News and Events

Honora Bagnall biography

January 18, 2021

Honora Bagnall, nee Geary, was born around 1809 in Connough, Galway, Ireland. Under a sentence of seven years transportation to NSW for stealing three pigs. She arrived in Sydney on 27 September 1831. Honora married William Bagnall on 11 May 1835 and on 19 Oct 1835 she was sentenced to… Read More

Commissioner of Crown Lands, Arthur Edward Halloran

December 2, 2020

Arthur Edward Halloran emigrated to NSW from England in 1828. He was appointed as Commissioner of Crown Lands for the Wide Bay District in 1853 and later became Commissioner of Crown Lands for the combined Wide Bay and Burnett District. His official correspondence reveals that he was a diligent administrator… Read More

19th century police officer service histories now online

November 24, 2020

The Queensland Police Museum has made available 25 officer service histories, 20 of which are pre-1900 officers, via eHive. The information kept on each officer can include biographical data; entry and separation dates; lists of rank attainment; station transfers plus other data such as reward and award information; family… Read More

Zion Hill Mission

November 19, 2020

In transcribing sources from the archive of the German missionaries at Nundah, HGRC visiting fellow, Dr Annemarie McLaren, has added further insight into the missionaries’ activities between 1838 when the mission was established, and 1848 when it was disbanded. This project, in making key primary material from this period more… Read More

Early settler and artist Thomas John Domville Taylor

October 31, 2020

Thomas John Domville Taylor was one of the earliest settlers on the Darling Downs. While living and working in Queensland, Taylor made several sketches of the country around him, these being some of the earliest visual records of colonial life on the Downs. Read his biography and view a… Read More


October 23, 2020

View HGRC visiting fellow Jan Richardson’s QSA talk titled ‘Offenders, Paupers and ‘Pioneers’: Convict Women and their Families in pre-Separation Queensland here. Read More

Qld history eresources website

October 15, 2020

Our resources page contains links to online resources that may be helpful with your research. Historian Thom Blake’s Queensland history eresources website covers the extent of online resources specifically on Queensland history. Some are well known, but there are plenty of obscure sites with interesting material on Queensland. Read More

QSA talk with Jan Richardson, HGRC Visiting Fellow

October 8, 2020

Join us on Thursday, 22 October from 10.30 am Qld time, for an online QSA talk, ‘Offenders, paupers and “pioneers”: Convict women and their families in pre-Separation Queensland’, presented by HGRC Visiting Fellow, Jan Richardson. Jan discusses her research on female convicts and ex-convicts who arrived in Moreton Bay after… Read More

HGRC welcomes Visiting Fellows

September 2, 2020

The HGRC is delighted to announce the appointment of its 2020 Visiting Fellows. Congratulations to Jan Richardson, Rodney Pratt and Dr Michael Farrell who will join us for 12 months as they undertake exciting and innovative research. Building on her MPhil thesis, historian Jan Richardson will create a database of… Read More

QSA Reading Room Reopening

July 13, 2020

The Queensland State Archive reading room is now open from 9am to 12.30pm or 1.30pm to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.  Monthly Saturday openings will start from Saturday 8 August 2020. Bookings are required before attending the reading room. Read more about the COVID-19 measures introduced at QSA. Read More

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