Silk Address - Inauguration of the Works of the First Queensland Railway

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Silk address - Invitation to the "Inauguration of the Works of the First Queensland Railway in Ipswich, on 25th February 1864". The address is in a metal frame. Silk has signs of wear and tear, especially along the folding lines, and some stains.
DOCUMENTS Memorials & Addresses memorial
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L517 x W290 x H21 mm
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Silk, cardboard, fabric (rope), indeterminate metal.
PROGRAMME OF PROCEEDINGS\AT THE\INAUGURATION OF THE WORKS OF THE FIRST\QUEENSLAND RAILWAY,\IPSWICH, 25TH FEBRUARY, 1864.\Holders of Tickets for Admission to the Exclosure will assemble on the ground at North Ipswich at 11 A.M.\HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR AMD LADY BOWEN,\Accompanied by an Escort of Volunteer Cavalry, will arrive at Half-past Eleven, and be received by the\Committee; the Volunteer Rifles and Artillery being present.\The ADDRESS from the RAILWAY COMMITTEE, on behalf of the Public, will then be read by\Dr.Challinor and presented to HIS EXCELLENCY. The ADDRESS from\the CORPORATION will follow.\The MINISTER FOR LANDS AND WORKS, the Hon. A.Macalister, will then invite LADY BOWEN\ to honour the event by turning the First Sod - at the same time presenting the spade.\LADY BOWEN will perform the ceremony, depositing the Turf in the Barrow, which will be\wheeled to the tip by the Minister for Lands and Works, on which\a SALUTE will be fired by the Volunteers.\ At One P.M. the COMMITTEE will receive HIS EXCELLENCY at the School of Arts, to partake of\Luncheon provided for the occassion.\The Chair will be taken by the Hon. F. North.\The following Toasts will be proposed by the Chairman:-1. "THE QUEEN"2. "THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES, AND THE REST OF THE ROYAL FAMILY"3. "THE HEALTH OF HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR."4. "THE ARMY, NAVY, AND VOLUNTEERS."5."SUCCESS TO THE PIONEER RAILWAY OF QUEENSLAND."6. "HER MAJESTY'S MINISTERS AND PARLIAMENT OF QUEENSLAND."7. "LADY BOWEN AND THE LADIES OF QUEENSLAND."8. "SUCCESS TO THE CONTRACTORS."Printed at the "Queensland Times" Office, Ipswich.
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This invitation, in the form of a Silk Address, is for the inauguration of construction for Queensland's first railway from Ipswich to Bigge's Camp (Grandchester) held on 25 February 1864.

The construction of the railway from Ipswich towards Toowoomba was a much-debated and key activity in the development of a transport network in Queensland. The Inauguration of Construction was marked by the "turning of the first sod". The event was attended by the Governor, Sir George Bowen, and his wife, Lady Diamantina Bowen, together with prominent Railway officials, the Mayor and councillors of Ipswich and a large crowd of spectators. Reported in detail in the newspapers of the day, the event was seen as an important day for the fledgling colony.
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