A Queenslander (sense 2) in Chelmer, a suburb of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia.

From Queensland +‎ -er (suffix attached to placename proper nouns denoting inhabitants or residents of those places).[1]



Queenslander (plural Queenslanders)

  1. A person from Queensland, Australia.
    Synonyms: (humorous, informal) banana bender, (slang, derogatory) cane toad
    • 1926, Rudyard Kipling, “A Friend of the Family”, in Debits and Credits, Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Page & Company, OCLC 1193059112, page 268:
      "An' what about your Queenslander?" the Australian asked.
    • 1977, Joh[annes] Bjelke-Petersen, “Messages to the Convention and to the President, Incoming President, and President-Elect of Rotary International”, in 1977 Proceedings: Sixty-eighth Annual Convention of Rotary International: San Francisco, California, U.S.A.: 5–9 June, 1977, [Evanston, Ill.]: Rotary International, OCLC 63598589, page 198:
      In view of the rapid development of Queensland, our prosperity and our major contribution to the nation and to world trade, I believe it is significant that a Queenslander should be honoured with such a high position in Rotary.
    • 2004, Mark Browning, Rod Marsh: A Life in Cricket, Dural, N.S.W.: Rosenberg Publishing, →ISBN:
      In reality the selectors' decision was between [Rod] Marsh and John Maclean and the Queenslander got the nod.
    • 2009, Darryl Greer, chapter 31, in The Election, [Mudgeeraba, Qld.?]: Darryl Greer, →ISBN, page 249:
      Takada had the added advantage of being a Queenslander, although from the other end of the state. But to a native north Queenslander, that was better than being from Melbourne.
  2. (Australia, architecture) A house built in an architectural style found in Queensland, characterized by being raised up on stumps about two metres off the ground, and having wide verandahs around it.
    • 1994, Ross Fitzgerald, “Labour in Power, 1915–1919”, in “Red Ted”: The Life of E. G. Theodore, St. Lucia, Qld.: University of Queensland Press, →ISBN, page 74:
      Originally built in 1907 and designed by New Zealand-born architect R[obert] S[mith] (Robin) Dods, Alma-den was a high-set Queenslander, with a large verandah around three sides of the house. Underneath in the front, Ted had a small study-cum-library-cum-hobby space, and from the time the family moved to New Farm he began to collect a library.
    • 2003, Darroch Donald, East Coast Australia: Sydney to Cairns (Footprint Handbooks), Bath, Somerset: Footprint, →ISBN:
      [A] conveniently located 4-star B&B in a restored traditional Queenslander, offering 6 spacious en suites and 1 luxury suite with spa, pool and off-street parking.
    • 2006 winter, Melissa Lucashenko, “Not Quite White in the Head”, in Frank Stewart, Larissa Behrendt, Barry Lopez, and Mark Tredinnick, editors, Where The Rivers Meet: New Writing from Australia (Mānoa; volume 18, number 2), Honolulu, Hi.: University of Hawaiʻi Press, →ISBN, ISSN 1045-7909, page 29:
      Any house built substantially of wood and lasting more than twenty years is now a "Queenslander" it seems and commands a premium. [] The Queenslander lifestyle is meant to convey a mood of summer indolence, perhaps by the pool but certainly taking in a verandah and an open-plan weekend in which cold drinks and friends replace the claustrophobia and TV of the brick bungalow. [] There is also a pleasing sense of history to the Queenslander: the patina of tradition is added to what is a functionally pleasant building.
    • 2021 October 20, Joseph Brennan, “A Key Part of Our Diverse Railway Heritage”, in Rail, number 942, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire: Bauer Media, ISSN 0953-4563, OCLC 999467860, page 56:
      I live in a quintessential (Australian) building type myself—a high-set ‘Queenslander’ on Captain [James] Cook’s tropical Cape Tribulation coast—and some of the details I love most about it are its Deco influences— []

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  1. ^ Queenslander, n.”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, June 2021; “Queenslander, n.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

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