Speeches

The Governor is invited to speak at a wide range of significant official, ceremonial and community events, including the Opening of Parliament, ANZAC Day ceremonies and events for Patron groups. A selection of these speeches is available below in a searchable database.

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National Trust Gala Dinner and National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards /

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for the invitation to join you for the National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards. This Gala Dinner is a worthy celebration of...

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Saint Thomas’ Church Toowong Restoration Appeal Reception /

Your Grace and Dr Aspinall; Councillor Matic; members of the Clergy; ladies and gentlemen. Kaye and I are delighted to join you this evening on this wonderful site which has such...

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A Reception in honour of the 50th Anniversary of the Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland /

Our 25th Governor of Queensland, and Patron, the Honourable Penelope Wensley; ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests as are you all. Kaye and I are delighted to welcome you to...

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110th Anniversary of Crèche and Kindergarten Association /

Guests, distinguished as are you all. Kaye and I are delighted to host this evening’s celebration and we welcome you all most warmly to Fernberg. When the Crèche and Kindergarten...

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Official Opening of 88 Limestone Precinct /

Ms Jennifer Howard MP; Mayor Pisasale; Your Honour; other distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen. As the 26th Governor of our State, I am delighted to follow in the footsteps...

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Queensland Volunteering Awards Presentation and Recognition Ceremony /

Minister; Shadow Minister; other distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen. I am thrilled to join Volunteering Queensland for this marvellous occasion to celebrate and publicly...

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Reception for the 10th Anniversary of the University of Southern Queensland School of Law and Justice /

Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mortensen, other distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for the very kind invitation that I join you in this wonderful City...

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Reception in Support of White Ribbon’s Campaign to End Domestic Violence against Women /

Your Grace and Dr Aspinall; Directors-General; Commissioner; other distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen. Dame Quentin Bryce was at Government House earlier today, and she...

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Afternoon Reception to thank Supporters and Sponsors of Foodbank Queensland /

Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests as are you all. It gives Kaye and me great pleasure to welcome you to Government House this afternoon. As Patron of Foodbank Queensland,...

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Reception to Honour Survivors of the USS Lexington (CV2) – Battle of the Coral Sea, May 1942 /

It is a great honour to welcome you all to Government House today. The presence of our 24th Queensland Governor and 25th Governor-General, Dame Quentin Bryce, and Mr Michael...

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