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Monday 15 March 2021

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, this afternoon (Monday 15 March 2021) officially launched the latest Government House publication, ‘The Governors of Modern Queensland’.

Authored by Queenslanders David Fagan and Madonna King, this is the first book to explore the vice-regal experiences of all living Queensland Governors – Leneen Forde, Peter Arnison, Quentin Bryce, Penelope Wensley and Paul de Jersey.

It features personal interviews with these Governors and input from all living Queensland Premiers.

The authors also captured views of around 80 Queenslanders – from all sectors and regions – who have interacted with Governors.  

Deputy Official Secretary at Government House, Mrs Kate Hastings, said the publication aimed to increase public understanding and awareness of the duties of the Governor, and the role of Government House in the administration of Queensland.

“The Governors of Modern Queensland’ provides a unique insight into the modern role of the Queensland Governor, highlighting how their constitutional, ceremonial and community duties have provided stability across the State, especially in times of need,” Mrs Hastings said.

“The book also captures views of Queenslanders who interact with Governors, and a little of the contemporary spirit of Queenslanders as reflected through their interactions with Governors in the decades either side of the turn of the Millennium.

“At the heart of the Governors’ service has been a willingness to engage widely with a vibrant cross-section of Queenslanders and a deep and abiding commitment to meet the contemporary needs of the people.

“The five Governors interviewed for the book are also the only five to have been appointed after the Australia Acts of 1986, by The Queen on the advice of the Queensland Premier.

“This makes these Governors a unique cohort – the Governors of ‘modern Queensland’.”

His Excellency the Governor launched the publication at Government House on Monday 15 March 2021.

‘The Governors of Modern Queensland’ is published by the University of Queensland Press, and is available for purchase for $35 from

The Governor will deposit copies in all council and university libraries in Queensland, and at schools visited until His Excellency’s term ends in 2021.

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