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Queensland History

Queensland’s History is a rich and colourful one, from aboriginal times to modern day Queensland there have been many memorable and important developments that make Queensland unique.
Of course, below is just a quick snapshot of the history of Queensland, there are many websites available where you can find more detailed information. Here at visit-queensland, we merely hope to arouse your interest so that you want to find out more.

Prior to European settlement, the Aboriginal people are known to have inhabited the land for some 40,000 years, for more information about the aboriginal people and their rich culture please (click here).
The “Town of 1770” is a small town on the coast of Queensland that was so named because this was where Captain (at the time Lieutenant) James Cook first landed when he sailed from England to explore Australia. There are other interesting stories related to that voyage located one of which can be found on our (Cape tribulation page).
Originally created as a penal settlement in 1825, (Brisbane) was established to house the less cooperative convicts from New South Wales.
The Brisbane penal settlement lasted only until 1839 when it was decided to close it and open up the land for sale to permanent free settlers.
Queen Victoria approved the separation of Queensland from New South Wales on 6 June 1859 which established Queensland as an independent Colony.
In the early 1860’s Gold was discovered around (Rockhampton), this was the first of many such discoveries and Queensland is now a world renowned producer of both gold and many other precious metals and minerals which it exports across the world.
Before mining became a major contributor to the wealth of Queensland, Sheep were considered the most important industry for both Queensland and other states of Australia, right up until the late 1970’s it was said that Australia (rode on the sheep’s back).
One major incident for Queensland was the shearers strike of 1891 when a sheep station in the Darling Downs region employed non-union workers, whilst the strike never progressed to open revolution, it is widely acknowledged as having brought about the Labour movement (political Party) in Australia after a meeting was held under (The Tree Of Knowledge).
Queenslander’s have (like parents in all other states and territories of Australia) sent their sons and daughters to every major conflict of the modern era since European Settlement, hence there is a strong attachment to (ANZAC DAY).
Anzac Day is held to commemorate those who have died in service to Australia; the day generally starts with a Gunfire Breakfast followed by a dawn service and a parade of Military Veterans.
Some years ago the Returned Services League (RSL) of Australia began encouraging young Australians to march with the veterans and carry the medals won by their antecedents so as to keep the tradition alive in the coming generations.
This initiative has been an overwhelming success with crowds at Anzac Day Services and Marches stronger than ever before with most people in Australia attending a ceremony of some kind on the day.

Queenslander’s voted mostly “Yes” to the referendum for Queensland to join the Federation in January of 1901, officially known as “The Union of the Commonwealth of Australia”.
As part of federation each colony lost it’s colonial status and became a state, but retained most of their independence such as their own Governor General and state parliaments.


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