'It was like royalty coming to our place'
MEMBER for Maranoa David Littleproud will never forget the moment he met Lady Florence Bjelke-Peterson.
When he was about seven-years-old, Lady Flo was passing through Chinchilla and dropped into the Littleproud household to visit David's dad Brian, the state member at the time.
"It was like royalty coming to our place, the whole street was waiting for her to turn up, she was a celebrity in those days,” Mr Littleproud said.
Queensland is now mourning the loss of Lady Bjelke-Peterson, after she passed away on Wednesday.
Mr Littleproud credits Lady Bjelke-Peterson and her husband, Sir Joh, for creating the Queensland we know today and inspiring him with their work ethic.
"Jo and Flo took it by the scruff of the neck and made it a place you could invest and make things happen,” he said.
"I wouldn't be a Federal MP if it wasn't for the Bjelke-Petersen family and my father wouldn't have been in state politics if it wasn't for the Bjelke-Petersens - I owe them a lot.”
Mr Littleproud said she was warm and caring, and one of the highlights of his career was opening a hospital in her honour.
"She was a trailblazer in Queensland politics, a strong force who will never be forgotten,” he said.