The gentleman who transformed Brisbane
Sir Llew Edwards, who oversaw Brisbane’s transformative World Expo 88, will be fondly remembered as one of “nature’s gentleman”, revered for his humanity and sincerity.
A Queensland Liberal leader during the state’s controversial Bjelke-Petersen era, Sir Llew, who has died aged 85, was widely respected on all sides of politics.
Born in 1935 in working-class Ipswich, his path towards a polical life started on a different track by working as an electrician before studying medicine at the University of Queensland.
He graduated at 27 in 1963 and went on to work in Queensland hospitals, travel overseas and then become a GP in his home town until 1971.
Sir Llew won the seat of Ipswich that year, representing the Liberal Party, and helping to form government under premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.
He quickly rose to health minister in 1974 and later continued his rise to become the deputy premier…