Statue - Chinese Dragon

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Chinese Dragon statue, gold painted ceramic, one ear broken, with gold commemorative plate affixed with red tassles, one of a pair.
CH classification CIVIC MEMENTOES Presentations
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L432 x W140 x H263 mm
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Painted ceramic
<on metal plaque> Congratulations to \ The Honourable Peter Beattie \ Your Premiership means Leadership \ Stability \ Progress \ And Prosperity \ From the Chinese Community of Queensland
History and use
This pair of Chinese Dragons were presented to Premier Peter Beattie by the Chinese Community of Queensland in recognition of his clear stance against racism, embracing the multicultural nature of Queensland society. Peter Beattie identified them as one of the most evocative gifts he was given in his time as Premier.
The Chinese have contributed to many aspects of Queensland’s history. The first Chinese immigrants arrived in Queensland in the 1840s as indentured labourers particularly in agricultural industries. In the 1860s with the opening of the goldfields the number of Chinese immigrants increased, mainly as settlers rather than as indentured workers, becoming an important part of many trades and professions including sugar and banana farming, market gardening, mining, shopkeeping and furniture making. In 1888 the Queensland government introduced legislation to limit the number of Chinese people entering the state. Since the easing of this legislation in the 20th century the Chinese community has grown and its positive influence on the development of social, cultural, industrial and professional areas in Queensland is clear.
Peter Beattie was born on November 18, 1952, the youngest of seven children. His parents died when he was young, and he lived with his grandmother in Atherton where he attended the local primary and high schools. He attended The University of Queensland and after working as a lawyer, became State Secretary of the Queensland Labor Party from 1981-1988. He was elected to Parliament as the Member for Brisbane Central in 1989 and was appointed as the chair of the Parliamentary Criminal Justice Committee. From July 1995 he served as Health Minister before becoming Opposition leader on February 19, 1996. He became Premier of Queensland on June 26, 1998 and retired on 13 September 2007. This makes him the second longest serving Premier in the Queensland’s history.

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