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Welcome to the Queensland Page for the Australian State and Colony of Queensland.


Queensland Team

Team Leader: David Urquhart concentrating on people and places in the area of the Burdekin River in Queensland, shipwrecks and cyclones in the area.

Team members:

Please join us. Since we are a part of the Australia Project, you must join the Australia Project first. You can then add Queensland to your list of followed|tags and David will add your name to this list.

Queensland History (very brief)

From 1829 to 1859 'Queensland' was a district or districts of the Colony of New South Wales. During this time, the Moreton Bay District was a penal settlement for incorrigible, repeat offenders until 1842. It then began to open-up to agricultural pursuits. The term used today to describe the period is Pre-Separation.

Queensland Day is officially celebrated on 6th June as the birthday of Queensland as it was on this day in 1859 that Queen Victoria gave her approval and signed the Letters Patent for a colony separate to New South Wales, of which the Moreton Bay Settlement had been part since 1829. It was the Queen who selected the name, Queen's Land (as she had six years earlier for Victoria). On the same day, an Order-in-Council gave Queensland its own Constitution, its own Governor, a nominated Legislative Council and an elected Legislative Assembly.Wikipedia:Queensland

On 10th December 1859, Queensland's first Governor and his wife, Sir George and Lady Bowen (nee Contessa Diamantina di Roma), arrived in Brisbane to a civic reception in the Botanic Gardens. He was 'sworn-in' by Queensland's first judge, Judge Alfred Lutwyche. Bowen officially marked the historic occasion of separation by reading a proclamation from the verandah of the temporary government house, Adelaide House (now the Deanery of St John's Cathedral, Ann Street, Brisbane). Accompanying the Bowens on the voyage was his private secretary, Robert Herbert, who would be appointed Queensland's first Premier. After Brisbane, Ipswich and Rockhampton were gazetted as towns in 1860, with Maryborough and Warwick being likewise the following year. Brisbane was linked by electric telegraph to Sydney in 1861. Townsville was gazetted as a town in 1865. James Nash's discovery of gold at Gympie was invaluable to the nascent Queensland colony, saving it from bankruptcy. Richard Daintree's explorations also led to several goldfields being developed in North Queensland in the late 1860s. In 1883, Queensland's population passed the 250,000 mark and 500,000 in 1900.

The Colony of Queensland became a State when it joined the federation of Great Britain's six Australian Colonies on 1st January 1901 (the date that Queen Victoria gave her approval to an Act of Parliament and signed the Letters Patent), forming the Commonwealth of Australia. Brisbane was proclaimed as Queensland's first city in 1902.

Queensland Team To-Do List

When working with profiles of individuals associated with Queensland:

  • Create new profiles after you've done your best to ensure it is not a duplicate.
    • If you discover it is a duplicate after its been created, initiate a merge into the lower-numbered profile.
  • Identify and merge any duplicates
    • Clean up after the merge to ensure the profile remains accurate and meets our Project Standards.
  • Work with other Teams if you find a profile that needs their attention.
  • Review existing profiles and help bring them up to Project Standard.
  • Add relevant categories and/or stickers to profiles, as appropriate. If you are unsure, contact the Categories Team for help.


These templates can be used on profiles by copy the text including brackets and pasting directly under the biography heading on a profile, and this will result in the corresponding image.

{{Australia Sticker|Queensland}}

Queensland flag
... ... ... was born in Queensland, Australia

{{Notables Sticker|Australia, Notables}}

Notables Project
... ... ... is Notable.

{{Australia Born in Colony|colony=Colony of Queensland}}

... ... ... was born in the Colony of Queensland (1859-1900)

{{Explorers of Australia}}

A compass.
... ... ... was an Australian explorer.

{{Australia Came Free|colony=Colony of Queensland}}

... ... ... came free to the Colony of Queensland (1859-1900)

Specific Queensland Goals

  • to bring together WikiTreers with an interest in Queensland families to share resources and help with research.
  • to add Places and People to the Category page.
  • to add pioneers responsible for making Queensland great, many of whom are not on Wikipedia.
  • to create Free Space pages for places, events and other topics of genealogical interest pertaining to Queensland.
  • to create and improve profiles of notable Queenslanders, for instance, those listed on Queensland's 150 Icons, such as:

Queensland Free Space Pages

Queensland Categories

Queensland Research Resources

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Maryborough Family Heritage Research Institute Inc. via web site Treeroots: accessed 21 Mar 2023

2023 marks the 140th anniversary of the arrival of the following immigrant ships in Maryborough:

The MFHRI would like to make contact with any descendants of the passengers on these ships and are hoping to gather stories of the families of these passengers. The stories will be included in a book about the ship and its passengers. (see their web site)

posted by Mike Larsen
edited by Mike Larsen
I enter them as needed. I think someone else also cleans them up (thanks).

You have to add "Queensland Places" as the parent category. I also add a link to the Wikipedia entry for the location.

posted by Peter Kane
I'm wondering who is responsible for creation of queensland town and suburb categories? or can I add missing ones when I need them?
posted by Ro Hull
You can create them yourself, using the parent category "Queensland, Places" and adding the Category Info Box as content, see this category

Otherwise, you are more than welcome to add a request to our Australia Project page and we will create the categories for you.

posted by Margaret (Gale) Haining
edited by Margaret (Gale) Haining