Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Thousands Meet Governor; the Creation of Queensland Was Real Cause to Celebrate

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Thousands Meet Governor; the Creation of Queensland Was Real Cause to Celebrate

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Beryl

JOHNSTON

History columnist

THE official visit of his Excellency the Governor Sir George Ferguson Bowen and Lady Bowen to the newly created state of Queensland took place on December 20, 1859.

They and their escort came from Brisbane, stopping at Redbank where they were met by a large number of people on horseback from the establishment of the Messrs Campbell.

The article of that time continued: "Eventually they arrived at Mr Faircloth's home at Booval where the party alighted and partook of a slight refectiona, and Sir George took the opportunity of changing his costume.

Precisely at three o'clock the party left Booval escorted by several carriages and some 400 to 500 people on horseback, and by 3.40pm they reached the Limestone Ridge and were joined by at least 1500 pedestrians whose numbers were swelled by accessions from each street crossing.

The procession passed along Brisbane Street to East Street then turned into Bremer Street along Nicholas Street and then down Brisbane Street to East Street where Lady Bowen alighted at Colonel Grays.

His Excellency proceeded to the club house and when he appeared on the balcony, he was loudly cheered by the assembled crowd.

The cavalcade was described as being headed by the mounted police followed by the carriage containing his Excellency and Lady Bowen accompanied by the Colonial Secretary; then a carriage on which a Greek flag was displayed, while on the box and rumble a brass band was arranged and its leader seated on the front seat of the carriage.

The town was decorated by flags of great variety, among the more remarkable appeared a blue-and-white cross and stars at Mr Thorns; a green ensign and red cross at Mr Gorry's; a large blue flag over a Greek flag at Mr Grays; and a blue ensign with Manz and Derry emblems at Mr Givens. From Mr Reeves and the Bank of New South Wales, a banner was hung across the street with the words, "Welcome our Governora and "Advance Queenslanda, suspended between a number of pennants and flags.

NEHEMIAH Bartley wrote the book Australian Pioneers and Reminiscences about 1880, and here is a particular section describing a little of his thoughts about Ipswich. …

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