|Queensland (ˈkwiːnzˌlænd, -lənd)|
|a state of NE Australia: fringed on the Pacific side by the Great Barrier Reef; the Great Dividing Range lies in the east, separating the coastal lowlands from the dry Great Artesian Basin in the south. Capital: Brisbane. Pop: 3 840 111 (2003 est). Area: 1 727 500 sq km (667 000 sq miles)|
Note: The British settled Brisbane in the early eighteenth century as a penal colony.