Australian South Sea Islanders in Queensland

This article by Prof. Clive Moore was originally published on the Queensland State Archives website, November 2013. Over a period of 40 years from the early 1860s, tens of thousands of Pacific Islanders worked on Queensland plantations. They were often underpaid, treated harshly and many died, yet they contributed greatly to the growing state and […]

War census and Protector of Aboriginals records

Discovering archival records can throw up as many questions as answers. When staff from the Community and Personal Histories section (Department of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs) located and indexed aboriginal census returns we knew this to be a treasure trove of information, but the questions started: Were these stand alone lists […]

Queensland Police Service and last police tracker, Coen

Established on 1 January 1864, the Queensland Police Force is celebrating 150 years of service. Since the inception of Queensland and the Police Service, local trackers have been employed, initially to assist troopers and later Queensland Police officers. The hunting skills of Aboriginal trackers and their ability to find food and water were utilised by the Queensland Police […]