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Queensland Week

QUEENSLAND WEEK
June

Queensland Week has been celebrated across the State to showcase Queensland people, places and achievements. Each year, a range of diverse activities are held that involve the young and the old, families, business and a range of communities throughout Queensland.
The week derived from the celebration of Queensland Day, which is held each year on 6 June each year to commemorate the day that Queensland separated from New South Wales.

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 at Moreton Bay. The Queen gave her approval and signed the Letters Patent on 6 June 1859. On the same day an Order-in-Council gave Queensland its own Constitution. Queensland became a self-governing colony with its own Governor, a nominated Legislative Council and an elected Legislative Assembly.

Queensland WeekNow 6 June is celebrated by Queenslanders as the day when the new colony of Queensland was 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 awaiting the news of separation. 'Clarence' was welcomed with a 14-gun salute, a 'blue light' display and fireworks.

On July 20, Queensland was informed that Sir George Ferguson Bowen would be the State's first Governor. Celebrations resumed with fireworks, cannon fires, flag raisings and the sound of gun shots.

On 10 December 1859, Governor Bowen arrived in Brisbane to a civic reception in the Botanic Gardens. He officially marked the historic occasion of Statehood by reading a proclamation from the verandah of the Deanery of St. John's Cathedral.