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 […]

The Queensland Woollen Manufacturing Company

2018 marks the tenth anniversary of the Queensland Woollen Manufacturing Company woollen mill being listed on the Queensland Heritage Register because of its significance in the history of manufacturing in Queensland. When asked “are you aware of any circumstances … which would render it expedient to place the ship and people in quarantine?” the Health […]

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 […]

Arson, Strikes and Murder: Queensland’s Supreme Court

This article, by Dr Shirleene Robinson, was originally published on the Queensland State Archives website, November 2012. Throughout its history, Queensland’s Supreme court has played a central role in the administration of justice in the state. It has heard some of the most notorious legal cases in Queensland’s history. It was founded on 7 August […]

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 Meston, 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

Early in the 20th century, huge swathes of land in Queensland and New South Wales had been rendered unsuitable for farming due to an infestation of the prickly pear cactus. Prickly pear plants were prized as a food source for cochineal insects, which produced a bright red dye when crushed. In the late 18th century, […]

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 […]