- Queenslander, a person who is native to or resident in Queensland naturally finds a place in The Australian National Dictionary, along with Victorian, Tasmanian, Westralian, Territorian, and New South Welshman. The first citation for Queenslander is 1860, only one year after it was constitued as a separate colony in 1859, having previously formed part of New South Wales. Subsequent citations to the 1970s tend to present the Queenslander favourably, but later citations reflect a more disparaging attitude towards the inhabitants of this State, perhaps reflecting an increase in interstate rivalry, or perhaps indicating the attitude of Southerners towards what are popularly perceived as the conservative views of the inhabitants of the Sunshine State: The Sydney down-and-out can immediate elevate himself by making some disparaging remark about Queenslanders. H. Lunn, Queenslanders (1984). Similar sentiment is evident in the nickname Banana-bender frequently applied to Queenslanders: To the rest of the country Queensland was the home of the 'Banana Benders'. This, to Queenslanders.. was not a term of endearment. M. Grant, Barrier Reef (1980). The Australian National Dictionary acknowledges a transferred sense of the word Queenslander in the citation: Your business was the sale of some Queenslanders - cattle, you know. I. A. Rosenblum, Stella Sothern (1911). Another transferred usage of Queenslander, according the database at the Australian National Dictionary Centre, is its application to a distinct type of dwelling suited to tropical or semi-tropical conditions: an elevated,usually spacious, weatherboard house designed to maximise air movement in a humid climate: Isn't our house grand? It's an old Queenslander. R. Fitzgerald, Busy in the Fog (1990). Where else could you find a Queenslander at almost land value with a boat mooring at your back door? Courier Mail (8 October 1994).
Australian idioms. 2014.