Queensland Day

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Queensland Day is officially celebrated on 6 June as the birthday of the Australian state of Queensland.


Detail from Letters Patent erecting Colony of Queensland.

Moves towards statehood began with a public meeting in 1851 to consider separation of Queensland from New South Wales. As the push for separation gained momentum, Queen Victoria was approached to consider establishing a separate colony based at Moreton Bay. The Queen gave her approval and signed the Letters Patent on 6 June 1859. On the same day an Order-in-Council gave Queensland its own Constitution. Queensland became a self-governing colony with its own Governor, a nominated Legislative Council and an elected Legislative Assembly.

Now 6 June is celebrated by Queenslanders as the day when the new colony of Queensland was established.

With the word 'Separation' painted on its hull, the ship Clarence sailed into Brisbane on 10 July 1859, to be greeted by a jubilant crowd eagerly awaiting the news of separation. Clarence was welcomed with a 14-gun salute, a 'blue light' display and fireworks.

On 20 July, Queensland was informed that Sir George Bowen would be the State's first Governor. Celebrations resumed with fireworks, cannon fires, flag raisings and the sound of gunshots.

On 10 December 1859, Governor Bowen arrived in Brisbane to a civic reception in the Botanic Gardens. He officially marked the historic occasion of Separation by reading a proclamation from the verandah of the Deanery of St. John's Cathedral.

Queenslander of the Year[edit]

Since 1981, Queensland Day has been celebrated as the official birthday. Celebrations provide an opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of Queenslanders with "Queenslander of the Year", "Young Queenslander of the Year" and "Community Spirit" awards.[1] The "Community Spirit" award was given to one of the finalists from the "Queenslander of the Year" or the "Young Queenslander of the Year" awards.

Year Queenslander of the Year Young Queenslander of the Year Community Spirit Award
2016 Cate McGregor
2011 Dr Noel Hayman [2]
2010 Dimity Dornan AM Yassmin Abdel-Magied Dr James Morton
2009 Sergeant Dimitrios (Jim) Bellos Chiu-Hing Chan Heather Nancarrow
2008 Graeme Wood Homa Forotan Karen Bartlett
2007 Professor Matthew Sanders Lars Olsen Jess Wellard, Alexandra Gasteen, Greg Nelson
2006 Professor Ian Frazer Leisel Jones Shenee Lea Geerin
2005 Dr Geoff Hill Alen-Igor O'Hran
2004 Dr Chris Sarra Leisl Packer
2003 Professor Alan Mackay-Sim Alice Chang-Douglas
2002 John Eales AM Danielle Begg
2001 Lloyd Hancock Mark Farrell-Nikenbah
2000 Dr Aila Keto AO James Moody
1999 Margot Appleyard Petros Khalesirad
1998 Betty Byrne Henderson AM Tiffany Dudman
1997 Cedric Johnson AM Perry Cross
1996 Christina Yeomans OAM Tarita Botsman and Michael Kasprowicz
1995 Dr Cherrell Hirst AO Nicholas Gerathy
1994 Allan Border AO Lana Higson
1993 Mary Lowe AM John McColl and Kylie Buchanan
1992 Graham Jenkinson AM Danae Sweetapple
1991 Leneen Forde AC Roger Lord
1990 Dr Clem Jones AO Aaron Maree
1989 Sister Angela Mary Doyle AO Joanne Hein
1988 Sir Llewellyn Edwards AC
1987 Rev. Canon John Warby OAM
1986 Dr Russell Strong AL
1985 Iris Buntine OAM BEM
1984 Ron Grant OAM
1983 Sir Edward Williams KBE KCMG
1982 Robin Gibson
1981 Lady Cilento

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Celebration of Queensland's Anniversary of Foundation". QLD Government. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Sykes, Emma (25 January 2011). "Queenslander of the Year 2011: Dr Noel Hayman". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 24 February 2015.