The mysterious disappearance of Lionel Paul

Have you read an article on Trove and it sounds too good to be true, or just want to find out more? Well, it just so happens we might have items in the collection that can back the writers claims up (at least for Queensland based articles anyway). One of our fantastic volunteers found the […]

Building towards the Ipswich Hospital

Last year, Queensland State Archives (QSA) received a collection of correspondence records for the Ipswich Hospital which provide fascinating insight into colonial era health care and the founding of the Hospital, which is still in operation today. Colonial era hospitals were generally managed by an appointed committee rather than the government. Hospital subscribers, who paid […]

Ned Kelly, captured wounded but living!

There is an endless supply of fascinating records in the Queensland State Archives collection. Exploring the Queensland State Archives online catalogue recently, the name of Australia’s most infamous bush ranger, Ned Kelly, unexpectedly grabbed attention while searching late 19th century records. Nowadays, the majority of Australians know the name Ned Kelly or at least recognise […]

Part 4: Research uses

Land Selection & Pastoral Leases Lease Records – Series 14033 (LAN/AG) and 14050 (LAN/DF) at Queensland State Archives This series of land blogs was developed from research done by historian Ruth Kerr Land records are commonly utilized as a source for family history research as they detail the geographic location for where people’s ancestors lived […]

The Prickly Pear problem

Prickly pear was originally introduced into Queensland as a hedging plant on stations and other properties. Due to the hardiness of the plant, it began to spread over prime agricultural and grazing land and impact on the efficient use of these lands by farmers and graziers. T H B McGee, a forest ranger with the […]

Identification of the Training Farm at the Pikedale Soldiers’ Settlement

This article was submitted by Roger Willis, President, Amiens History Association, March 2018. We purchased land at Amiens 19 years ago unaware of its history. Initially we had Lot 68, a bush block suitable for weekend camping and later we acquired the adjacent Lot 64 which was an old farm. In conversations with neighbours and […]

Part 3: What some land records may contain

Land Selection & Pastoral Leases Lease Records – Series 14033 (LAN/AG) and 14050 (LAN/DF) at Queensland State Archives This series of land blogs was developed from research done by historian Ruth Kerr The land selection records at Queensland State Archives (QSA) are exciting and stimulating record series. This is because they contain enormous detail about […]

Part 2: How some land records are arranged and described

Land Selection & Pastoral Leases Lease Records – Series 14033 (LAN/AG) and 14050 (LAN/DF) at Queensland State Archives This series of land blogs was developed from research done by historian Ruth Kerr When one describes land selection as being under the LAN/AG and LAN/DF series one is referring to a multiplicity of different types of […]

The Little Digger

As the members of the No 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, sat down to enjoy their Christmas dinner in Bickendorf in 1918, they realised they had an extra and unexpected guest at the table. Little Henri, barely more than 9 years old, had wandered in from the cold by following the smell of the roasting […]

Part 1: A Brief History of land selection

Land Selection & Pastoral Leases Lease Records – Series 14033 (LAN/AG) and 14050 (LAN/DF) at Queensland State Archives This series of land blogs was developed from research done by historian Ruth Kerr The process of land selection (as opposed to sales) began in Queensland in 1860 and continued under a series of land acts thereafter. […]