Last year’s local Stafford Queensland Week Award winners: L to R – Kylie Woodruff, Suzan McLennan-Lyon, Val Smith, Gabrielle Quilliam, Paul Quilliam, Jack Pool, Craig Buerckner, Gwen Murphy-Edwards, John Smith
23 May 2016 –
Queensland Week is an annual celebration of our state’s culture, heritage, people and industry.
This year Queensland Week will be held from 4-12 June. As part of Queensland Week celebrations I will be hosting an afternoon tea to honour some of our local outstanding Queenslanders.
If you know a local who has made a significant contribution to the community nominate them for a Stafford Queensland Week Award. You can download the nomination form here: Nomination Form 2016
History of Queensland Day
Queensland was established as a separate colony on 6 June 1859. Queensland’s history of course goes back much further than 1859, European settlers already well established by this time and local Indigenous cultures go back thousands of years.
Moves towards statehood began with a public meeting in 1851 to consider separation from New South Wales.
As the push for separation gained momentum, Queen Victoria was approached to consider establishing a separate colony based on Moreton Bay. The Queen gave her approval and signed the Letters Patent on 6 June 1859, now known as Queensland Day. Not surprisingly, she favoured the name Queensland over suggestions to call it Cooksland in honour of Captain James Cook.
The new colony of Queensland had been established. With the word Separation painted on its hull, the ship Clarence sailed into Brisbane on 10 July to be greeted by a jubilant crowd eagerly anticipating the news of separation.
They welcomed Clarence with a 14-gun salute, a ‘blue light’ display and fireworks.
On 20 July, celebrations resumed with the news Sir George Ferguson Bowen would be the state’s first Governor. Fireworks, cannon fire, flag raising and the sound of a gunshot expressed the public’s sentiment.
On 10 December of that year, Governor Bowen arrived in Brisbane to a civic reception in the Botanical Gardens.
He officially marked the historic occasion of statehood by reading a proclamation from the veranda of the Deanery of St John’s Cathedral.
Find out more about Queensland’s state flag, emblems and icons.