing, medical research, aged care and sport.
We express our heartfelt thanks to “Clem”, a man of great character, a true gentleman who gave this time support and financial assistance to those in need. This valued work and assistance is now continued through The Clem Jones Foundation.
Dr Jones leaves a great legacy to the City and people of Brisbane that will never be underestimated or forgotten. A proud Queenslander and Australian who offered so much to so many people, in so many different ways.