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2005 Queensland Greats recipients

The Queensland Greats honoured in 2005 were:

Bill Brown OAM

The late Bill Brown was the team-mate of the late Sir Donald Bradman, and a member of the legendary Invincibles, who toured England in 1948 without defeat. He made his debut for New South Wales against Queensland at the Gabba in November 1932, where he was run out for a duck without facing a ball. He was Wisden Cricketer of the Year (1939), averaged nearly 47 in test cricket, and over 50 in first-class cricket, making 39 first-class hundreds. He would have undoubtedly played more Test cricket if it were not for the war. In June 2000, Mr Brown was awarded the Order of Australia for service to cricket as a player, selector, coach and administrator and for his involvement with the cricket charity Lord's Taverners, which raises money to help disadvantaged young people.

Dr Tony Gould AM

Dr Tony Gould has been a driving force behind the development of Queensland’s performing arts for more than 20 years. In July 1979, following a world-wide search, Tony was named Director of Queensland's $130 million Performing Arts Complex at the Queensland Cultural Centre. Under Tony's direction, the complex has become internationally known for its contribution to social-justice performing arts programs, arts education activities and special initiatives for the elderly, the young, the disabled and the disadvantaged of the community. After this role, Tony has left another lasting legacy as artistic director for five Brisbane Festivals. Tony believes this has been his greatest contribution to Queensland. Under Tony’s leadership, vision and development of artists and new companies, Queensland’s dynamic arts industry has thrived.

Patrick Terrence (Terry) Jackman AM

Terry Jackman is one of Queensland's leading business identities and has been an influential figure in the growth of the state's tourism industry. Terry commenced work at the age of 15 for Birch, Carroll and Coyle Limited, Brisbane, where he worked for 20 years, the last five as the company's Chief Executive. In 1989, Terry formed Pacific Cinemas Pty Ltd, now the largest privately owned cinema exhibition group in Australia. In Terry’s role as the Chairman of Tourism Queensland, he played a central role in the success and growth of Queensland’s tourism industry.

Dr Aila Keto AO

A recognised authority on world heritage, Dr Aila Keto helped achieve the landmark closure in 1988 of the rainforest timber industry in north Queensland and the subsequent end of all rainforest-logging on Queensland public land in 1994. Dr Keto's determination also helped achieve three successful world heritage listings - the Wet Tropics, Fraser Island and the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia. The listing of Queensland's Wet Tropics as a world heritage site in 1988 saved 1.5 million hectares of land, some of it containing the oldest blueprints for life on earth. In 1999, Dr Keto effectively preserved another 1.25 million hectares of Queensland hardwood forests when she helped negotiate the historic South East Queensland Forest Agreement.

Rod Laver MBE

Rod Laver left school at age 15 to pursue a career in tennis. His maiden international triumph came during his first trip abroad in 1956, when he won the US Junior Championship at age 17. Laver's career boasts 20 major titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles, placing him fifth among all-time male winners. Rod turned professional in 1962 and in that same year became the first male Grand Slam winner in tennis since Don Budge in 1938. He won the Grand Slam again in 1969, the first person ever to do so twice. During a 23-year career that spanned the amateur and open eras, he won 47 pro titles in singles and was runner-up 21 times. Rod has been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the Sports Australia Hall of Fame.
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30 July 2012

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