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We were for freedom when we were a penal colony, for unity when we were a divided nation, for accountability when we were plagued by corruption, and for optimism and renewal when nature brought us heartbreak and despair.

But beyond all the noble aspirations a newspaper seeks, The Courier Mail has always been primarily for Queensland.

Since the birthplace of this newspaper in June 1846, in a humble attic on the corner of Queen and Albert Streets in Brisbane – a city of 950 settlers – the state of Queensland has been his relentless focus and passion, the ultimate arbiter of every editorial decision for 175 years .

When founding editor Arthur Sidney Lyon wrote his first editorial in 1846, the aim of the paper was clear and unambiguous and, as we have moved through three centuries, remains unchanged:

« As a local magazine, our main goal will be to publicize the needs of the community, to highlight the most suitable field for capital and business, to arouse apathy, to inform the ignorant, the struggles for political and social rights, the whole moral feeling and to unite the intelligence of the sphere in which we move to translate truthful representations of the state of this unrivaled part of the colony to other and far-flung parts of the world, to encourage any company that will tend to serve it and in general to further his interests and to further his prosperity.  »

When the Moreton Bay Courier first rolled off the presses, what is now the state of Queensland was little more than a prison known as Moreton Bay – a mangrove-strewn depot for the worst of the worst.

The « triple convicted » criminals sent here from Sydney were so brutal that their very presence required a restricted area that spanned a 90 km circle around what is now Brisbane.

No free man or woman was allowed to cross the line into the prison, which was built in 1824 just a year after explorer John Oxley sailed up the Brisbane River and opened the region to European settlement.

In 1839, when explorer Allan Cunningham identified the Darling Downs as prime grazing land and the southerners began moving their flocks north, the mood turned against our identity as a prison and moved towards free settlements.

The soon-to-be-formed Courier would illustrate the growing sense of community that Queensland was a land for the free, not the prisoners.

It was not until February 10, 1842, two years after the first ox drones crossed Cunningham’s Gap, that Governor George Gipps formally closed the Moreton Bay penal settlement.

But in March 1846, Lord Henry Stanley told the British House of Lords that Brisbane might be perfect for convicts who were able to reform themselves and reach the end of their sentence.

“They would be provided with provisions and a piece of land for a limited time. They would also, after a period of time, if deemed appropriate, emigrate to the adjacent colonies, and the servants of the remote populations of those colonies would become colonies,  » Lord Stanley told the House.

The newly formed Kurier took one of its earliest editorial positions and strongly opposed the idea of ​​distributing land to convicts, not least because it put them « in a much better position than men of virtuous character » and soon he had won his case.

In the 1850s, the courier expanded his position – he vigorously supported a free state populated by men and women who engaged in agriculture and industry, and created an Australian community that is different in attitudes and identities.

Theophilus Parsons Pugh, born in the British West Indies, succeeded Sidney to the editor’s chair after building a public profile by playing a pivotal role in Queen Victoria’s decision to make Queensland a separate colony in 1859 after leaving 1857 to was Secretary of the Separation Committee in 1859.

The newspaper got her request, and on June 6, 1859, the Queensland colony was proclaimed, but we were hardly rich.

The first governor, Sir George Ferguson Bowen, who took office on December 10 this year, found exactly nine pence (seven and a half cents) in the Treasury, according to the archives of the Federal Bureau of Statistics. A few nights after reporting the ninepence, Sir George reported that someone had stolen it.

Finding money for public infrastructure was a problem, and Queensland was barely a year old in 1860 when Pugh began a long courier tradition of defending Queensland’s interests against the southern states and later in Canberra.

In an article dated January 24, 1860, under the not-too-subtle headline « Stop Thief, » he claimed Sydney had embezzled Queensland’s revenue. The story and subsequent articles managed to win some money back by advising Queenslanders to pay taxes directly to the Queensland Treasury Department instead of sending them south.

Until 1899, the newspaper supported our troops in the first war Queensland ever fought in – the Second Boer War from 1899 to 1902.

The Queensland government of Premier James Dickson and later Robert Philp sent mounted infantrymen in a conflict that cost 89 lives in Queensland.

In most editions between 1899 and 1902, the high-tech capabilities of the telegraph enabled the courier to deliver reports from the front lines as well as post letters home revealing details of military life in Africa.

By the time the federation emerged, the Queensland colony was in conflict, with its northern half seeking a unified Australia while its southern half wary of the impending power of rival colonies.

But the courier stuck its neck (in one case in the literal sense) and was recognized nationwide as a pro-federation newspaper, and thundered on the eve of the September 1, 1899 vote that all voters must do this:

« Any voter who can cast their vote will be a traitor in the best interests of the country if they fail to exercise their rights as a citizen of Queensland and as an arbitrator in the destinies of Australia, » the editorial said.

An article by Katherine McConnel, « Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, » reveals that a man named Edgar Foreman was hired by The Courier to sign up for subscriptions to the newspaper in the pre-federation years – a particularly difficult task in the rural southeast, who are openly hostile to a united Australia.

Foreman recalled a public meeting in Rosewood, 50 km from Brisbane, where a man was standing on a porch attacking the whole concept of the Federation.

The anti-Federation spokesman yelled, « Here’s this damn courier man, let’s get him » and the crowd chased a frightened foreman until he found refuge under the canvas flaps of a big top.

The shaken Foreman walked the 50 km back to Brisbane the next day and quit his job.

The question of federation was very controversial, but especially in Queensland, which received the tightest vote of all colonies with 54 percent “yes”.

But on that historic day of January 1, 1901, when the matter was resolved, The Courier allowed itself some indulgence in its editorial, which became almost poetic:

« On this day, the opening day of the 20th century, there is universal cheer in the Federation of Australian Colonies.

« We are the newest nation in the world and we have a place under this sky that offers unprecedented opportunities. »

Fourteen years after Australia merged, the majority of Queenslanders would have read the word « Gallipoli » for the first time when they opened The Courier on April 26, 1915.

The short report came one day after landing on April 25th and was published in a small article under the heading « The Battle for the Dardanelles »:

« Unofficial reports say that decisive action has begun on the Dardanelles. Allied squadrons bombed the strait at various points west of Gallipoli, and landings were carried out at three points – Cape Suvla and Bulair, Gallipoli Peninsula and Enos. »

On April 27, the more detailed reports were published by British journalist Ashmead Bartlett (and not, as is often assumed, Australia’s official war correspondent Charles Bean).

On April 28, the legend of Gallipoli was born in the Courier and in newspapers across the country in reports clearly aimed at gaining public support and further fueling the recruitment campaigns that saw young men march into Brisbane from many regional cities .

The action at Gallipoli was described not only as successful, but also as a « great achievement », in which the Allied troops had won military awards through « great bravery ».

The courier kept records of World War I almost daily, with reports from correspondents at the front, lists of victims, editorial assistance with recruiting, and even light and sometimes humorous anecdotes from soldiers’ letters to friends and family.

Readers pored over them, hoping they did not stumble over the name of a loved one. As the Gallipoli carnage continued, The Brisbane Courier began posting for the first time on a Saturday to keep up to date with victim lists.

By 1916, on one of the most controversial political and cultural issues in Australian history, The Courier was well behind Prime Minister Billy Hughes and the « yes » vote to conscription, which was narrowly rejected in two bitter referendums in 1916 and 1917.

When the war ended on November 11, 1918, The Courier did not anticipate the resurgence of hostilities in 1939, but showed endearing support for the then widespread belief that World War I was « the war to end all wars ». ‘

« If the (German government) is ready and able to accept the terms offered, the things that are to come will vanish into insignificance (compared to the war) because we can be sure that the allies will in any case the interests of themselves and of civilization in general.  »

The newspapers reflected the optimistic economic sentiment of the 1920s but, like almost all media of the time, showed little talent for clairvoyance about the timing of the inevitable market downturn.

The official start of the world’s greatest economic crisis was reported in the October 26, 1929 issue under the heading « Financial Frenzy, Panic on Wall Street ».

The copy was dated October 24th in New York and stated that “The most terrible sales panic since the war days of 1914 dealt a devastating blow to the leading stock markets in the United States today and was only halted by prompt assurances from the country’s leading bankers.  ».

It was reported below that representatives from JP Morgan and the National City Bank met in JP Morgan’s office, prompting Thomas W Morgen. We held a meeting of financial institutions to discuss the situation. We found that no houses were in trouble and the reports of margin maintenance have been very satisfactory.

« We view the situation on the stock market this morning as technical rather than fundamental and believe that it will lead to an improvement. »

On Tuesday, October 29th, The Courier reported that Australian Prime Minister Jim Scullion believed it was British investors’ « anxiety » about the election of a British Labor government earlier this year that was behind the downturn in London’s stock market.

The Prime Minister was reported to have said sentiment would ease while recent cables showed stock prices were where they were before the election.

The UK Labor government has earned the trust of the money markets and there is not the slightest reason why investors should not have similar confidence in the Australian Labor government, Mr Scullion said before shooting former Federal Treasurer Earle Page. because he had left him in great deficit.

On Thursday, October 31st, the newspaper reported (date October 29th, New York) that the stock market had rebounded extraordinarily in the last three minutes of trading and the flood of sales of $ 25 billion.  »

The courier’s pages during the 1930s did not always reflect the extent of the Depression, in part because we were a state with a small manufacturing sector and greater reliance on basic industries that potentially allowed many families to simply become self-sufficient on the farm .

But The Courier was behind the « unskilled labor » offered to the unemployed, which centered on the Brisbane City Council.

The council, which was ruled by Mayors Archibald Watson (Nationalist Civic Party), John William Greene (Progress Party / Independent), and Alfred James Jones (Labor) in the 1930s, absorbed more than 50 percent of the relief effort across the state. Build or improve approximately half a mile of roads and dramatically improve the busy intersection around Breakfast Creek.

The Great Depression was still ongoing when The Courier proclaimed « Britain Declares War » on one of the most impressive front pages of all time on September 4, 1939. behind the intact British Empire and allied efforts.

« It is a grim message for those who have thought about peace for 20 years, trusting that law, justice and reconciliation would prevail among civilized nations without the use of armed force to maintain or defend the rule of law, almost all nations « have signed countless treaties with one another. »

The leading writers then called to arms: “Yet there can be only one answer – courage and immediate determination to spare no effort and sacrifice to emerge victorious in the conflict that must now harness the strength of the British Commonwealth of the nations.  »

However, the newspaper also refused to display or incite aggressive nationalism – a trait it often displayed during the First War.

“We do not take part in this competition with cheers or flag waving or singing hymns of hate, but with the firm determination to preserve and earn our own freedom by regaining freedom from oppression or the threat of a military dictator (Adolph Hitler). who started his career by first destroying freedom in Germany.  »

As it had a generation before, The Courier-Mail reported on Australians fighting in every part of the world, promoted recruitment, published lists of victims and prisoners of war, and criticized unions where strikes hindered the war effort.

As in World War II, censorship hampered The Courier-Mail’s efforts as the newspaper was unable to provide limited details on the Battle of Brisbane – two days of unrest in November 1942 between Australian and US soldiers.

On August 8, 1945, The Courier ushered in the atomic age and (though not officially) the end of the war with another flaming front page, « Atom Bomb Startles World ».

The edition reported extensively on the use of an atomic bomb on Japan and the worldwide military, political and diplomatic reactions.

« If historians were to survive to record the course of these fateful years, they might decide that Monday August 6, 1945 deserves to be recorded as one of the greatest days of all time. »

The editorial went on to say that the world really did not understand what had happened: “Even scientists lack the words to describe the full extent of their terrifying power. It is as far removed from today’s bombs as the arrow is from the modern grenade.  »

Just five days later, on August 11th, the newspaper splashed again in black letters with « Japs Offer To Make Peace ».

But The Courier’s editorial demonstrated its characteristic ability to look beyond the present and try to shape the future.

While other leading Australian newspaper writers focused on the ramifications of the Japanese peace offer, the Kurier’s editorial cracked down on both the state and federal governments for failing to adequately address problems with the soldiers’ settlement land program.

The newspaper’s editorial team was well aware of the failure of the South Australian settlement plan after the First World War and of the difficulties encountered in the vicinity of the Beerburrum military settlement north of Brisbane. This Beerburrum program had provided more than 21,000 hectares for soldiers, but failed because of the poor pineapple prices.

Thousands of soldiers were now preparing to return to Queensland, and the courier had examined the settlement program and found it to be utterly inadequate.

« A number of articles published this week on the country settlements of returned soldiers show that Queensland is completely unprepared for this great post-war task, » said The Courier

The paper indicated that the story of settling returned soldiers on viable farmland was « not a happy one ».

After World War I, thousands of Australian soldiers were resettled on blocks that were too small for sustainable development but were overloaded with the capital costs required for that development.

« Very soon tens of thousands of men will be returning to civilian life, » the editorial said. « Many of them hope to settle on land. We are not ready for them, and with current progress we will never be ready. »

However, the courier’s focus on the issue helped keep Australia ready. The soldiers’ settlement plan after World War II was far more sophisticated and based on sound economic principles and played a role in the further development of the state’s basic industries, which are still so important to us today.

The post-war economic boom that swept the western world affected Queensland as well, but the effect was somewhat dampened by an economy that apparently still operated on a war ration mentality.

The beginning of the Korean War was announced to Queensland readers on June 26, 1950 as Cold War tensions spilled over between the Soviet-facing north and the American-facing south and 75,000 North Korean soldiers poured into South Korea.

On July 8, The Courier reported that American superfortresses had bombed four North Korean submarines off the North Korean coast and the Korean War was in full swing, but the newspaper still reflected the war’s exceptional financial payoff.

On September 20th of the same year, The Courier reported the beginning of a fascinating and far-reaching economic event – the wool boom.

The demand for uniforms for troops serving in the Korean War grew from week to week, and our regional centers like Charleville and Longreach were on the verge of entering an exciting time when wool prices were referred to as « pound for a pound ».

The « pound for a pound » price of wool was largely (but not entirely) mythical, as The Courier shows that the average price of wool in the following year (1951) was closer to half a pound.

Social events in western regional centers, including social weddings at the famous Corones Hotel in Charleville, made a good copy for Courier Mail journalists who were constantly on the move.

These glamorous events were referred to in the 1950s as « women’s pages », which quickly gained popularity in the post-war years and became increasingly sophisticated in development or simply as a reflection of social and cultural trends.

When the 1960s dawned, the next economic wave was already making itself felt, which was supposed to move the state forward.

On October 27, 1963, when the thriving Queensland city of Moranbah was little more than pastureland, the newspaper reported a breakthrough in coal negotiations with our former enemy Japan.

« Talks in Japan next month could give Queensland its biggest export boost since the war, » the report said.

« If Japanese interests are ready to sign long-term Queensland hard coking coal contracts, the current development of the Moura coal fields in central Queensland will expand tremendously. »

The Japanese were interested. In the early 1970s, under the Prime Ministerial of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, who relied on the talents of high-ranking officials like Sir Leo Hielscher and the strong editorial support of The Courier-Mail, small towns soon lined the coal fields and created new communities, who still use a resource that ensures the state’s ability to provide services in a decentralized state.

As early as October 29, 1954, the newspaper made readers aware of a new threat in a small and largely unknown Asian country called « Vietnam ».

That day, the newspaper ran an editorial on page two, indicating that « the danger of communist subversive activity in Southeast Asia is a greater immediate problem than the danger of overt aggression ».

It warned of a guerrilla warfare conflict that cost over 500 Australian lives.

In August 1962, the newspaper reported the arrival of the Australian Army training team in South Vietnam, officially marking the beginning of Australia’s involvement in the war.

As the newspaper was covering the exploits of Queenslander Keith Payne, Australia’s first Victoria Cross winner since World War II, who saved up to 40 wounded comrades after his 1st Mobile Strike Force Battalion was attacked by North Vietnamese troops in May 1969 the courier continues to largely support Australia’s involvement in the escalating conflict, as well as the federal government’s support for US President Lyndon B. Johnson, who refused to stop the bombings despite the growing protest movement in the western world.

There were also protests when the apartheid-era South African rugby team toured in 1971. Prime Minister Bjelke-Petersen declared a month-long state of emergency, which made the demonstrators even more angry. A test was played on the exhibition grounds under exceptional security.

In the 1950s, when the world was fascinated by science fiction, the Russian launch of the world’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik, was widely reported in October 1957.

Since the post-war development of the captured German V2 rocket and the publication of the first photos of the earth from the stratosphere, all aspects of the brave new world of space travel, which visibly fascinated and enthusiastic the Courier’s editorial team, have been treated regularly.

On October 3, 1956, the newspaper ran a tiny, speculative article on space travel that was by no means unusual for the time: « A landing on the moon could be in the next 30 years, » said British Interplanetary Society Chairman Valentine Cleaver, the first International Space Congress in Paris.  »

Just 13 years later, Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon was captured in a special edition that contained extraordinary details of the space journey and suggested that a new interplanetary age had begun.

« First Footprint of Man Of the Moon » was the front page on July 22, 1969 in an issue dedicated to one of the most significant, seminal events in human history.

As the 1970s began and television began to invade coverage, one of the strongest cyclones, Cyclone Ada, hit northern Queensland in January.

The courier has reported devastating floods and cyclones almost annually for more than a century.

But Ada, with images of destruction now being broadcast internationally by television news crews, prompted the Courier and other Australian newspapers, which had long recognized that photographic images were as important as words, to provide far more extensive coverage.

The pictures and reports of the devastation of Townsville, Magnetic Island and the Whitsunday Tourist Islands were viewed by millions and sparked efforts within the Bureau of Meteorology to improve cyclone preparation and education programs.

Ada was a precursor to the January 1974 floods, the most devastating natural disaster since 1873.

About 600 mm of rain, brought in by cyclone Wanda, inundated the state capital and the southeast for three days, killing 12 and leaving about 9,000 people temporarily homeless.

The flooding cost an estimated $ 200 million, but it also brought to life the Queenslander fighting spirit, which was reflected on the pages of The Courier-Mail in the first few months of this year.

From the Saturday January 26th issue, which included a picture of a group of children on a makeshift raft rescued from a submerged house in Windsor, The Courier-Mail recorded the loss, grief and determination to fight back.

In a rare action, The Courier-Mail published a front-page editorial on Saturday February 2, intended to bolster the courage of a state still affected by the magnitude of the disaster.

“Queenslanders bow. This week people have responded superbly in the face of the disaster. Many flood victims were overwhelmed by the way people – often complete strangers – spontaneously came to help. encrusted walls. It’s tough, smelly drudgery. There is more than enough evidence of a new community spirit in ailing communities.  »

The newspaper immediately began looking for solutions to our recurring flood problems, and as early as January 28, 1974, it editorialized that further flood protection measures were needed in the southeast.

« These floods showed that while the Somerset Dam provided some control over the water level in the Brisbane River, it was by no means a complete response to Brisbane’s severe flooding. »

And so began a push by the Bjelke-Petersen National Party government, supported by The Courier-Mail, to build the Wivenhoe Dam.

The October 19, 1985 edition of the paper reported (in retrospect rather too optimistic) the completion of the flood protection dam under the heading: « Flood Threat Past: Sir Joh. »

But the state and the newspaper looked ahead, despite the disaster, with an article dated Jan. 31, 1974 reporting Mayor Clem Jones’ lobbying efforts to secure the 1982 Commonwealth Games.

The coverage (not always positive, especially when lobbying cost taxpayers dollars) lasted much of the decade when the state was ambitiously aiming to host a major global sporting event.

When southern media scoffed at the idea that this northern backwater would secure such a coveted event, the courier backed a renovation of the state capital when the river was cleaned up while Queen Street was turned into a pedestrian mall.

On September 30, 1982, the state held its breath as it prepared to take its place on the world stage and when a giant, 13-meter-tall, winking kangaroo named Matilda had burned itself into the collective spirit of the international community Queensland it had made the class.

The Commonwealth Games paved the way for the Expo 88, which is today almost everywhere the linchpin in the development of the state capital from a backwater to a cosmopolitan city.

The courier was ready to voice the community’s concerns about the expo – specifically the voices of West End residents displaced by the increased rents caused by the event.

Aber als Queenslander wie Sir Llew Edwards, der kürzlich verstorbene ehemalige Schatzmeister des Liberalen Staates, der vom damaligen Labour-Premierminister Bob Hawke zum Leiter der Expo-Bewerbung gesalbt wurde, Energie in die Sicherung der Veranstaltung investierten, setzte die Zeitung auch ihre Ressourcen ein, um die Spektakel von 1988 zu einem a Erfolg.

The Courier und Sunday Mail waren offizielle Zeitungen der World Expo 88 und betreuten einen Pavillon neben dem amerikanischen Pavillon, während sie auch offizielle tägliche Unterhaltungsführer druckten.

Die wortgewandte und sympathische Bürgermeisterin Sallyanne ÂAtkinson an der Spitze des Rathauses, selbst ehemalige Courier Mail-Journalistin, trug enorm zu Brisbanes neu entdeckter Persönlichkeit bei, da sich die Stadt der Welt als anspruchsvolles internationales Reiseziel präsentierte.

Mehr als drei Jahrzehnte später weisen Schlüsselidentitäten, die eine wichtige Rolle bei der Entwicklung dieses Staates gespielt haben, wie Sir Leo Hielscher, auf die Expo als den entscheidenden Wendepunkt für den weltweiten Ruf von Queensland hin.

Die 80er Jahre waren aus einem anderen Grund eine berauschende Zeit für den Staat – State of Origin Football – eine Institution, bei deren Entwicklung The Courier-Mail eine bahnbrechende Rolle gespielt hat.

Es war der gefeierte Autor und legendäre Courier-Mail-Journalist Hugh Lunn, der 1979 dem ebenso legendären Rugby-Liga-Administrator und Labour-Partei-Politiker Ron McAuliffe erstmals die Idee von State of Origin vorstellte, als die beiden auf einem Flug nach Canberra waren.

Das berühmte Zitat von Lunn an McAuliffe, das aus diesem Gespräch über die Idee entstand, dass in Queensland geborene Spieler in NSW nach Hause gerufen werden, um den Sunshine State zu repräsentieren, lautete einfach: « Sie können den Queenslander aus Queensland herausholen, Ron, aber Sie können ‘Queensland nicht aus dem Queenslander herausholen. »

Ein weiterer enger Vertrauter von McAuliffe, Lawrie Kavanagh, ein hoch angesehener Courier Mail-Journalist, der fünf Jahrzehnte bei der Zeitung verbrachte, bevor er 1999 in den Ruhestand ging, legte ebenfalls seinen beträchtlichen Einfluss hinter den Vorschlag, und eines der berühmtesten Sportereignisse Australiens wurde ins Leben gerufen.

Und seit dem Moment im Lang Park im Jahr 1980, als der unsterbliche Arthur Beetson seinem Parramatta-Teamkollegen Mick Cronin einen Schlag versetzte, hat State of Origin nie zurückgeschaut.

Es waren auch die 1980er Jahre, als The Courier Mail mit ihrer vielleicht bedeutendsten Untersuchung in ihren 175 Jahren begann.

Es war im Dezember 1986, als der Stabschef von Courier Mail, Bob Gordon, fasziniert und alarmiert war, dass die Schüler der nahegelegenen All Hallows-Schule Frauen sehen konnten, die in einem offensichtlich illegalen Bordell im Valley arbeiteten.

Gordon und sein Chef, der Redakteur Greg Chamberlain, entsandten den Journalisten Phil Dickie, um illegale Bordelle zu untersuchen, obwohl zwei frühere Reporter, die den Auftrag erhalten hatten, auf einige Schwierigkeiten gestoßen waren, die Chamberlain später als « unangenehme Bedrohung » bezeichnete.

Was folgte, war eine Reihe von höchst aufschlussreichen Geschichten über Korruption, zusammen mit einem wachsenden Stapel von „Unterlassungserklärungen“.

Als die Four Corners von ABC Dickies Führung folgten und The Moonlight State ausstrahlten, begann die Dynamik für eine der umfangreichsten Korruptionsermittlungen, die jemals in der Nation durchgeführt wurden, zu wachsen.

Anwalt Tony Fitzgerald beaufsichtigte eine Untersuchung, die Korruption aufdeckte, die so tief verwurzelt war, dass sie bis in den Kabinettsraum der Regierung Bjelke-Petersen reichte.

Die Fitzgerald-Untersuchung, die nicht stattgefunden hätte, hätte der Kurier nicht seine Ermittlungen eingeleitet, führte zur Inhaftierung von drei ehemaligen Ministern der Regierung sowie des Polizeikommissars Terry Lewis.

Es war auch ein Schlüsselfaktor bei der Wahl der Labour-Regierung im Jahr 1989, nachdem eine Generation von Country Party und National/Liberal Coalition regiert hatte, der neue Premier Wayne Goss, der eine vollständige Neugestaltung des Staates beaufsichtigte und Queensland in die Neuzeit führte.

Der Kurier war im Dezember 2010 in Bereitschaft, als Queensland seinen höchsten monatlichen Niederschlag seit Beginn der Aufzeichnungen verzeichnete, nachdem zwei Tage vor Weihnachten eine Monsunrinne aus dem Korallenmeer hereingekommen war und den Staat überschwemmte.

Hunderttausende von Queenslandern erinnern sich noch immer an 1974, und der Staat bereitete sich darauf vor, dass regionale Zentren wie Rockhampton von Hochwasser abgeschnitten wurden.

Eine Sturzflut in TooÂwoomba am 10. Januar 2011, die von mehr als 160 mm Regen in 36 Stunden angeheizt wurde, markierte den Beginn des wahren Horrors, der mehr als 30 Menschenleben kostete und den Staat völlig verwüstete.

Der Kurier entsandte, wie es in den vergangenen 165 Jahren üblich war, während der gesamten Veranstaltung Reporter und Fotografen durch den ganzen Staat.

Die Berichterstattung der Zeitung trug zur Schaffung der Queensland Floods-Untersuchungskommission 2011 bei, über die die Zeitung im Laufe des Jahres 2011 täglich berichtete, später überwachte und über Empfehlungen berichtete, die dazu führten, dass Queensland international als führend im Katastrophenmanagement anerkannt wurde.

Der Kurier, mit all den Stärken, Schwächen, Weisheit und Rücksichtslosigkeit, die jede menschliche Institution auszeichnen, ist seit mehr als sieben Generationen in das Gefüge des Staates eingebunden und seine Seiten dokumentieren getreu den Verlauf unseres Lebens.

Von den Tagen, als diese Baracken im frühen 19. Jahrhundert das Buschwerk übersäten, bis hin zu den Skylines unserer Metropolen des 21. Jahrhunderts, die vom Tweed River bis Cairns reichen, ist der Kurier seiner ursprünglichen Mission treu geblieben, zur Schaffung eines Staates beizutragen, den alle Queenslander kann stolz sein.

Die grenzenlose Zukunft entfaltet sich vor uns mit all den bezaubernden Möglichkeiten, die das digitale Zeitalter bietet. Wer weiß, vielleicht gehört zu dieser Zukunft eine Olympiade im Jahr 2032, ein Ereignis, für das die Kurier-Mail von Anfang an im Mittelpunkt stand, für das sie unermüdlich Lobbyarbeit geleistet hat.

Aber wir können vielleicht einen Moment innehalten, Arthur Sidney Lyon und seiner Journalistenbande, die an der Ecke Albert- und Queen-Straße schufteten, zunicken und eine Schlagzeile durch die Jahrhunderte zurückschicken, die zweifellos einen Jubel auslösen würde: « Wir » re für Queensland. »


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