Speeches

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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 at Ruth Fairfax House Brisbane

Opening of the Queensland Country Women’s Association New State Office

Speech by Mrs Kay de Jersey. Thank you, ladies, for such a warm welcome. Current and former Presidents, members and supporters of the Queensland Country Women’s Association.

I also acknowledge the traditional owners of these lands and extend respectful greetings to Elders and emerging leaders.

I always feel very welcomed in the presence of members of the Queensland Country Women’s Association.

There is a distinct warm feeling that radiates from women so connected with their communities, who are part of an organisation with a central purpose to unite women through bonds of friendship, education and community service 

It has been an immense honour to be your Patron for the past seven and a bit years, and it is with great sadness this will be my last official role with the QCWA.

I can, however, let you in on a secret: the legacy of the QCWA will continue at Government House after our departure.

One of the ‘go to’ recipe books in the House kitchen when catering for special events and official receptions is the QCWA’s ‘In my country kitchen’ cookbook. The Blackall Branch pumpkin damper is a favourite, along with the outback slice from Longreach and the mango pineapple and coconut banana bread courtesy of the Howard branch.

All of these recipes highlight the use of fresh Queensland produce and I’m assured, when consumed in moderation, they are good for us all.

I am very pleased the QCWA is honouring the inimitable Ruth Fairfax by naming your new State Office once again in her honour.

I am sure these rooms will continue to be filled with camaraderie and that same powerful voice for rural families which have been a hallmark of the QCWA for more than 99 years.

Ladies, it has been my honour to be your Patron. The times spent with branch members in regional and rural Queensland are some of the highlights of Paul’s and my time at Government House.

You will all maintain a special place in my heart.

Thank you, and it is now my great honour to unveil a plaque, officially naming this precinct Ruth Fairfax House.