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State funeral for business and political titan Sir Llew Edwards


Former deputy premier and Expo 88 Chairman Sir Llew Edwards will be honoured with a state funeral to be held at Brisbane’s St John’s Cathedral next Thursday.

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COVID restrictions will mean limited numbers of guests will be able to attend the ceremony but it will be livestreamed via the cathedral’s website and a large screen will be set up in the cathedral’s forecourt for members of the public.

Sir Llew died on Wednesday after a long battle with dementia, his family by his side. He was 85.

A former Liberal party leader and acclaimed state treasurer, Sir Llew left politics to be appointed chair and CEO of World Expo 88, often described as a turning point in Brisbane’s growth as a city.

He was also highly active in corporate life, serving as a Director of Westpac Banking Corporation, James Hardie Industries, Greyhound Australia and other national publicly and privately listed companies.

His family has asked that in lieu of flowers, mourners consider donating to the Ipswich Grammar and Bursary Fund.


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