The John Oxley Library recently received an interesting collection of photographs of a Queensland Day function held in 1985 in the Queensland Room of McDonnell & East Department Store in George Street, Brisbane. The photographs are significant in that this was the first year in which Queensland Day was a fully themed event.
The event was hosted by larger than life, Minister for Local Government and Main Roads, Russell Hinze, and featured a Q1 number plate auction, a display focusing on railways and transport in Queensland and a model of the Brisbane Transit Centre which officially opened in September 1986. Miss Queensland 1985, Melinda Rojahn, also appears in one of the photographs.
Queensland Day, June 6th, has been celebrated since 1981 and usually includes a week of celebrations focusing on the State’s history, development and achievements. The date of June 6th acknowledges the birth of Queensland as a self-governing colony and is the anniversary on which Queen Victoria signed the letters patent granting Queensland the right to its own representative government and appointing Sir George Ferguson Bowen as the first governor.
Peter Rasey, the photographer and donor, was a former Young Liberal State Vice President and was awarded life membership of the Young Liberal Movement in 1990.
The collection is available at the John Oxley Library (Peter Rasey Photographs of Queensland Day Celebrations, 1985, Acc: 28513, Box 16578). It may also be viewed online.
Lynn Meyers – Original Materials Librarian, State Library of Queensland