Nine new Queensland Greats

Nine inspirational recipients have been added to the list of Queensland Greats.

In its 20th year, the awards recognise and celebrate extraordinary achievements and life-time contributions by Queenslanders to our state and, often, to the world.

They are the highlight of Queensland Day, marking the day when the State of Queensland was proclaimed on June 6, 1859.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the 2020 Queensland Greats shared a common trait: service to the community.

Ms Palaszczuk said it was particularly pleasing that so many of this year’s recipients are from regional Queensland.

“Every one of our Queensland Greats has worked to make other people’s lives better, some after overcoming incredible adversity themselves,” she said.

“They display strength, courage, ingenuity, talent and determination – all of the things that continue to make Queensland what it is.”

The 2020 Queensland Greats are:

  • Bruce Morcombe OAM and Denise Morcombe OAM
  • Associate Professor James Morton AM
  • Betty Taylor
  • Nancy Bates OAM
  • Angus Lane OAM
  • Father Mick Lowcock
  • PCYC Queensland
  • Richard (Darby) McCarthy OAM

Since the Queensland Greats Awards began in 2001, 102 individuals, 16 institutions, 6 posthumous and 1 honorary recipient have been recognised as Queensland Greats.

As a lasting tribute, each Queensland Great is honoured with a commemorative plaque displayed at Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane.

More about the 2020 Queensland Greats Awards recipients below, and at

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