Queensland Day: Happy birthday Queensland!
HAPPY Birthday Queensland!
Today is Queensland Day, the state's birthday. It acknowledges the "birth" of Queensland as a separate colony in its own right.
It is part of Queensland Week, an annual celebration of the state's culture, heritage, people and industry, which was held this past week.
On June 6 in 1859, Queen Victoria signed the Letters Patent to establish the new colony of Queensland.
To announce the separation from New South Wales, the ship Clarence sailed into Brisbane to a 14-gun salute, fireworks and a jubilant crowd, and the state has been celebrating ever since.