With just three months to go in our Centenary Year, we can reflect on some of the wonderful celebrations that have already been held across the State – with still a handful to go.
The Queensland Centenary Gala dinner was a sea of red, black and gold as members and their guests dressed to impress and joined together to celebrate the great profession of engineering.
Dr Kimberly Clayfield kicked off the night with reflections on space travel, with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing a key feature.
The 2019 Professional Engineer of the Year and Young Professional Engineer of the Year awards were presented by Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner - congratulations to Jothi Ramanujam and Matthew Uidam respectively.
But one of the most talked about parts of the evening was the heartfelt presentation of the Hall of Fame to the descendants of George Boulton. Having seven direct descendants, including a daughter and grandchildren there to receive this recognition and hearing from the family about the wonderful engineering stories he told them over the years, brought a tear to many eyes.
The night concluded with a reading by Andrew King and Trang Pham – an excerpt of the soon to be released book ‘Young Engineers’; The night was truly a celebration of the past, present and future.
The Centenary celebrations continued in August with the Northern Regional Forum in Mackay. The event included a screening of Dream Big, focussing on the future engineers and featuring presentations from local engineers on the topics of Northern Queensland Engineering Wonders.
Early September saw a range of members from Students through to Honorary Fellows attend a breakfast at Government House. The event was opened by His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC (you can read his speech here), who expressed his appreciation for the important role that engineers have in the community. It was a great opportunity for members to engage directly with the Governor, and his staff, to promote the profession of engineering.
Queensland members and volunteers have been recognised not only through awards, but are being profiled on our official Centenary webpage.
The year is not yet over so we look forward to the rest of the events still to come, including but not limited to the Cairns Gala Dinner on 25 October.