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Name or Title: H49624 Medal - "Queensland Disaster Hero"

Classification: CH classification NUMISMATICS (MEDALS AND OTHER) Badges Civil
CH classification TROPHIES AND AWARDS

Brief Description: Faux bronze badge/medal stuck onto a cardboard back (DL size). Cardboard backing contains the words "Queensland disaster hero" as well as background text about the meaning of the medal. It is signed by Prime Minister, Julia Gillard and the Premier of Queensland, Anna Bligh. Medal and card are in original cellophane packet with adhesive closure.

Collection: Social History

Production Place: Queensland/Australia

Production Date: 2011

Materials: Nonferrous metal, cardboard, steel.

Measurement : Medal: W29 x L40 x H4 mm
Cardboard:L210 x W100 x H0.5 mm

Signature/Marks: Queensland \ disaster hero \ 2010/2011
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Queensland \ disaster \ hero \ We are Queenslanders - we're the people they breed tough north \ of the border. We're the ones that they knock down and we get up again. \ This weather may break our hearts, but it will not break our will." \ Anna Bligh, Premier of Queensland (January 2011) \ On behalf of all Australians we want to say a heartfelt \ thank you for assisting in the recovery and rebuilding efforts \ ...\ The Hon Julia Gillard MP \ Prime Minister of Australia \ The Hon Anna Bligh MP \ Premier of Queensland \ Australian Government \ Queensland Government"

History and Use: The series of Queensland cyclones and floods which occurred over the summer of 2010-2011 was one of the most devastating natural disasters in the history of the state. The events which were named by the media as ‘Queensland’s Summer of Disasters’, impacted over 2.5 million people and saw the evacuation of entire towns, power and water being cut off as well as roads, railway lines, buildings, homes and personal property damaged. It also resulted in the tragic death of 35 people and the declaration of 78% of the state as a disaster zone.

After the extreme weather conditions took place and the flood waters receded, thousands of volunteers immediately responded by rallying together to help friends, neighbours and complete strangers clean up their businesses and homes. Many Queenslander’s showed great generosity, courage, strength and community spirit during the clean-up phase of the event with volunteers providing hands-on help, free services, professional advice, donations and much more to help those cyclone and flood affected victims get back on their feet.

Later, on the 2nd March 2011, then Premier of Queensland, Anna Bligh invited Queenslanders to nominate individuals in their community who they thought deserved a ‘Queensland Disaster Hero’ award. Nominated heroes had to demonstrate community initiative, bravery, courage, resilience and strength during the natural disasters. More than 3,500 people were nominated across the state and invited to one of ten recognition ceremonies during the Queensland Week celebrations which ran from 4th to 13th June 2011. Ceremonies were held throughout the month of June in the Lockyer Valley, Tully, Townsville, Rockhampton, Dalby, Emerald, Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Ipswich and Brisbane where each Queensland Disaster Hero was awarded a special commemorative medal as a keepsake and reminder of their contribution. This is an example of the medals handed out by the Queensland Government to those people who were nominated as disaster heroes.

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