Over 800 possible ‘Australian Protected Objects’ are going under the digital hammer

We are honoured to present the estate of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen and Lady Florence Bjelke-Petersen, two of the most influential Queenslanders of
our time.

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen was the longest-serving Premier of Queensland for 19 years and is considered by many to be the architect of modern Queensland. His sweeping reforms led to Queensland becoming an economic powerhouse. Joh was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1984.

Lady Florence Bjelke-Petersen served as a Queensland Senator for 12 years and was loved by all parties. She was an ardent voice for her Queensland constituents and advocated strongly for local issues.

The Bjelke-Petersen family say it is the end of the era of Joh and Flo’s partnership, in which they achieved so much for both Queensland and Australia during both of their political careers.

Find yourself a piece of Australian history

This auction event is extremely rare, and we feel very privileged to support the Bjelke-Petersen family as they have entrusted us to auction over 800 treasured items, each with their own story to tell.

The Bjelke-Petersen Estate auction features Sir Joh’s personal desk and his briefcase that he used on a daily basis as Premier of Queensland. Even the 1982 Jaguar Saloon he drove is looking for a new custodian to lovingly restore it.

There is also the opportunity to perfect Lady Flo’s famous pumpkin scone recipe which also features in the auction inscribed on a ceramic soup spoon.

Another one of the headline pieces within the auction however 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 to commemorate the historic landing of the first humans to land on the moon.

Amongst these incredible items you will also find original oil paintings of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen by Australian Artist and Archibald Prize Winner William Dargie, a Pro Hart original work, autographed campaign posters, historical and nautical items, homewares, clothing, art, maps, music, books and many more pieces of Australian history.

But make sure that history is carefully upheld!

In a last-minute development, we received contact from the Australian Government over the weekend to state that items from the Bjelke-Petersen auction could be Australian Protected Objects.

Aimed towards preserving and keeping important history within Australia, this just goes to prove just how spectacular and important these items truly are.

The items in this auction tell many important stories about Australia’s history and in particular, Queensland’s growth and how it came to be the state it is today.

We believe the government should be applauded for reaching out to protect its history.


Will you be one of the lucky ones to do so?

The Bjelke-Peterson family recognises the impact that Sir Joh and Lady Flo Bjelke-Petersen had on Queenslanders and Australian’s alike and hopes that the treasures offered in this historic collection reinforce their memory in the hearts and minds of the new custodians of these heirlooms for generations to come.

This auction has attracted so much interest from all over the country, and New Zealand, where Sir Joh was born.

You 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.

If you are lucky enough to acquire items from this collection, we are sure you will honour and treasure them as much as the Bjelke-Petersen family has.

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Matt Kalinski

Head Of Valuations

Qualifications & Affiliations

American Society of Appraisers Candidate Member

Certified Practicing Valuer AVAA


Matt has been in the valuations space for many years and has extensive experience in the space across an abundance of various industries. He now leads the valuations teams for Lloyds Auctions with a passion for encouraging his team to set and achieve high goals and produce great results for the company whilst growing the team’s skills starting with a great culture and team mindset.