The Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrate Queensland

State Library of Queensland recently received a donation of photographs of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrating Fraser Island during their tour of Australia in October 2018.

Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex shaking hands with a young Butchulla dancer following a traditional dance at Fraser Island, 2018. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 32030-0002-0020

The photographs of the Queensland leg of the tour depict Their Royal Highnesses during 22-23 October 2018.  They first landed in Hervey Bay and then toured Fraser Island or K’gari as it is known by traditional owners the Butchulla people.  The visit celebrated the dedication of the site as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC). The QCC presents a unique opportunity to save the world’s forests in the Commonwealth while conserving Indigenous forests for future generations.

Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex unveiling a plaque for the dedication of the Forests of K’gari on Fraser Island to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, 2018. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 32030-0002-0016

The Duke took part in a traditional Welcome to Country Smoking Ceremony and unveiled a plaque for the dedication of the Forests of K’gari to the QCC. He then toured one of Fraser Island’s iconic lakes. He and The Duchess of Sussex met with local elders, national park rangers and members of the community to learn about the Island’s natural beauty, rich history, biodiversity and cultural significance.

These images were taken by AUSPIC photographer Penny Bradfield and donated to John Oxley Library from Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s office with permission from the Australian Department of Parliamentary Services and the Australian Prime Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. 

Group of people standing listening to speeches on the visit of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Fraser Island, 2018. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 32030-0002-0014
Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, a Butchulla man and a woman in conversation at Fraser Island, 2018. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 32030-0002-000
Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex posing with Butchulla dancers following a traditional dance at Fraser Island, 2018. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 32030-0002-0024
Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex shaking hands with a young Butchulla dancer following a traditional dance at Fraser Island, 2018. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 32030-0002-0020
Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex greeting a group of park rangers at Fraser Island, 2018. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 32030-0002-0029
TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex holding teddy bears with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk at Kingfisher Bay Jetty, Fraser Island, 2018. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 32030-0002-0035

This collection of photographs can be viewed online via State Library’s catalogue, One Search.

C. Cottle – Specialist Librarian, State Library of Queensland