With Queensland Week in full swing until 8 June, bmag went to the streets to find out what people love about being a Queenslander…

Breaking up is hard to do, but Queensland hasn’t looked back from its separation from New South Wales.

It was Queen Victoria who granted approval for the separation and signed Letters Patent on 6 June 1859 to establish the new colony of Queensland. On the same day, an Order-in-Council gave Queensland its own constitution.

In 1860 Ipswich and Rockhampton were officially declared towns and in 1861 Maryborough and Warwick followed suit. Our first elections were held in 1860 and Robert George Wyndham Herbert became our first premier. The new parliament focussed on increasing the Queensland population, so thanks for being here and doing your part.

Local Queensland Week activities:

There’s a raft of celebrations that you can take part in, so get involved.
For more information on the events below, visit the website or like Queensland Week on Facebook.

All week:
Paint the town maroon! Iconic structures around the state will be lit up in our colour.

Wednesday 4 June:
Queensland Jazz Composers World Premiere, Queensland Multicultural Centre, Kangaroo Point.

Thursday 5 June:
Queensland Week Choral Sounds, Piazza, South Bank.

Friday 6 June
Queensland Day in the Office, statewide. Host a Queensland-themed event in your workplace!

David Malouf 80th Birthday Celebration, State Library and the University of Queensland.

Luminous Lantern Parade, South Bank from 3pm to 6pm.

Saturday 7 June:
Citizenship Ceremony, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Ipswich Queensland Day, Limestone Park, Ipswich.

Sunday 8 June:
The Great Queensland Week Adventure Trail, open to all ages and levels of fitness and ability. Starts at The Piazza, South Bank from 9am.

Open Day at Government House, 168 Fernberg Road, Paddington.

What do you love about living in Queensland? Let us know below!