The Queensland Book Launch
The Queensland Book Launch was hosted by the Royal Historical Society of Queensland. It took place in the Legislative Council Chamber of Queensland Parliament House, on Monday 28th September 2015.
The main speaker was The Hon George Brandis QC, Attorney-General of Australia. In his enthusiastic address to launch the book, Senator Brandis told a full chamber that, had it not been for the actions of Attorney-General Arthur Rutledge, Queensland may well have failed to be part of Australia. “In his book Mr Wilcox has made a very persuasive case that Arthur Rutledge altered the course of our history”, he said.
The North Queensland Book Launch
Charters Towers was chosen as the site for the Northern Queensland Book Launch on Tuesday 22nd September 2015 because Kennedy/ Charters Towers had been the seats of Arthur Rutledge from 1885 to 1895. The sitting federal member for the seat of Kennedy the Hon. Bob Katter MP said he had been delighted to receive an invitation to talk about his predecessor. In his stirring speech about Arthur Rutledge he told his audience,
“…as for the creation of an Australian nation, it seems so automatic now – but it wasn’t at the time. As the author pointed out, it was anything but. Queensland was saying ‘no’ and Western Australia was following them and saying ‘no’. Those people that believed had to get out and fight; so Arthur fought. That ‘struggle’ was very accurate to the assessment that if he hadn’t been out there fighting there would have been no Australia”.