IPSWICH old boy Sir Llew Edwards has been named a Queensland Great for his “exceptional contributions” to the state.
Premier Anna Bligh announced six “Greats” at Brisbane's Roma Street Parklands, where plaques honouring recipients are placed.
The announcement is a major part of Queensland Week, leading up to Queensland Day tomorrow.
Sir Llew's citation said he was “an outstanding Queenslander who has made exceptional contributions to many fields”.
“No matter his occupation, Sir Llew has always maintained his goodwill and sense of humility as he helped transform Queensland into the great State it is today,” it read.
Sir Llew started working as an electrician for RT Edwards after being educated at Raceview and Silkstone schools and Ipswich Grammar. After studying at the University of Queensland (UQ) he became a doctor in Ipswich.
He was elected as Member for Ipswich in 1972 and later served as Queensland Health Minister, Deputy Premier and Treasurer.
When he spoke to The QT after retiring from public life in 2008 he said the highlight of his career was being chairman of World Expo '88.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the city had a number of Queensland Day events planned before Brisbane's big celebrations.
“We're celebrating tonight with a citizenship ceremony at The Workshops,” Cr Pisasale said yesterday. “We're turning 100 people into Australian citizens at the birthplace of Queensland rail.”
He said other celebrations included Pasifika at Goodna and a service at RAAF Base Amberley.
“We're also encouraging people to get out and enjoy the city's parks and gardens,” he said. “We wanted our celebrations on Friday and Saturday so people can join in the celebrations in Brisbane.”