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Domestic ‘forts’ in frontier wars

May 31st, 2021
Heather Burke, Ray Kerkhove, Lynley Wallis, Bryce Barker & Cathy Keys, ‘Nervous Nation: fear, conflict and narratives of fortified domestic architecture on the Queensland frontier,’ Aboriginal History Vol. 40 (2020), pp.22-52. Colonists’ fear of retaliation by the Aboriginal peoples whose traditional lands they had forcibly dispossessed manifested itself in domestic defensive strategies across Queensland. This […] Read more

HGRC QSA seminar 10 June 2021

May 29th, 2021
“In support of the Commandants: subaltern officers of the Moreton Bay settlement, 1824-1850”. Hear Griffith University Visiting Fellow, Rod Pratt, discuss his research on the junior officers who served at Moreton Bay and whose roles have been mostly eclipsed by their better known commanding officers. The seminare will run from 12.30 to 1.30 pm on […] Read more

Collective Memory and Memorial in an Urban Space: Queens Park and Cunningham’s Knoll, Ipswich

April 13th, 2021
This project conducts historical fieldwork by visiting and walking through localities and heritage sites relevant to convict Moreton Bay and the commandant Patrick Logan. In July 2020 I made the first of these field visits and drove to Queen’s Park and Cunningham’s Knoll in Ipswich. My findings, in the case of the Queen’s Park and […] Read more

The Queensland Native Mounted Police Research Database

March 19th, 2021
The Queensland Native Mounted Police operated between 1849 and 1904. It was organised along paramilitary lines, consisting of detachments of Aboriginal troopers led by white officers. It operated across the whole of Queensland and was explicitly constituted to protect the lives, livelihoods and property of settlers and to prevent (and punish) any Aboriginal aggression or […] Read more

Museum of Lands, Mapping and Surveying

February 10th, 2021
A visit to the Museum of Lands, Mapping and Surveying is well worthwhile. Located at 317 Edward Street, Brisbane the museum collects and exhibits material relating to the surveying of Queensland and the maps created. The museum is open Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 4 pm and is closed on public holidays. Admission […] Read more

Honora Bagnall biography

January 18th, 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 5 years transportation to Moreton […] Read more

John Domville Taylor and the early days on the Downs

January 5th, 2021
Listen to Visiting Fellow Timothy Roberts’ talk on ‘John Domville Taylor and the early days on the Downs’, given at the Royal Historical Society of Queensland in December 2020, via this link. Read more

Webinar: Family history and the future of co-production and collaboration

December 4th, 2020
Join Associate Professor Tanya Evans and a range of scholars who have worked on family histories or with family historians, to hear about their research and its impact. This free webinar on 17 Dec 2020, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, is presented by the Macquarie University Centre for Applied History. To register for this event […] Read more

Commissioner of Crown Lands, Arthur Edward Halloran

December 2nd, 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 fulfilling his many responsibilities both […] Read more

19th century police officer service histories now online

November 24th, 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 details; death and burial data. This […] Read more