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

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

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 biography.

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HGRC welcomes Visiting Fellows

September 2nd, 2020
The HGRC is delighted to announce the appointment of its 2020 Visiting Fellows. Congratulations to Jan Richardson, Rodney Pratt and Dr Michael Farrell who will join us for 12 months as they undertake exciting and innovative research. Building on her MPhil thesis, historian Jan Richardson will create a database of female convicts and ex-convicts, their […] Read more

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