dedicated to the study of
the peoples and lands of
Australia, initially focusing
on the area that became
Queensland in 1859.

The Centre aims to facilitate access to published and unpublished information for the period up to the 1850s, which represents an era of intercultural encounters. It seeks to document particularly the lives and experiences of those persons, groups and organisations that have not been the subject of historical investigation by collating an inventory of the diversity and claims on country that made up the early colonial period. This includes Indigenous diplomats and resisters, interpreters and guides, convicts and free-born, shipwrecks and settlers, religious and military – the whole range of contributors to a new era.

Latest Projects

Rev Edward Griffith - Source: State Library of Queensland, Image number 34459

Queensland resident biographies pre-1859

The core work of the centre is the collating of biographies of residents of Queensland before 1859 for public access.

Latest BIOGRAPHIES

Jane Burnside

1823 - 1910

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John Prentice

1828 - 1861

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Honora Bagnall nee Geary

1809 - 1868

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Arthur Edward Halloran

1816 - 1890

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Thomas John Domville Taylor

c.1817 - 1889

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LAtest news and events

Newly Digitised Indigenous Resources

November 7th, 2021
Many wonderful Indigenous resources have been digitised recently and are available online. Join Dr Hilda Maclean online on 17 November 2021 at 7.30 pm to learn about the material which can be accessed from home for free and what it tells us about Indigenous communities and their histories. Register here. Read more

RHSQ Lecture Series

November 5th, 2021
Making a Fresh Start: Tasmanian Female Ex-Convicts in Free Settlement Queensland. Jan Richardson is a is a PhD candidate in the School of Humanities, Law and Social Sciences at Griffith University. She is also a Research Assistant at the Harry Gentle Resource Centre in the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research at Griffith University. […] Read more

Visiting Fellowships on Offer

October 25th, 2021
The HGRC invite applications from innovative scholars in a discipline relevant to digital history or the creative arts to join us for a period as Visiting Fellow, and contribute to the aims of the Harry Gentle Resource Centre. An honorarium of $7,500 is attached to each fellowship. Applications close Friday 12 November 2021.     Read more

HGRC QSA Seminar

October 6th, 2021
Join Assoc Professor Lynley Wallis at the Queensland State Archives on Thursday 21 October at 12.30pm for a presentation titled ‘Understanding Queensland’s Native Mounted Police: A free online database to help communities research and understand the lives and work of an infamous police force’. You can register for this free event here. Read more

PHA Online Conference 18-19 September

September 15th, 2021
History Transmitted: Connect – Consider – Challenge Registrations are still open for an online conference for professional historians, to be held Saturday 18 September – Sunday 19 September 2021. The key note speaker is Professor Melanie Nolan, Director of the National Centre of Biography at the Australian National University, and General Editor of the Australiian […] Read more

Harry Gentle Fellowships

We offer generous programs for innovative scholars in any discipline relevant to digital history, to aid the research of our centre.

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Robert Henry (Harry) Gentle

The Harry Gentle Resource Centre was created from a generous bequest of Griffith University alumnus Harry Gentle, who sadly passed away, aged 95, in 2015. His wish was for Griffith University to form a digital resource centre dedicated to the study of the lands and people of Australia, prior to 1859. We are honoured to fulfil his wishes.

Harry Gentle’s Biography