Sir Joh’s estate labelled protected by government
THE auctioneers selling off memorabilia owned by Joh and Flo Bjelke-Petersen have been informed by the Australian Government the items might not be allowed to leave Australia as they could be protected objects.
Lloyds Auctions received the contact from the Australian Government over the weekend.
Chief operations officer Lee Hames said he commended the government's stance on protecting Australian history.
"The items in this auction tell many important stories about Australia's history and in particularly Queensland's growth and how it came to be the state it is today, so we applaud the government for reaching out to protect it's history," he said.
With the estate to go up for auction this Tuesday night featuring over 800 items with no reserve there have been thousands of bids already with interest from all over the country and abroad, including New Zealand where Sir Joh was born.
In a final clean-up of the estate over the weekend Sir Joh's iconic original stetson Swagger hat was uncovered and added to the auction along with Lady Flo's black leather Gucci bag and White Gold Mikimoto Pearl earrings.
Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen was Queensland's longest-serving premier and his wife Lady Flo served as a Queensland senator for 12 years.
"As a family we have decided to allow the sale of Dad and Mum's collection which has been in their home at Bethany for many years," a family spokesperson said.
"We are sure those who acquire items from this collection will honour and treasure them as much as our whole family has."
The auction features Sir Joh's personal desk, the briefcase he used daily as premier, hand-signed campaign posters, and even Sir Joh's 1982 Jaguar Saloon he once drove.
There is also opportunity to perfect Lady Flo's famous pumpkin scone recipe which also features in the auction inscribed on a ceramic soup spoon.
"This event is extremely rare, and we feel very privileged to honour and support the Bjelke-Petersen family where they have entrusted us to auction over 800 treasured items each with their own story to tell," Mr Hames said.
One of the headline pieces within the auction is a 1969 hand signed post-moon landing world tour luncheon schedule signed by the participants including Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, John Gorton and numerous other dignitaries.
The auction features original oil paintings of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen by Australian artist and Archibald Prize-winner William Dargie.
Other items that feature in the auction include historical and nautical items, silverware, homewares, glassware, clothing, crockery, art, maps, music, books and many more pieces of Australian history.
"The community really have this once in a lifetime chance to become a custodian of a cherished piece of Australian history and share a story that will be remembered forever," Mr Hames said.
The auction ends on August 11 at 7pm. Visit www.lloydsauctions.com.au for more.