This statue of Queen Victoria stands in Queens Park, Brisbane, the building behind her is the Treasury Heritage Hotel.
Queensland separated from New South Wales in 1859. The Proclamation was signed by Queen Victoria and the colony was called Queensland, a name coined by Queen Victoria herself.
Wherever you go in the world the chances are you will come across a statue of the Queen Empress. She was on the throne for over 63 years, at a time when the British Empire was at its most influential and when its colonies spanned the world.
Headed, “Queen Victoria’s Stockings Unearthed in State Library of Queensland Archives”, 6 November 2011,the Sunday Mail newspaper included this image.
Given that this statue, referred to by the Irish author James Joyce as the “Auld Bitch” currently resides in Sydney, (it’s previous home was in Ireland outside Leinster House, Dublin, the Seat of the Irish parliament). And that it has only been in Australia since 1987 – far less time than the stockings, it surprises me that the paper did not use an image of our own statue given that it’s only a five minute walk across the river from the Queensland State Library.
This is my take of the Sydney statue.