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In 1859, formed out of the rawest materials and in no very favorable sic circumstances, ruled by a neophyte governor with delusions of grandeur, little regard for the conventions of parliamentary government, and rather less for the truth, Queensland was, like Athena, born fully grown, yet possessing a political maturity that matched the ovine nature of its economy.
First placid, then unruly, it progressed from bare sentience through mercurial factionalism, to a nebulous two-party system, and then an effective one-party state, all within 31 years.
With the 20th century came a decade of fundamental political realignment and the creation of
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