Who was Sigma?

Who was Sigma?

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 cattle. His occupations included, farmer, mail carrier, pound keeper, journalist and writer. As Sigma, Henry publish a large number of poems on a diverse range of topics in the Toowoomba Chronicle between 1892 and 1907. Read more about Henry James Symes here.

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HGRC QSA Native Mounted Police Seminar

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Assoc Professor Lynley Wallis delivered a presentation at QSA on Thursday 21 October 2021  titled ‘Understanding Queensland’s Native Mounted Police: A free online database to help communities research and understand the lives and work of an infamous police force’. Access  the talk here. Read more

RHSQ Seminar Recording

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A recording of Jan Richardson’s talk, ‘Making a Fresh Start: Tasmanian Female Ex-Convicts in Free Settlement Queensland’, is now available to view on the Royal Historical Society of Queensland (RHSQ) YouTube channel. Held at the Commissariat Store Museum on 10 November 2021, Jan’s talk explores the stories of ex-convict women and their families who sought […] Read more

Newly Digitised Indigenous Resources

November 7th, 2021
Many wonderful Indigenous resources have been digitised recently and are available online. Join Dr Hilda Maclean online on 17 November 2021 at 7.30 pm to learn about the material which can be accessed from home for free and what it tells us about Indigenous communities and their histories. Register here. Read more

RHSQ Lecture Series

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Making a Fresh Start: Tasmanian Female Ex-Convicts in Free Settlement Queensland. Jan Richardson is a is a PhD candidate in the School of Humanities, Law and Social Sciences at Griffith University. She is also a Research Assistant at the Harry Gentle Resource Centre in the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research at Griffith University. […] Read more

Visiting Fellowships on Offer

October 25th, 2021
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. An honorarium of $7,500 is attached to each fellowship. Applications close Friday 12 November 2021.     Read more