Selden Society 2020 lecture series—lecture one

Important change: Due to COVID-19 pandemic this lecture has been postponed to 8 October 2020.

The three Queenslands: Griffith’s plan for the United Provinces of Queensland

Presented by Professor Greg Taylor

Thursday 2 April 2020

5.15 for 5.30pm, followed by refreshments

Banco Court, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law

Level 3, 415 George Street, Brisbane


About the lecture

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Sir Samuel Griffith’s death, the Supreme Court Library is dedicating its 2020 Selden Society lecture series to the great law maker, constitutionalist and statesman.

In the first of these special lectures, Professor Greg Taylor of the University of Adelaide will explore Griffith’s plan of 1890–92, when he was Queensland Premier, to divide Queensland into three provinces to create the United Provinces of Queensland. This startling idea would have changed the map of Australia as we know it, with each new province entering the federation as a separate state.

Little has been known about this nearly successful plan for a Queensland federation until now. Professor Taylor will close that gap and show Griffith's strengths and weaknesses as a constitutionalist—and that even his weaknesses reflected well on him.