His Excellency returns to Maryborough for first time as Queensland Governor
It was during Paul de Jersey’s time as a student at Albert State School, Maryborough during the 1950s – where his father was also principal – that the de Jersey family travelled to Bundaberg to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the Royal Australian tour in 1954.
Sixty years later, in July 2014, The Queen appointed the youngest of the three de Jersey brothers as Her Majesty’s representative in Queensland, the State’s 26th Governor.
Today, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, with Mrs Kaye de Jersey, returned to Maryborough for the first time in the vice-regal capacity.
The Governor commenced the day by addressing the region’s current and future leaders at the Young Professionals Fraser Coast breakfast, before unveiling a plaque for an historic Jacaranda tree planted in Queens Park, Maryborough.
The Jacaranda – which was planted in September last year, in front of the Maryborough Courthouse where all three de Jersey brothers now also share a plaque in the Maryborough Achievers Walk – descends from the ‘Tree of Justice’ Jacaranda which shaded the entrance to the Brisbane District and Supreme Court buildings in Brisbane from the late 1800s. A sibling sapling of the Queens Park Jacaranda was presented to the Governor upon retirement as Chief Justice of Queensland in 2014, and was planted at Government House, Brisbane – the official residence of Queensland Governors – in June 2015.
In the afternoon, the Governor returned to Albert State School, calling current students to lunch with the same bell which was rung during His Excellency’s time there as a student, before addressing a special school assembly and presenting students with certificates of merit.
The Governor and Mrs de Jersey are on their first official visit to the Fraser Coast region, and the 59th visit to a regional centre, since His Excellency's swearing-in in July 2014.
Other official program elements include: receiving a briefing from the Fraser Coast Regional Council; meeting staff and students from local schools; visiting Fraser Island and meeting stakeholders involved in its management and preservation; and receiving a briefing from the Hervey Bay Water Police.