'King' Wally Lewis, The Great Barrier Reef, World Expo '88 and the Royal Flying Doctor Service are among the people, places and events that Queenslanders have voted as their Q150 Icons.
Premier Anna Bligh today released the official list of 150 icons, across 10 categories, as voted by Queenslanders.
The Premier was joined by official Icons Wally Lewis, Susie O'Neill, Dick Johnson, Hugh Lunn and representatives from Surf Lifesaving Queensland. Suncorp Stadium provided a fitting backdrop for the announcement - voted an iconic structure and engineering feat.
"In our Q150 year, Queenslanders are celebrating the people, places and stories that have made our State the great place it is today," Ms Bligh said.
"And the official Q150 Icons illustrate what a diverse and colourful history it is, from Charles Kingsford Smith to Allan Border, from Australia Zoo to the XXXX Brewery, from the Daintree Rainforest to Carnarvon Gorge.
"From the internationally renown Steve Irwin to the controversial Sir Joh Bjelke- Petersen - means something different, but something special to all of us," she said.
Proud Queenslander Rupert McCall penned a dedicated poem incorporating all 150 icons.
Ms Bligh said almost 30,000 votes were received to compile the official list, from a short-list of 300.
"The list of Q150 Icons will be added to the official Q150 Archive at the State Library and 15,000 lucky Queenslanders will also have the opportunity to win a commemorative Q150 Icons Post Card Pack.
"Entry forms will be in local papers tomorrow and I urge Queenslanders to get in quickly because stocks are limited."
Visit www.q150.qld.gov.au for a full list of the top 150 icons.
Media: For more information on Q150 icons, including biographies, contact Angela Spiegel on (07) 3238 3313
TOP 150 ICONS
CATEGORY 1: State-shapers
Queenslanders or organisations that have influenced or made a significant contribution to .
Yungaba Immigration Centre
Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen
Founders of QANTAS
State Emergency Service
Charles Kingsford Smith
Royal Agricultural Society of
Isolated Children's Parents Association
CATEGORY 2: Influential artists
Those musicians, authors, actors, painters, designers, or pieces of art from that have left a lasting impression on the people of our State.
Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker)
CATEGORY 3: Sports legends
Those greats that have made a significant contribution to sport in our State.
Allan (Alfie) Langer
CATEGORY 4: Locations
The towns, parks, recreation attractions in that put our State on the map.
Zoo ( Hinterland)
Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame (Longreach)
Bundaberg Rum Distillery
Big Pineapple (Nambour)
South Bank Parklands ()
Breakfast Creek Hotel ()
Yatala Pie Shop
Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ()
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (Gold Coast)
CATEGORY 5: Natural attractions
Those iconic locations in that are naturally formed.
Undara Lava Tubes
CATEGORY 6: Structures and engineering feats
Those built structures in .
Kuranda Scenic Railway ()
XXXX Brewery ()
Skyrail Rainforest Cable ()
Suncorp Stadium ()
Q1 (Gold Coast)
The Gabba (Brisbane)
QANTAS Hangars (Longreach and Cloncurry)
CATEGORY 7: Defining moments
Those memorable moments from our State's past, moments that highlight our triumphs and our hardships.
World Expo '88
QANTAS takes to the air
Mabo High Court of Australia decision
Fitzgerald Inquiry (1987-89)
proclaimed as a new colony
Gold discovered in (1868)
World Heritage listing of the Wet Tropics
wins its first Sheffield Shield (1995)
Cloudland and the Bellevue Hotel demolished
the first with free education
's first Aboriginal Parliamentarians
All chained up for women's rights (1965 at Regatta Hotel)
Railway comes to (1865)
CATEGORY 8: Innovations and inventions
Inventions or innovative concepts that Queenslanders have pioneered.
Royal Flying Doctor Service
Cervical cancer vaccination (Professor Ian Frazer)
Blue Care (formerly Blue Nurses)
School of the Air
Kids Alive - Do the Five
Lucas' Pawpaw Ointment
Weis Fruit Bar
Immune system research wins Nobel Prize
Southern Cross windmills
CATEGORY 9: Events and festivals
Those iconic events that bring Queenslanders together to celebrate.
Woodford Folk Festival
Carnival of Flowers (Toowoomba)
Country Music Muster (Gympie)
Indy (Gold Coast)
Apple and Grape Harvest Festival (Stanthorpe)
to Yacht Race
Mount Isa Rodeo
Panyiri Greek Festival ()
CATEGORY 10: Typically
What is all about? Those things, behaviours or traditions that define and its people.
Bundy Rum (and bear)
Summer afternoon storms
Q150 icons by Rupert McCall
Many thoughts flow through my head
The time has come to beat the drum
This colony deserves some cred!
A story told on fields of gold
Where views unfold
With sun and surf and Gabba turf
And Allan Border blazing bold!
Across the field - our maiden Shield
Matt the Bat - his windmills wield
With wide verandah - Cairns Kuranda
Jacaranda then revealed
A tribe of thongs in Billabongs
With Billy Thorpe and Bee Gees songs
Now Malouf's book says James can Cook
With Dickie Johnson's true blue tongs!
The backyard crew in barbeque!
There's Judith Wright and Oodgeroo
Gold Coast Indy - Dad of Bindie
Crikey it's Zoo!
Great White Sharks, National Parks
, Birdsville larks
Perkins' pool, Wayne Bennett's rule
With Cathy Freeman - on ya marks!
Ah here we go and hail Sir Joh
And ride the Isa Rodeo!
Where cane toads croak for Woodford folk
Declare an end to polio
Yes vaccination, Frazer's station
Railway tracks free education
City Halls and
And Yungaba for immigration
Islands, bridges, tracks and ridges
Straddie, Fraser, back deck fridges
XXXX brewin - Mickey Doohan
Parliament could hear the didges!
Currumbin's wild and Southbank's nice
Lives are saved in
The Daintree lush with Geoffrey Rush
Whitsundays adds Magnetic spice
Allan Langer, Rocky banger!
Tree of Knowledge, airplane hangar
Powderfinger, Mal Meninga
Feastin' on a mud crab sanger!
Rocket Rod, he gets the nod
Wally Lewis - demigod!
Knew every blade of Lang Park Stade
And Blue Care fought against the odds
Johnny Flynn - the great Gunsynd!
Was sailing on a wind
Old Clem Jones - he bled maroon
Matilda winked and Mabo grinned
Regatta chains for female claims
82 - The Commonwealth Games
Our Qantas Roo got up and flew!
The Longreach Stockman's Hall Of Fame
The Belle Hotel and Cloudland fell
Will McInnes, Charles Chauvel
With flower clusters, Gympie Musters
Hugh Lunn - Q1 - Paw Paw Gel
And Yatala Pies and Noosa Tris
And gold was Madam Butterfly's
And Mango Weis and Leslie Thiess
And Kingsford Smith - he ruled the skies!
Now kids alive to do the five
A place where big pineapples thrive
The outback honours Graeme Connors
Lava tubes and lammie drives!
Hey spend a day on !
SES - ICPA
Tilted trains through fields of cane
Ekka Mecca St John's spire
Tone Fitzgerald - let's enquire
Doctors flying, Dingoes trying
Old museum and Riverfire
The Bundy Bear - we're almost there!
B&S - School of the Air
On Rafter's racquet - Big Grant Hackett!
Gateway to the square
Skyrail leaf - the Barrier Reef
Brekky Creek does beer and beef
Expo crowns the Darling Downs
I'm Glad there's room for Miss Moncrieff!
With floods and spuds and stormy scuds
Dad and Dave was Mister Rudd's
Stanthorpe grapes, Panyiri crepes
And Urban tunes - there ain't no duds!
Carnarvon Gorges Bunya grange
Macadamic nuts exchange
Royal Ag signs, Koala Pines
Where none divides except the Range!
No every feather stands together
Thick and thin - through any weather
Cross the Story bridged by glory
Fastened by a friendly tether
Strengthened by a spirit crown
A pride that never lets you down
With that, I say hip hip hooray
Happy birthday town!