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Friday 03 April 2020
His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, has today released a special video message supporting the people of Amiens and surrounds, and honouring the region’s solider settler heritage.
This year marks 100 years since His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, the Prince of Wales, on 26 July 1920, officially opened the train line to Amiens, Queensland, and inspected the Pikedale Soldier Settlement, a project established to support men and women who returned to Queensland having served during World War I.
The Governor and Mrs Kaye de Jersey were due to attend the centenary celebrations of the Amiens State School, and unveil a mural at the Amiens Legacy Centre, in Amiens – located just outside Stanthorpe in Queensland’s Southern Downs region – last weekend (Saturday 28 March 2020).
These important community events were postponed due to COVID-19. In a strange twist, the Prince of Wales’ Queensland visit in 1920 was also delayed by a pandemic - the Spanish flu.
The Governor’s official program has been rearranged to ensure he fulfils his central constitutional duties, ensuring the continuity of government. While disappointed at not being able to personally attend several community events – including the Amiens events – His Excellency has also continued his community outreach while working from home, including recording messages recognising a wide range of upcoming significant events and milestones important to all Queenslanders.