About Queensland Week
Queensland Week is an annual celebration of the state’s culture, heritage, people and industry and this year was held from 31 May – 8 June.
The week-long celebration centres around the state’s birthday on 6 June and acknowledges the ‘birth’ of Queensland as a separate colony in its own right.
Since 1981, Queensland’s birthday has been officially promoted by the Queensland Government and has expanded to include a series of events and celebrations.
A highlight of Queensland Week is the prestigious Queensland Greats Awards which is announced in Brisbane by the Premier.
In celebrating Queensland Week, the community can share a sense of pride in being both an Australian and a Queenslander. It is a time to reflect on how lucky we are to be part of such a wonderful lifestyle.
In 2015, Queensland Week will be held from 30 May to 7 June.
History of Queensland Day
Moves towards statehood began with a public meeting in 1851 to consider separation from New South Wales.
As the push for separation gained momentum, Queen Victoria was approached to consider establishing a separate colony based on Moreton Bay. The Queen gave her approval and signed the Letters Patent on 6 June 1859, now known as Queensland Day. Not surprisingly, she favoured the name Queensland over suggestions to call it Cooksland in honour of Captain James Cook.
The new colony of Queensland had been established. With the word Separation painted on its hull, the ship Clarence sailed into Brisbane on 10 July to be greeted by a jubilant crowd eagerly anticipating the news of separation.
They welcomed Clarence with a 14-gun salute, a ‘blue light’ display and fireworks.
On 20 July, celebrations resumed with the news that Sir George Ferguson Bowen would be the state’s first Governor. Fireworks, cannon fire, flag raisings and the sound of a gun shot expressed the public’s sentiment.
On 10 December of that year, Governor Bowen arrived in Brisbane to a civic reception in the Botanical Gardens.
He officially marked the historic occasion of statehood by reading a proclamation from the verandah of the Deanery of St John’s Cathedral.