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The Centre aims to facilitate access to published and unpublished information for the period up to the 1850s, which represents an era of intercultural encounters.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

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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

Elizabeth Fitzpatrick

ca. 1813 - 1879

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Emanuel Antonio

ca. 1797 -

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Boonooroo

- 1861

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Johnny Dinn

1830 -

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Mary Keating

ca. 1834 - 1883

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LAtest news and events

QSA Talks: ‘Woollen threads’

June 7th, 2022
Join HGRC Visiting Fellow Janis Hanley at the Queensland State Archives on Thursday 16 June at 12.00pm for a presentation titled ‘Woollen Threads’ exploring the heritage of the woollen textile industry in Ipswich from the 1850s to the 1870s. Register to attend this free talk in person at the QSA premises at Runcorn or via […] Read more

Moreton Bay History Seminar

April 15th, 2022
This year’s Moreton Bay History Seminar, organised by Moreton Bay Regional Council, explores the discovery, preservation and importance of history in the Moreton Bay region. The all-day event at Morayfield on Thursday 19 May includes presentations by respected guest speakers and stalls from the region’s historical groups and societies. Speakers include Dr Ray Kerkhove, Dr […] Read more

Capt. Patrick Logan’s coatee

March 17th, 2022
The full dress coatee of Captain Patrick Logan is part of the online collection of the National Army Museum in London. Captain Logan, 57th (West Middlesex) Regiment of Foot, was Commandant of the Moreton Bay penal settlement from 1826 until his death at the hands of Aborigines while undertaking a survey of the territory. Military […] Read more

George John Arnold Mackenzie Cameron

March 4th, 2022
George John Arnold Mackenzie Cameron was an Ensign in the British army who served at the Moreton Bay penal settlement from November 1848 to July 1850. He retired from the army in 1852 while residing in Brisbane and married Maria Feeney in July 1858 at Ipswich. In March 1865 the Camerons boarded the Fiery Star […] Read more

The Military at Moreton Bay, 1824-1850

February 21st, 2022
HGRC Visiting Fellow, Rod Pratt, has spent over 30 years researching the role of the military in Queensland and has led him to author and co-author almost fifty journal articles, books and book chapters. As a Visiting Fellow with the HGRC, Rod’s research on the British Army at Moreton Bay, 1824 – 1850 has contributed […] 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