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QUEANBEYAN’S TARTAN UNVEILED
Member for Monaro John Barilaro and Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor Tim Overall today officially unveiled Queanbeyan’s new tartan.
Mr Barilaro said the new tartan was made possible through the NSW Government’s Stronger Community Fund, with the tartan design inspired by Queanbeyan.
“This tartan will give the city international recognition, with the design uniquely Queanbeyan,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The colours all have a direct link to Queanbeyan, with inspiration taken from the city’s flag, coat of arms and natural landscape.”
The dark blue in the tartan represents the Queanbeyan River, one of the most picturesque parts of the city.
The colours red, gold and black are inspired by the city’s flag and coat of arms, while the white symbolises a fence and alludes to Queanbeyan being the gateway to the Nation’s Capital.
Mayor Overall said the opportunity for the city to have its own tartan marks a significant element of Queanbeyan’s ancestry and historical heritage.
“Queanbeyan’s origins were significantly influenced by the early settlers.and the County of Murray area. These early settlers included the McLarens, the Mcquoids, the McKeahnies, the McInnes and the Campbells, to name just a few,” Cr Overall said.
“Today, Queanbeyan residents with Scottish ancestry make up close to 7 percent of the population.”
Queanbeyan’s town crier Joseph McGrail-Bateup, who will wear Queanbeyan’s new tartan as part of his official duties, said the tartan will add to the city’s identity.
“This tartan is about promoting Queanbeyan and I know its unique design will give the city recognition across the world,” Mr McGrail-Bateup said.