Happy birthday to us!
MAYOR Mick Curran led the way in wishing Queensland a happy birthday today.
Queensland Day, the state's birthday, acknowledges the "birth" of Queensland as a separate colony in its own right.
It is part of Queensland Week, an annual celebration of the state's culture, heritage, people and industry, which was held this past week.
On June 6 in 1859, Queen Victoria signed the Letters Patent to establish the new colony of Queensland.
To announce the separation from New South Wales, the ship Clarence sailed into Brisbane to a 14-gun salute, fireworks and a jubilant crowd, and the state has been celebrating ever since.
"In celebrating Queensland Week, the Gympie region community can share a sense of pride in the important part we've played to make Queensland the wonderful state it is," Cr Curran said yesterday. "Gympie has been known as The Town That Saved Queensland, after Queensland James Nash discovered gold in the region in 1867, and our current precious commodities are our strategic location in Queensland and all the lifestyle and environmental assets that make the Gympie region the natural choice to live, work and play."
Cr Curran was joined at the Gympie Library yesterday by several of the state's youngest generation in cutting a giant birthday cake for the state.