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banana +‎ -land, since the tropical coast of Queensland is suited to growing bananas.

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  1. (Australia, slang) Queensland.
    • 1896, Henry Lawson, Hungerford, While the Billy Boils: First Series, reprinted in [no date scanned] Poems and Stories by Henry Lawson: The Originals, Hayes Barton Press, page 30,
      The post office is in New South Wales, and the police-barracks in Bananaland.
    • 2007, Pip Wilson, Faces in the Street: Louisa and Henry Lawson and the Castlereagh Street Push[1], page 145:
      But it's ages before the news gets up north to Bananaland that the ASL has passed more motions against agitators than you can poke a stick at, especially if they agitate amongst the unemployed.
    • 2010, Graham Seal, Great Australian Stories: Legends, Yarns and Tall Tales[2], page 216:
      The recompense ‘James’ required from the Government was three miles depth of frontage along the whole route; but the representatives of the people in Bananaland thought the offer was a bit one-sided, and declined to negotiate.

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