What’s in a name? Mostyn Hanger

Our recent What’s in a Name blog covered some of the many unusual and intriguing names we find in the Archives, and looked at how a name can lead us on a merry trail to discover the stories hiding in the records. Stories that shed light not only on the individual but also Queensland’s past. […]

Biography of an archive

Many of the sites and buildings that have housed Queensland government records have an important connection to the history of Brisbane.  Many buildings are heritage listed and  we have records about them in our collection. The Queensland State Archives building, along with some related sites it has been associated with in the past are open […]

Henry Jordan and the Tides of Immigration 1865-1890

A researcher’s account by Dr Hugo Ree, PhD. FRCP I am a retired physician with experience in the field of tropical medicine. I came to Queensland with my family in 1987 to take over the post of government leprologist on the retirement of Dr Douglas Russell. I first came to the Queensland State Archives some […]

What’s in a name? An Archivist’s personal perspective

Recently Queensland State Archives hosted the Loveday Finn seminar at Strathpine Library for members of the Strathpine Local History group. The Loveday Finn story is a family history case study following records and indexes available at QSA and other agencies across Queensland and New South Wales. The seminar sprung to life when I happened upon […]

New Index to Indigence Cases 1899-1948

Queensland State Archives recently released a new index titled Indigence Cases 1899-1948 which provides an easy way to search for recipients of the Indigence Allowance for this period. This index was completed in partnership with the Communities and Personal Histories unit (DATSIP). So what is an Indigence Allowance? In 1897 the allowance became available to […]

Reclaiming identity, place and story: Aboriginal records

On Tuesday 21 August 2012, the Australian Society of Archivists hosted the Loris Williams Annual Lecture at State Library of Queensland. Guest speaker Dr Jackie Huggins, a close associate of the late Loris Williams and her family for decades, delivered that year’s lecture. The theme was ‘Reclaiming Identity, Place and Story: Aboriginal and Torres Strait […]

Anatomy of a Record

Every now and then in our collection we come across a record that on the surface has one purpose and delivers one message but on closer inspection much more can be seen and learnt. Such is the case with this poster created by the Queensland Intelligence and Tourist Bureau (QITB) which gives us a visual […]

The Banyo Boys 1914-1918: researching at QSA

In addition to working part time as a Senior Reference Archivist at Queensland State Archives (QSA), I also enjoy doing historical research in my spare time, and have st​rong interests in both family and local history. About three years ago, I started researching the lives of the men who were listed on the Banyo World […]