Australia - Brisbane and Queensland

Brisbane is named after Sir Thomas Brisbane, Governor of New South Wales from 1821 to 1825. The first European settlement was a penal colony at Redcliffe, 28 km north of the main city, founded in 1824. Free settlers were permitted from 1842. Queensland was named in honour of Queen Victoria who on 6 June 1859 signed Letters Patent separating the colony from New South Wales. Queen Victoria chose an eponymous name for the colony over Cooksland that had been suggested to honour Sir James Cook.
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