31 July 2015

Queensland

Mount Bartle Frere - Queensland's highest peak
Today I discovered that Australian blogger Leisha is also from Queensland! So that's four feisty Queensland women! Soon there'll be a rugby league team - captained by wily Helen from "Helsie's Happenings" and ably supported by IT expert Carol from Cairns and Lee the celebrity chef from Hinchinbrook Island and other places.

There have been blog visitors from other parts of Australia such as photo journalist Michael from Sydney and the delightful Ms Alphie Soup from Victoria but mostly this humble blog has attracted Queenslanders.

So I thought it was about time that I did a little research before sharing some information about Queensland - a vast state to the north east of the island of Australia. Right then, here we go. Ten interesting facts about Queensland:-

1. It is believed that the first aboriginal inhabitants of Queensland arrived from the north around 50,000BC.
2. The original inhabitants had at least ninety different languages.
George Bowen - the first governor
of Queensland
3. The first recorded landing of a European in Queensland was in February 1606 - by Willem Janszoon, a Dutch navigator.
4. Yorkshireman Captain James Cook claimed north eastern Australia for King George III of England in 1770.
5. George Bowen from Donegal, Ireland became the first governor of Queensland in 1859  when the new colony was first established - separated from New South Wales. It is named Queensland after Queen Victoria as the name "Victoria" was already taken!
6. Queensland currently has a population of 4,750,500 - almost half live in Brisbane.
7. In 1935 cane toads were first introduced to the sugar cane plantations of Queensland to prey upon pests but very quickly they became a pest themselves. Bizarrely Queenslanders refuse to eat cane toads which can be delightful if cooked fresh in a healthy stir fry or toad stew.
8. Mount Bartle Frere at  5322 feet is the tallest mountain in Queensland and was named after Sir Henry Bartle Frere the British president of The Royal Geographical Society in 1873.
9. The actor Geoffrey Rush was born in Toowoomba, Queensland in 1951.
10. Queensland has a land area of 715,309 square miles - which is very big compared with Great Britain's measly 88,745 sq miles. In fact it means that Queensland is eight times bigger than Britain! It is also nearly three times as big as the state of Texas.
The flag of Queensland

50 comments:

  1. Now you are being silly nothing in the world is bigger than Texas.
    If I were to wear a black hat and met a Texan similarly attired then his hat would be blacker. He would probably struggle a bit with the color black as only Texans think black is a color.

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    1. Howdy Ade! Gee you London guys have a real warm sense of humor. Howd'ya like to visit my ranch? You can ride Yvette - my best mare down at the creek and then back at the ranch we'll put some real big Texan steaks on the grill. You can tell me all about l'il ol' London and "Downton Abbey" and the pirty gals in Scotchland.

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  2. You've done your homework well, Yorky! To top of the class you go, laddie! :)

    And I guess now you're going to claim James Cook as one of your illustrious ancestors! After all, Inspector Morse's father named Morse after James Cook because he, the father, was such a fan of Cook...he named his one and only son, Endeavour Morse, of course!

    To be followed , of course, by a Bowen Mango Mousse (not mouse)....Bowen mangoes...aka Kensington Prides are the pride of Bowen and the surrounding area. Also the beaches at Bowen are exquisite.

    And, Yorky, when you come down this way to visit Queensland...which is beautiful one day, and more beautiful and more perfect the next...I'll cook you up a wok full of stir-fried cane toad and a creme of cane toad soup by the load!

    All of the above will be your rewards for gaining so much knowledge. Of course...there is more...but seeing you failed to make mention of the Great Barrier Reef...I'm withholding the stuffed cane toad that I intended handing you. It would've looked great upon your mantelpiece!

    However...there is hope for you yet! :)

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    1. it is a relief to me that my Queensland post has caused you minimal annoyance Lee . I apologise sincerely for failing to mention The Great Barrier Reef which is of course out at sea. However, I believe this post will see a sudden rise in the numbers of foreign visitors flying into Queensland.

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    2. Oh, okay...if you insist! What's your rate of commission? I knew it! I knew! It's been proven time and time again...there's no such thing as a free lunch!

      Below is your homework for the weekend....question time will follow...and no leeway will be allowed for incorrect answers given!!!

      The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres (1,400 miles) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi).The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia.

      The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms.This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps. It supports a wide diversity of life and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981.CNN labeled it one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

      http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/about-the-reef/facts-about-the-great-barrier-reef

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    3. And by the way...in case I wasn't clear enough in my first response...

      You may, of course, already know that "Endeavour" was the name of the ship Captain Cook was commander of during his first three Pacific adventures - before he jumped ship, landing on board the " HMS Resolution".

      It's always a fateful decision to swap ships.

      Having made the reckless move, Cook ended up in an Hawaiian cooking pot; not a pleasant way to end one's....too many cooks spoil the broth, you know!

      he Hawaiians had run out of cane toads...they were experiencing a food shortage...and Cook, along with his goose, was cooked!

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    4. If Dame Edna Everage ever needs replacing, she should give you a ring Lee!

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    5. Make sure it's has a huge diamond inset, Yorky! :)

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  3. Well having spent time with quite a few Queenslanders (not as in spent time you understand) I didn't know quite a few of the facts. I'm ashamed to say that even having read a lot about the revered Captain I either didn't know or had forgotten that he hailed fro Yorkshire. But then he had to have been born somewhere and we don't have a choice.

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    1. Ha! Ha! "Spent time" - a clever reference to penal colonies but please don't tell my women's rugby league team! They'll whack you with their crocodile skin handbags!

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  4. I just realised that I am listening to Alfred Hill's 3rd Symphony "Australia" played by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

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    1. You must be having trouble sleeping Graham!

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    2. I would hope so. It's 2.30 in the afternoon and I'm re-hanging a door.

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  5. Toad soup? Is that really a thing?

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    1. Yes it is Jennifer. Why not go down to the South Carolina creeks and collect a bucketful? Boil up with onions and season well. Hubby will be nicely surprised when you ladle toad stew on to his plate. Mmmmmmm!

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    2. Particularly nice with a little extra chilli added....and a sprinkling of crisp bacon pieces.

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  6. Even I (as a honorary Yorskhire Lass) know that James Cook was from Yorkshire! I've even been to "his" house (of course it wasn't his house, but the place where he stayed as a young lad when he was not at sea) in Whitby.

    Our family's friends from Australia (see here) used to live in Bowen for many years. None of our family has ever managed to visit them. I must admit I'd love to see Australia, but the Very Long Flight puts me off.

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    1. Yorskhire? What's that, then?
      Sorry. I need coffee.

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    2. I think you should go to Australia - maybe with your sister. Don't worry about the length of the flight. You can watch a couple of films, read a book, eat and drink and snooze. It would be a great adventure.
      Yorskshire is the land of The Yorsks - a race of space aliens.

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  7. ThAnkyou YP for such a lovely post about the beautiful state of Queensland . A mention too of the catastrophic floods that ravaged South East Queensland. Toowoomba sitting on the crest of The Great Diving Range was flooded as well and many life's were lost . Parts of S.E Qld were affected by an "inland tsunami ". Life's were lost in Toowoomba, Murphys Creek and The small town of Grantham sitting at the bottom of the range was devastated and life's lost there as well . Brisbane was affected badly as well as many other areas. Toowoomba was unreachable due to the devastation . Many of the people of this lovely state have been affected by the floods .
    Another great fact about Toowoomba, the famous Aussie cake the Lamington was created at Harlaxton House. I enjoyed that post and how interesting that there are four Queensland ladies following your blog.

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    1. Yes - Queensland does seem to get its fair share of violent weather. Good job you can have a cup of tea and Lamington cake after the storms have passed.

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    2. Yep Yorkie sometimes it's either floods or bush fires !

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  8. Fascinating Queensland facts.

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    1. I know that you "love what is true" Terra!

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