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Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria – after whom Queensland is named – was one of the United Kingdom's most popular monarchs. Her reign lasted from 1837 to 1901, a period hence known as the Victorian era. It was a time of major social, economic and technological progress around the world, with the Industrial Revolution driving changes across almost every aspect of daily life.

The role of the Queen of the British Empire in the 19th century was more influential than the British monarch is today. Royalty and the British Empire were very important in the early Australian colonies and Queen Victoria was adored by the public as a champion of morality and family values. When Lord and Lady Lamington moved in to Government House, their close ties with Queen Victoria (she was godfather to their son Victor) saw the House looked upon as "Brisbane's Buckingham Palace".

By the time of her death in 1901, Queen Victoria's empire included Canada, Australia, India, New Zealand and large parts of Africa. Many places around the world are named in her honour, testament to the immense popularity she enjoyed amongst her subjects.