Actors re-create Proclamation Day during a Q150 birthday celebration in Brisbane yesterday.
Actors re-create Proclamation Day during a Q150 birthday celebration in Brisbane yesterday. Patrick Hamilton

Q150 re-enacts Proclamation Day

QUEENSLAND has taken just 150 years to grow into a prosperous community with huge potential for the future.

A ceremony in Brisbane marking 150 years since the colony was officially separated from NSW was reminded of this fact.

The arrival of the first governor, Sir George Ferguson Bowen, and his wife, Lady Diamantina, was re-enacted yesterday with a flotilla sailing up the Brisbane River to the city’s Botanic Gardens, where the couple was met by present Governor Penelope Wensley.

The Governor inspected a parade of all three military services and the Australian Army Band.

Welcoming dignitaries, traditional owner, Turrbal elder Uncle Hughie Kirk, said tribes “lived in harmony with the land before the invasion”.

Ms Wensley said Governor Bowen had arrived to a great welcome as 4000 people, jubilant at their success in forming the new colony, gathered to meet him.

“They had been fighting, battling to become a separate colony for a considerable period, and now finally they had achieved it,” the Governor said.

“They were determined to make a go of it ... that this small colony would fulfil the promise of its name and grow to become, truly, the queen of lands. A hundred and fifty years after its creation, our state is strong, vigorous, successful and still growing.”

Rockhampton Regional Council said although there was no specific celebration yesterday, it had been marked during the year, in particular welcoming the Q150 Steam Train to the city.



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