Did you know Queensland could easily have been named Cooksland, if the Queen didn’t have her way? Queensland Day celebrates the birthday of the state every year on June 6. It is on this day, in 1859, that the Queen granted the state the right to form its own government. The day commemorates the struggle of the people of Queensland against the British Rule. It is also an opportunity to celebrate everything that’s great about Queensland, from its many Natural Heritage Sites to the sunny days (which make for great barbecue opportunities).
Queensland Day - History
The Official Celebration of the Day
June 6 is officially celebrated as Queensland Day for the first time.
June 6, 1859
The Queen Signs Separation Document
The Queen signs Letters Patent, letting Moreton Bay to form its own government. Queensland is adopted as the name of the new colony.
British Government is Granted Power
The Imperial Parliament passes an act granting the British Government the power to form new colonies.
Petition for Separation
Agitation by various factions in Moreton Bay results in a petition being sent to the Queen for separation of Moreton Bay from New South Wales.
Queensland Day Activities
1. Host a barbecue
Start your winters right with a barbecue lunch on Queensland Day. Invite your friends, get the grill ready, and make sure you have a bucket full of ice and beer!
2. Explore Queensland
Queensland has 5 Natural Heritage Sites and 200 national parks. Take this opportunity to explore the natural wonders of the state. If you are short on time, a drive down Gold Coast with family is always an experience.
3. Catch up on history
Pick a book on the British Empire or watch a documentary that chronicles its rise and fall. "British Empire in Color" is a worthy recommendation here. While it is important to let the past go, we also believe it is important to know your roots.
5 Interesting Facts About Queensland
1. It is home to the Dingo Fence
The fence, which runs from central Queensland to South Australia, is twice the length of the Great Wall of China.
2. Queensland’s Parliament didn't have women's toilets
When it was first built, the parliament of the state didn't have any women's toilets, since there were no female MPs.
3. Lung Fish live here
Lung Fish is a living fossil, which dates back to the Triassic period. It is about 350 million years old.
4. It was the first to abolish death penalty
Queensland was the first British Commonwealth colony to abolish death penalty, in 1922.
5. Tall rainforests grow in sand here
Fraser Island in Queensland has rainforests growing in sand dunes, the only place in the world where such a spectacle can be seen.
Why We Love Queensland Day
A. It celebrates the power of social uprisings
The British were forced to give Queensland the right to form their own government after the people of the state started demanding for a separate colony from New South Wales. The day commemorates people's struggles against the British rule.
B. It is the perfect excuse to explore Queensland
The second-largest Australian state has a lot to offer, from the famous Gold Coast to a number of World Natural Heritage Sites. Queensland Day is the perfect excuse to celebrate the geography, heritage, and culture of the state.
C. The maroon decorations are gorgeous
On Queensland Day, government buildings, landmarks, and monuments are decorated with maroon lighting. Even pavements in several key areas are decorated with maroon color.