Where are they …? – Queensland land surveys

Finding a home for more than 250, 000 archival records sounds daunting, doesn’t it? This was the task at hand when the Land Centre on Vulture St at Woolloongabba closed. Never known to balk at a challenge, the Queensland State Archives’ transfers team worked diligently through 2017 and 2018 to get these records safely stored […]

“He was a fine boy”

The following transcript is of a letter written by Michael Arbuthnot Fraser on the 12th November 1916. “Dear Mr Sigley Tell Mrs S I got her first letter & the last one & I don’t know how I can thank her for her thoughtfulness in having my clothes attended to for I am sure they […]

Masonic Records in the Archives

My Dad was a Freemason, just like his dad and his dad before that. Back we go through the generations and various Lodge records held in Queensland, New South Wales, Ireland and Scotland that document the membership of my forebears for more than 150 years in this unique society once considered a Secret Society. Times […]

Silhouettes in the sky: Glass House Mountains

“Each stands in gloomy isolation, silent and alone. One mighty mass of rock stands facing the railway line, cliff fronted, savage, defiant, towering majestically into the clear blue sky, the wild rough stone face all scarred and caverned by the rains and tempests of ten thousand years.” – Archibald Mason, Queensland Railway And Tourists Guide, […]

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 […]

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 […]