Personal items owned by former Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen and his wife Lady Flo are up for auction on the Gold Coast, including his car, record player and more.
Personal items owned by former Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen and his wife Lady Flo are up for auction on the Gold Coast, including his car, record player and more.

For sale: Hidden treasures of Sir Joh and Lady Flo

THE rich, historic treasures owned by former Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen and his wife Lady Flo estate are up for auction - and there's massive interest, don't you worry about that.

Staff at Lloyds Auctions on the Gold Coast, who organised to display the family's memorabilia at their Carrara office, are receiving calls from throughout Australia.

A poster of Sir Joh — Bjelke-Petersen auction items from Lloyds Supplied for the Gold Coast Bulletin.
A poster of Sir Joh — Bjelke-Petersen auction items from Lloyds Supplied for the Gold Coast Bulletin.

"We've actually set up it up like a museum. It's awesome. We've had quite a few people drop by and have a look," a staffer said.

Many items are either gifts or work accessories kept from Sir Joh's 19-year reign as Premier.

The family, in a statement, believed the timing was right. Sir Joh died in April 2005. Lady Flo was 97 when she died in December 2017.

Sir Joh’s briefcase — Bjelke-Petersen auction items from Lloyds Supplied for the Gold Coast Bulletin
Sir Joh’s briefcase — Bjelke-Petersen auction items from Lloyds Supplied for the Gold Coast Bulletin

"We have come to the end of the era of Joh and Flo's partnership in which they achieved so much for both Queensland and Australia during their political careers," the family said.

 

WHEN SIR JOH BJELKE-PETERSEN WENT TO WAR WITH UNIONS

 

 

"Therefore as a family we have decided to allow the sale of Dad and Mum's collection which has been in their home at Bethany for many years.

Sir Joh’s desk — Bjelke-Petersen auction items from Lloyds Supplied for the Gold Coast Bulletin.
Sir Joh’s desk — Bjelke-Petersen auction items from Lloyds Supplied for the Gold Coast Bulletin.

"We are sure those who acquire items from this collection will honour and treasure them as much as our whole family has."

 

WHAT TODAY'S POLITICIANS CAN LEARN FROM SIR JOH

 

The auction will feature Sir Joh's personal desk and his briefcase which he used daily as Premier, hand-signed campaign posters and his 1982 Jaguar Saloon.

Sir Joh’s car, a 1982 Jaguar — Bjelke-Petersen auction items from Lloyds Supplied for the Gold Coast Bulletin
Sir Joh’s car, a 1982 Jaguar — Bjelke-Petersen auction items from Lloyds Supplied for the Gold Coast Bulletin

Collectors will be able to perfect Lady Flo's famous pumpkin scone recipe - it is inscribed on a ceramic soup spoon.

Lloyds Auctions chief operations Lee Hames is pleased but not surprised by the response.

The former Premier’s old record player — Bjelke-Petersen auction items from Lloyds Supplied for the Gold Coast Bulletin
The former Premier’s old record player — Bjelke-Petersen auction items from Lloyds Supplied for the Gold Coast Bulletin

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

Mr Hames nominates a 1969 hand-signed post moon-landing world tour luncheon schedule as one of the headline pieces.

The post moon landing world tour luncheon — Bjelke-Petersen auction items from Lloyds Supplied for the Gold Coast Bulletin
The post moon landing world tour luncheon — Bjelke-Petersen auction items from Lloyds Supplied for the Gold Coast Bulletin

The signatures include Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and then Prime Minister John Gorton.

The auction features original oil paintings of Sir Joh by Australian artist and Archibald Prize Winner William Dargie and Pro Hart, along with autographed campaign posters.

 

Former Queensland Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen & wife Lady Flo at their
Former Queensland Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen & wife Lady Flo at their "Bethany" farm house in Kingaroy 28/09/99.

 

"The community 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," Mr Hames said.

 

CLIVE PALMER ENTERS GOLD COAST ELECTION FIGHT

 

Other items that feature in the auction include historical and nautical items, silverware, homewares, glassware, clothing, crockery, art, maps, music and books.

One of the oil paintings — Bjelke-Petersen auction items from Lloyds Supplied for the Gold Coast Bulletin
One of the oil paintings — Bjelke-Petersen auction items from Lloyds Supplied for the Gold Coast Bulletin

Sir Joh's signed memoir Don't You Worry About That is expected to fetch more than $500, and his desk more than $2100. His leather briefcase is valued at $2100. Bidding online will continue for the next four days.

Originally published as For sale: Hidden treasures of Sir Joh and Lady Flo


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