Distance was an important factor in the development of the early separation movements. The capital city was placed in the extreme south-east comer of an enormous territory comprising 670,000 square miles. As the bush ballad from which G.C. Bolton took the title of his 85 CHRISTINE DORAN book pointed out, many parts of North Queensland were “a thousand miles 3 away” from the administrative centre in Brisbane. In 1893, a pamphlet entitled Why North Queensland Wants Separation drew attention to the unfortunate geographical position of Brisbane, asking
In 1893, a pamphlet entitled Why North Queensland Wants Separation drew attention to the unfortunate geographical position of Brisbane, asking:
When a wheelright makes a wheel, does he put the hub on the rim?….When an engineer erects a stationary engine, does he not erect it as near as possible to the place where its power is to be exerted?…
Yet the people of Queensland have placed their administrative engine, the hub of their Government, in the extreme comer of a territory of 670,000 square miles; and expect that the power of the State will be equally exerted at Bowen and at Brisbane, that the benefits of the State will be equally shown at Ipswich, twenty miles away from the capital, and at Croydon, a thousand miles away. Is the expectation reasonable?….
What would you think of a man who told you the circulation of the blood would be more perfect if the heart were placed in the big toe