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 […]

“A machine gun added its significant voice”: The Fallen on the Western Front

March 1916 and the Australian Imperial Force had arrived in France, within four months they would find themselves at the centre of the conflict taking place on the Western Front. The 5th Division was the first to engage with the German military, taking part in a bloody engagement at Fromelles in Northern France on 19 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Stumbling block or stepping stone: researching the Boyneside Soldier Settlement and success factors in World War I soldier settlement

There’s nothing better than a day at the Queensland State Archives (QSA). I have been delving into their records for a number of years for family history research, and have unearthed some fascinating stories in unexpected places.  In 2013 I undertook a major research project as partial fulfilment of the requirements of a Graduate Diploma […]