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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Scouts Queensland Higher Adult Recognition Awards and Youth Awards Presentation /

Chief Commissioner of Scouts Queensland, Daryl Scott; President of Scouts Queensland, Jane Prentice; Chief Commissioner of Scouts Australia, Phil Harrison, and other distinguished...

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Queensland Museum Viewing of Donated Government House Items /

Thank you, Dr Thompson, for your kind introduction. I acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and pay my respects to their Elders and emerging leaders. It is a great...

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Private Concert Performed by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Recognition of His Excellency and Mrs de Jersey’s Patronage and Contribution to Queensland /

Ladies and gentlemen, Thank you all very much for being here, and thank you to our wonderful Chair for those generous sentiments, and to the QSO for the enormous compliment of...

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Reception for the Centenary of Brisbane State High School /

Your Honour; Brisbane State High School Executive Principal, Mr Wade Haynes; Chair of the School Council, Mr David Gillespie; other distinguished guests; ladies and gentleman;...

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Afternoon Tea in Support of St Thomas’ Anglican Church, Toowong and Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rosalie Volunteers and Clergy /

Father Tom, Father Gerry (I thought of saying Fathers Tom and Gerry but thought better of it!), Kaye’s and my special invitee, Sister Angela Mary Doyle, Marist Brother Neville,...

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Afternoon Reception in Support of the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition and Festival /

Speech by Mrs Kaye de Jersey. Patron of the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, the Honourable Ian Callinan; Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mrs Wendy Callinan; Artistic...

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Afternoon Reception in Support of NAIDOC Week 2021 /

Minister Leeanne Enoch; Commissioner Paul Stewart; Governor-designate, Dr Jeannette Young and Professor Graeme Nimmo; distinguished guests; Elders; ladies and gentlemen; young...

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Gold Award Presentation Ceremony /

Representing the Lord Mayor, Cr Wines; Chairperson of the Queensland Award Committee, Mrs Elizabeth Gilchrist; Deputy Director General; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen;...

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Civic Reception to Celebrate the Centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force /

Representing the Premier, Assistant Minister Bart Mellish MP; representing the Leader of the Opposition, Mr James Lister MP; other Members of the Legislative Assembly; Mayor...

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Afternoon Reception in Support of the Royal Society of Queensland /

Our Society President, Dr Ross Hynes and fellow Councillors; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen. I at once acknowledge the traditional owners of these lands and extend...

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