Queensland ( KWEENZ-land) is a state situated in northeastern Australia, and is the second-largest and third-most populous Australian state. It is bordered by the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales to the west, south-west and south respectively. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and the Pacific Ocean. To its north is the Torres Strait, separating the Australian mainland from Papua New Guinea. With an area of 1,852,642 square kilometres (715,309 sq mi), Queensland is the world's sixth-largest sub-national entity, and is larger than all but 15 countries. Due to its size, Queensland's geographical features and climates are diverse, including tropical rainforests, rivers, coral reefs, mountain ranges and sandy beaches in its tropical and sub-tropical coastal regions, as well as deserts and savanna in the semi-arid and desert climatic regions of its interior.
Queensland has a population of over 5.1 million, concentrated along the coast and particularly in South East Queensland. The capital and largest city in the state is Brisbane, Australia's third-largest city. Ten of Australia's thirty largest cities are located in Queensland, with the largest outside Brisbane being the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Cairns and Toowoomba. The state's population is multicultural, with 28.9% of inhabitants being immigrants. (Full article...)
Sugar cane fields in Queensland, 1959. Sugar cane has been an integral part of Queensland's economy for decades. (from Queensland)
Returned World War II soldiers march in Queen Street, Brisbane, 1944 (from
Boer War in South Africa. (from Queensland)
Parade of troops in Brisbane, prior to departure for the
Pictured left: Process workers at work at the Golden Circle cannery, 1947
Golden Circle is a subsidiary of US-based Heinz Corporation, based in Brisbane, Queensland. Its main operations are food processing. Golden Circle began operations in 1947 after construction of the main canning factory at Northgate was completed. As of 2009, Golden Circle ceased to be an Australian owned company. The company employs a large number of people, which varies seasonally between 700 and 1,700.
Golden Circle manufactures more than 800 products. Initially, the company processed and canned pineapples and produced fruit jams. Over the years, production has expanded to include other canned fruit and vegetables, fruit cordials, juices, carbonated beverages and baby food. Golden Circle operates the world's largest steam peeler and new beetroot processing lines. The main production facility is at Northgate, a northern suburb of Brisbane. (Full article...)
Did You Know?
- ...from the Brisbane Centre at Brisbane Airport, Airservices Australia manages the airspace over the northern half of Australia, representing 5% of the world’s total airspace?
- ...that the first female police officers of the Queensland Police were inducted in 1931?
- ...that goats left by early survey vessel mariners and the early guano vessels on Lady Musgrave Island were finally removed in 1974?
- ...that the Coat of arms of Queensland (pictured) includes a shield containing representations of Queensland's most abundant industries?
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