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Melissa Fagan at Brisbane Square Library

February 2nd, 2019
Brisbane Square Library is hosting an event with Melissa Fagan, Sunday 10 February 11am-12noon as she discusses her book, What Will Be worn: A McWhirters Story, about the iconic department store in Fortitude Valley. For all who know Brisbane, McWhirters, a once celebrated department store in Fortitude Valley, is an icon. For Melissa Fagan, it is […] Read more

Self-Service Digitisation Trial at National Archives

February 2nd, 2019
The Queensland Office of the National Archives is testing the feasibility of allowing self-service digitisation of selected records by the public in a controlled reading room environment. The service being trialled in the Queensland Reading Room only, until 30 April 2019. A flyer with details of the service can be found here. Read more

Timothy Roberts’ new publication on Rose Blakemore

February 2nd, 2019
Timothy Roberts is an art historian specialising in Australian art heritage before 1945. Tim has recently consolidated three years of research in a new paper “Portrait of an artist: rediscovering Rose Blakemore, published in the February 2019 edition of Australiana. The test expands upon a presentation Tim made to the Queensland Women’s Historical Association in 2016, […] Read more

The History Behind the Horseshoe

February 2nd, 2019
Author and historian, Peter Ludlow, will be presenting to the newly formed Redlands branch of the National Trust an updated presentation of his recent work The History Behind the Horseshoe (2019). Peter will highlight Peel Island’s history including pre-European occupation, its use by Europeans as a quarantine station, inebriate home, and lazaret (leprosarium), and in […] Read more

Australian Journal of Biography and History

February 2nd, 2019
The Australian Journal of Biography and History is an initiative of the National Centre of Biography (NCB) in the Research School of Social Sciences at The Australian National University. The journal seeks to promote the study of biography in Australia. Articles that appear in the journal are lively, engaging and provocative, and are intended to […] Read more

Frontier Conflicts in South-East Queensland updated

November 15th, 2018
Dr Ray Kerkhove has updated his project, Mapping Frontier Conflict in South-East Queensland. Containing additional historical information and maps, Ray’s project is a valuable addition to the scholarship on Aboriginal resistance against white settlement in SE Queensland. You can access Mapping Frontier Conflict in South-East Queensland Here Read more

Visit to Wolston House

September 18th, 2018
Located on the east bank of the Brisbane River in the suburb Wacol is the historial Wolston House, a heritage-listed residential farmhouse from the nineteenth century. At the end of August, our research team visited the house as it represents a unique historic site that documents life in the beginning of free settlement in the […] Read more

Biography of Patrick Shea (1834 – 1916)

September 18th, 2018
Read about Patrick Shea, who arrived in Queensland in 1858 and first settled at Pilton. He later moved to Drayton, then Southbrook, where he took up Rockmount Station. Patrick milked a small dairy herd and travelled to Toowoomba by horse and cart up to three times a week to deliver hand made butter. He and […] Read more

HGRC presents at Brisbane History Group seminar

July 20th, 2018
The Brisbane History Group is holding a seminar, History in the Digital Age,  on Saturday July 21 2018 at the Ship Inn function room. Professor Mark Finnane and Dr Lee Butterworth will speak about the Harry Gentle Resource Centre – its background, goals and future direction. Access the seminar program here BHG Seminar. Read more

Read About Queensland Land Commissioners

July 20th, 2018
Read about the significant impact of the Crown Lands Commissioners on land policies and practices, the administration of justice, the treatment of Indigenous people and the formation of regional communities surrounding Moreton Bay settlement after it was opened to free settlers in 1842. Access Dr Margaret Shield’s project here. Read more