dedicated to the study of
the peoples and lands of
Australia, initially focusing
on early 19th century
Queensland.

The Centre aims to facilitate access to published and unpublished information for early colonial Queensland, which represents an era of intercultural encounters.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 JOL SLQ

Life stories of early 19th century Queenslanders

The core work of the centre is the collating of life stories of residents of early colonial Queensland.

Latest BIOGRAPHIES

Mary Brown

ca. 1805 - 1844

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William Audy

ca. 1811 - 1868

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Ann Unwin

ca. 1787 -

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Benedict Vengeur

ca. 1804 - 1897

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Elizabeth Fitzpatrick

ca. 1813 - 1879

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LAtest news and events

Museums of History NSW

December 5th, 2022
The Sydney Living Museums and the NSW State Archives are becoming the Museums of History NSW (MHNSW). MHNSW formed by the coming together of the vast collection held by the NSW State Archives (SARA), one of Australia’s pre-eminent archives and records authorities, and the 12 museums and associated collections cared for by Sydney Living Museums […] Read more

QSA Talks – The Artemisia

October 6th, 2022
Griffith University Visiting Fellow Dr Dorothy (Dot) Wickham discusses her research into The Artemisia: the first immigrant ship of free settlers from England. The Artemisia’s maiden voyage arrived in Brisbane’s Moreton Bay area in mid-December 1848, with a passenger count of around 240 men, women, and children. In this talk, Dorothy will discuss how she has […] Read more

AFFHO Congress on Norfolk Island

August 30th, 2022
Dr Lee Butterworth, Research Fellow at HGRC, delivered a talk on the forthcoming Harry Gentle Resource Centre Dictionary of Biography at the recent Australasian Federation of Family History Associations (AFFHO) Congress 2022, held on Norfolk Island in August. Great interest was shown in the ‘Dictionary’, with a number of attendees volunteering to share their family […] Read more

Sands of Time Local & Family History Conference

August 18th, 2022
History Redcliffe is partnering with History Queensland to host the 4th Queensland State, Local and Family History Conference at the Redcliffe Dolphins Leagues Club on Friday 21 October to Sunday 23 October. Guest speakers include Jennifer Harrison, Shauna Hicks and Michelle Patient. The conference will feature a wide variety of interesting speakers and topics, DNA […] Read more

Vale Rod Pratt

July 4th, 2022
It is with great sadness that the HGRC team learnt of the sudden passing of our past visiting fellow, Rod Pratt, on Thursday 23 June 2022. Rod was a visiting fellow with the Centre from July 2020 to October 2021. He was extremely generous in sharing with the HGRC his research of over 30 years into […] 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 early 19th century Australia. We are honoured to fulfil his wishes.

Harry Gentle’s Biography