While it is well known that the current Labor leader, The Hon Kristina Keneally was born in Las Vegas on 19 December 1968 to an American father and an Australian mother, it’s not widely known that the Premier’s mother, Catherine Nary Powell, originated from Brisbane and is the daughter of William Powell and Patricia Anderson.

Ms Keneally’s comes from a long line of Maroon heritage as her great-grandparents, Neil Anderson and Ellen Colwell, were Brisbane born and bred. Ellen Colwell was a 24-year-old bar maid when she wed Neil Anderson, a 25-year-old iron maker at St Mary’s Church, South Brisbane.

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