Lady Flo Bjelke-Petersen laid to rest at state funeral

Published: 04 January 2018

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Former Queensland Senator Lady Florence Bjelke-Petersen will be laid to rest today at a state funeral in Kingaroy, 200 kilometres north-west of Brisbane.

Former Queensland Senator Lady Florence Bjelke-Petersen will be laid to rest today at a state funeral in Kingaroy, 200 kilometres north-west of Brisbane.

The wife of Queensland’s longest serving Premier, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, passed away on 20 December last year, at the age of 97.

Up to 2000 people are expected to attend the service at Kingaroy Town Hall today, the same place where her husband’s service was held in April 2005.

Politicians from across the country are expected to be present at the service including Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, as well as current serving senators and local government representatives from Queensland.

Lady Flo reportedly left detailed instructions with her daughters about what music, hymns and prayers she wanted to be used at her funeral.

The eulogy is expected to be delivered by her four children.

A tribute will be delivered on behalf of the Australian people by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will also read a prayer selected by Lady Flo.

She will be laid to rest beside her husband at the family property in Kingaroy.

As well as being a devoted wife to controversial former Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Lady Flo was also a strong political figure in her own right, serving 12 years in the Senate from 1981 until her retirement in 1993.

She was known as a woman of strong conviction, crossing the floor on two government taxation bills.

Lady Flor was also well-known for her award winning pumpkin scones.

The funeral is set to begin later today at 1pm AEST.