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Celebrate The State Of Separation
The Royal Historical Society of Queensland invite one and all to celebrate the 155th Anniversary of The Separation of Queensland from New South Wales. Show your State pride and join in the evening celebrations with special guest Hon. Ian Walker, MP, Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts.
It was on 10 December in the year 1859 that nearly 4000 people lined the streets of Brisbane celebrating that Queen Victoria had approved the creation of Queensland's own representative government. Sir George Ferguson Bowen was sworn in as Queensland's first Governor, along with Robert Herbert who was selected to fulfil the role of Colonial Secretary - the forerunner to the position of Premier of Queensland.
Commissariat Store, Brisbane
Celebrations this December will take place in the Commissariat Store. This historic structure is Queensland's oldest occupied and most significant heritage building, Construction of the Commissariat Store began in July 1828. Convicts worked for four months excavating the river bank and laying foundations, and the building was completed in 1829.
Also occurring on the night is the keenly awaited book launch of "Lost Brisbane and surrounding areas 1860 - 1960". This photographic history of Brisbane by Kay Cohen, Val Donovan, Ruth Kerr, Margaret Kowald, Lyndsay Smith and Jean Stewart has been produced and published by Queensland Book Depot and contains a range of photographs from the archives of the RHSQ.
What a perfect Christmas idea for the true Queenslander.