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. […]

Part 5: Key Legislation for Land Selections since 1860, summarised

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. CROWN LANDS ALIENATION ACT 1860: Land was open to selection at the fixed price of one £1 per acre in agricultural reserves on […]

A Gem in the collection – Royal Irish Constabulary

One of the many enjoyable activities of an archivist is finding gems in the collection such as rare photos, personal mementos or evidence of private memberships and professional associations. For us, serendipity unearthed this gem! It’s an original certificate for Constable William Murphy who was formerly a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and […]

The Aramac Tramway

The Tramways Act of 1882 allowed companies and local authorities to operate tramways. As well as municipal street tramways, it allowed the construction of what were rural railways in all but name. The rural “tramways” were usually constructed to less stringent standards than the Queensland Government Railways to reduce the cost of construction and operation.

Pigeons catch the train home

At the end of World War II, repatriating and demobilising the Australian military was a huge and challenging logistical task. There was a large variety of military equipment needing to be shifted, including 530 army pigeons that needed to be returned from Canungra, Queensland,  to their original civilian owners in New South Wales, Victoria or […]