TRUE ICON: Dr Lorna McDonald OAM thinks the Fitzroy River, among others, is a glaring omission from the Q150 icons list.
TRUE ICON: Dr Lorna McDonald OAM thinks the Fitzroy River, among others, is a glaring omission from the Q150 icons list.

Historian questions icons list

WHEN you're compiling a list of top Central Queensland icons, it is almost unthinkable that the Fitzroy River and The Gemfields should be omitted.

The two natural treasures have been left off a short list of 300 nominations for Queensland's top 150 icons.

Renowned Rockhampton historian Dr Lorna McDonald also thinks there are other notable absentees from the list.

She was surprised to learn that the Fitzroy River, Customs House and the Mount Morgan Gold Mine were left out.

“Customs House is known Australia-wide and there is a lot of heritage in there, so it should be on the list,” she said.

“The Fitzroy River should be on the list too; it is a very important river system and catchment which is second only to the Murray Darling catchment.

“But we have a lot more water going through there.

“The old Mount Morgan mine itself is missing, which is a shame, because in the 1890s it was the richest single gold mine in the world and it is very much known world-wide.”

The process of compiling the Q150 list started in October last year when the Queensland Government invited the public to put forward their nominations to their local member for icons across 10 different categories as part of the Q150 celebrations.

More than 700 nominations were received and these were short-listed to 300.

From March 2, Queenslanders will have the chance to vote on what they think are Queensland's top 150 icons from the list of 300 potential icons.

Premier Anna Bligh said the Q150 icons had sparked plenty of interest and healthy debate and getting the list down to the 150 would be no easy feat.

“This is a great time for us to define who we are and what Queensland says to us,” she said.

“Now is the time for Queenslanders to have their say on the top Queensland icons.”

Some of the Central Queensland entries on the list include the Archer family, Capricorn Caves and Rod Laver.

Vote for your Queensland Icon from March 2 on the Q150 website at www.q150.qld.gov.au or look out in The Morning Bulletin for a voting form at the end of March.

CQ entries:

Defining moments:

  • Moura Mine Disasters
  • QANTAS takes to the air
  • QLD shearers' strike of 1891

Events and festivals:

  • Beef Expo of Rockhampton
  • Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race

Influential artists:

  • The Go-Betweens (Singer Grant McLennan was born in Rockhampton)

Locations and town attractions:

  • Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame (Longreach)
  • Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge

Natural attractions:

  • Capricorn Caves
  • Carnarvon Gorge (near Rolleston)
  • Virgin Rock (Springsure)

Sports legends:

  • Anna Meares
  • Rod Laver

State-shapers:

  • Archer Family
  • James Duhig (Archbishop)

Structures and engineering feats:

  • Emerald Railway Station

Typically Queensland:

  • Bottle tree
  • Brahman cattle
  • Mud crab
  • Queenslander house
Lorna's icons:
  • The Fitzroy River Catchment
  • Customs House
  • Mount Morgan Gold Mine
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Alexandra Railway Bridge

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