Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame 2013
The latest inductees to the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame will be announced at the annual induction dinner on Thursday 25 July. Each year the Hall of Fame honours business leaders who have made a lasting and significant contribution to Queensland’s development. Many inductees are from regional Queensland and their stories are characterised by the challenges of making it good in a small town. They also reveal the greater story of Queensland’s development and how we’ve become typified as a place of opportunity, risk-taking and big ideas.
Cyril Golding, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012, had all the hallmarks of a quintessential Queensland entrepreneur. Mr Golding, or Mr Gladstone as he became known, was a self-made man from humble beginnings; he started his empire in 1942 with a nothing more than a second-hand truck. He became well-known and well regarded in the community that he helped build, his life in many ways paralleling the development of Gladstone itself.
Although a not-for profit organisation, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Queensland section (2011) was driven into existence by the determination and enterprising vision of Presbyterian minister John Flynn, who was committed to addressing the pressing medical needs of communities isolated by Queensland’s vast geographic expanses. The Royal Flying Doctor Service’s inaugural flight from Cloncurry to Julia Creek in 1928 was only 8 years after Qantas was founded. The service linked and serviced communities with a pilot and a doctor, but also helped to establish the ‘school of the air’ that home educated (and still educates) children in remote locations.
As well as being stories of business success and leadership, the stories of Hall of Fame inductees are inexorably linked to the economic and commercial development of Queensland towns and communities.
The 2013 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Induction Dinner will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday 25 July. For further information or to book tickets please go to: http://leaders.slq.qld.gov.au/
Chrissi Theodosiou - Acting Senior Research Officer, State Library of Queensland