Activities at the Queensland State Archives

Activities at the Queensland State Archives

‘Birdcage of the Bay: St Helena Island prison’
The Queensland State Archives has a free exhibition titled ‘Birdcage of the Bay: St Helena Island Prison’ running until 12 October 2019. Explore a virtual reality recreation of the St Helena Prison stockade, discover original artefacts from the island, or try and solve the life-size prison doors puzzle. Read more

Stop motion studio
On Tuesday 25 September 2019 a ‘Stop Motion’ drop-in workshop will operate to teach the basics of stop motion animation. Ipswich-based print and digital artist Bec Lewis will take you on a journey of storytelling and instruct you on how to create your own stop-motion film. Read more

Brisbane Open House
Go behind the scenes where nearly 200 years of Queensland history is kept. As part of Brisbane Open House, QSA is offering free hourly tours on Saturday 12 October 2019. Starting from the exhibition space, guests will be guided through the repositories, conservation laboratory and digital scanning facilities. Read more

 

Latest news and events

Timothy Roberts – QSA & HGRC June seminar

May 28th, 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 with artists who were inspired […] Read more

James and Agnes Wilson, Allora

May 11th, 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 stories here. Read more

Who was Sigma?

April 3rd, 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 cattle. His occupations included, farmer, […] Read more

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

February 21st, 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 Queensland in 1848. Go to […] Read more

New Projects Published

February 19th, 2020
Read about lesser known early expeditions in south-east Queensland and mapping Native Police patrols in our newly published projects. Read more