11.12.05

One giant leap for Queensland

One giant leap for Queensland RECORD-breaker . . . weighing in at a healthy 3.85kg, Mia Angel Spencer officially became the state's four millionth resident early yesterday morning. Picture: Nathan Richter. Baby Mia makes it an even four million 10th December 2005 ONE tiny baby One giant leap for Queensland. Mia Angel Spencer yesterday secured her place in history by becoming Queensland's four millionth resident. Fittingly, she was born four minutes after the state's statisticians predicted the population would pass the four million mark, arriving at 3.59am in Caboolture Hospital. While Mia slept through most of her big day, father Rob Spencer and mother Paula Rutherford, of Morayfield, said the news was "still sinking in". "I said to the nurse: 'You're kidding me?' " Mr Spencer, a construction worker, said. "I was only joking about it last weekend, whether she'd be the four millionth, after reading the story in The Courier-Mail." The thing is will she go into the Guiness book of records? well I reckon it could happen; I myself thought she looked cute. and who knows with record books. Baby Mia had other ideas, even choosing to arrive two weeks before her due date. Although the couple are originally from NSW, they have certainly helped boost the Sunshine State's population. Mia, who weighed 3.85kg, is the family's sixth addition, joining Jessica, 19, Samantha, 17, Lauren, 13, Jack, 6, and Stephanie, 4. Premier Peter Beattie said parents of all babies born yesterday were eligible for a special commemorative certificate and T-shirt. "Today's milestone and our ongoing economic success makes Queensland the place to invest, work, live and play," he said. Queensland reached its first million in 1938. The second million took another 36 years, the third million just 18 years and the fourth only 13. The five millionth Queenslander is expected to arrive in September 2017.

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