Finding my family in the school registers

I started coming to the Queensland State Archives to look at the school admission registers and to find the dates my siblings and I started school. It was a great thrill to find the details of all four of us at our little one teacher sized school and to recall others who also attended at […]

Family history in the files

From the 50km of records at Queensland State Archives, Elizabeth Hawkins picks records about her family during the 1860s and reveals a story of financial success, ruin and tragedy.

Moreton Bay Prison’s past

Congratulations to Queensland State Archives achieving its 50 kilometre mark. All that storage – all those stories. Should Moreton Bay’s firstborn white child Amity Moreton Thompson’s application for land be selected? Despite plaintive ‘Choose me, Choose me’ urgings, a more comprehensive document has won my heart. The Chronological Register of Convicts at Moreton Bay, listing […]

A race for land

The file for the Chevy Chase Pastoral Development Lease is a favourite for its humour, its exposure of staff activity in a government office and its revelation of unrealistic and changing land values. On 6 March 1939, a ballot was held in Barcaldine to determine the successful applicant for the lease. Five men applied for the […]