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QSA Reading Room Reopening

July 13th, 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 29th, 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 Queensland coast; followed by visual […] Read more

Visiting Fellowships

June 11th, 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 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

HGRC hosts Indyana Horobin under HURIP

February 18th, 2020
Indyana Horobin was awarded a research internship by the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science (HLSS) as part of the 2019-2020 Humanities Undergraduate Research Intern Program (HURIP), and completed a short-term internship with the Harry Gentle Resource Centre (HGRC) which is affiliated with the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research (GCSCR). Internships provide […] Read more

Queensland Maritime Museum Exhibition

January 19th, 2020
Queensland Maritime Museum’s exhibition, The Land and Dreams … Over the Seas to Queensland, explores the history of immigration to our State covering the first free British settlers, to those immigrants of all nationalities fleeing war torn Europe. Learn about their personal journeys as you explore artefacts like ships, sea chests, diaries and photographs and […] Read more