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The Centre aims to facilitate access to published and unpublished information for the period up to the 1850s, which represents an era of intercultural encounters.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

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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Agnes Wilson

1832 - 1918

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LAtest news and events

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

HGRC Visiting Fellow Janis Hanley

August 21st, 2021
Ipswich was once the heart of Queensland’s thriving woollen manufacturing industry, from 1875 to 1983. The mills were the largest employers of women in Ipswich. The industry’s demise was a shock to Ipswich and signalled the devastating the loss of industry for this manufacturing city. This project traces the origins of the mills in pre-1860s […] Read more

Subaltern Officers of Moreton Bay

June 23rd, 2021
The Queensland State Archives in conjunction with Griffith University’s Harry Gentle Resource Centre presented a seminar on 10 June 2021, with Visiting Fellow, Rod Pratt, discussing his research on the junior officers who served at Moreton Bay, and whose roles have been mostly eclipsed by their better known commanding officers. Listen here. Read more

Domestic ‘forts’ in frontier wars

May 31st, 2021
Heather Burke, Ray Kerkhove, Lynley Wallis, Bryce Barker & Cathy Keys, ‘Nervous Nation: fear, conflict and narratives of fortified domestic architecture on the Queensland frontier,’ Aboriginal History Vol. 40 (2020), pp.22-52. Colonists’ fear of retaliation by the Aboriginal peoples whose traditional lands they had forcibly dispossessed manifested itself in domestic defensive strategies across Queensland. This […] Read more

HGRC QSA seminar 10 June 2021

May 29th, 2021
“In support of the Commandants: subaltern officers of the Moreton Bay settlement, 1824-1850”. Hear Griffith University Visiting Fellow, Rod Pratt, discuss his research on the junior officers who served at Moreton Bay and whose roles have been mostly eclipsed by their better known commanding officers. The seminar will run from 12.30 to 1.30 pm on […] 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