News and Events


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

Tim Roberts – Picturing the North, QSA presentation

June 29, 2020

Timothy Roberts, Visiting Fellow with the Harry Gentle Resource Centre, Griffith University,  illustrates some artistic highlights of pre-separation Queensland, emphasising the themes of exploration, establishment, and edification. Tim’s visual journey through Queensland’s history will begin with artists who were inspired to create work during successive waves of exploration along the… Read More

Visiting Fellowships

June 11, 2020

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. Applications close 29 June 2020. Read more. Read More

Timothy Roberts – QSA & HGRC June seminar

May 28, 2020

Have you ever wondered about how Queensland’s landscape has inspired artists? Join us online as guest speaker, Timothy Roberts, Visiting Fellow Griffith University Harry Gentle Resource Centre illustrates some artistic highlights of pre-separation Queensland, emphasising the themes of exploration, establishment, and edification. Tim’s visual journey through Queensland’s history will begin… Read More

James and Agnes Wilson, Allora

May 11, 2020

James and Agnes Wilson arrived in Queensland from Scotland on 19 September 1858, which just happened to be their 7th wedding anniversary. After spending some time working on Clifton Station, they bought land in the Allora District where they lived and farmed for the rest of their lives. Read their… Read More

Who was Sigma?

April 3, 2020

Sigma is the pen-name adopted by Henry James Symes, a colourful character who first came to Queensland in the early 1850s. Christened Henry James Hyde, Sigma adopted the surname Symes when he jumped ship in Melbourne around 1850 and shortly after made his way to the Darling Downs region droving… Read More

Read about the life of Elise Barney, Brisbane’s first postmistress

February 21, 2020

Elise Barney (nee Rivers) was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1815 and died on 5 July 1883 in Fortitude Valley, Queensland, Australia. Elise was appointed as the first full-time female postmistress at Brisbane (1855-1863), following the death of her husband Leiut. John Edward Barney. John and Elise Barney arrived in… Read More

New Projects Published

February 19, 2020

Read about lesser known early expeditions in south-east Queensland and mapping Native Police patrols in our newly published projects. Read More

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