The Small Sitting Room
While Queensland was formally separated from New South Wales on 10 December 1859, Fernberg was not used as the vice-regal residence until 1910 when Sir William MacGregor became the first resident.
Portraits of all Queensland Governors are displayed in the Small Sitting Room, their names a reminder of the many cities, towns and streets, as well as rivers and other geographical features that have been
named after Queensland’s Governors and their spouses.
These include the Brisbane suburbs of Nathan, Macgregor, Mansfield, and Chermside; the cities of Bowen, Blackall, and Cairns; as well as Musgrave Park in Brisbane and Lady Musgrave Island. The Diamantina River, the city of Roma, and Brisbane’s Roma Street were all named after Lady Diamantina Roma Bowen, the wife of Queensland’s first Governor.