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Queensland State Archives

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The Queensland State Archives has a range of records useful to Family history research. The Queensland State Archives are located at 435 Compton Road, Runcorn, Qld where many indexes and records can be found in their viewing room. Online, the Queensland State Archives website has two very different searches (The results are almost 100% different.):-

  1. Search the Catalogue - search the entire catalogue in one go.
  2. Search the Indexes - search only one topic at a time.

The Search the Indexes function is split into categories and further into sub-categories. The Index search leads to partial or complete records online and some records have images available online.

Links to Wikitree Categories correlating to the QSA searches:-
  1. Catalogue Searches
  2. Index Searches:-
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
    • Aboriginal War Census Returns 1915-1916
  • Australian South Sea Islanders
    • Australian South Sea Islanders 1867-1908
    • Coloured labour and asiatic aliens in Queensland 1913
  • Business
    • Companies 1863-1959
    • Stage licences 1891-1904
  • Convicts and early settlers
    • Chronological register of convicts 1824-1839
    • List of prisoners 1839
    • Alphabetical list of prisoners
    • Monthly and half yearly returns for Moreton Bay 1829-1837
    • St Helena prisoners 1863-1936
    • Prisoners discharged, Toowoomba 1869-1879
    • Prisoners tried, Toowoomba 1864 to 1903
    • Prisoners admitted, Toowoomba 1895 to 1906
    • Female prisoners admitted, Toowoomba 1887 to 1891
  • Courts
    • Criminal depositions 1861-1885
    • Queensland State Archives, Divorces 1861-1894
    • Equity files 1857-1899
    • Queensland State Archives, Inquests 1859-1902
    • Instruments of renunciation 1915-1983
    • Queensland State Archives, Justices of the Peace 1857-1957
    • Naturalisations 1851-1908
    • Register of court fees 1885-1908
    • Trustee files 1889-1929
    • Queensland State Archives, Wills 1857-1940
  • Government
    • Queensland State Archives, Civil Servants 1865-1867
    • Imperial pensions 1898-1912
    • Imperial pensions 1872-1915
    • Indigence cases 1899-1948
  • Immigration
    • Rations issued to immigrants, Maryborough 1875-1884
    • Immigrants nominated for passage, Maryborough 1884 to 1896
    • Nominated immigrants, Maryborough 1904 to 1907
    • Queensland State Archives, Assisted Immigration 1848-1912
    • Nominated immigrants 1908-1922
    • Immigration 1922-1940
    • Indigence Cases 1899-1948
    • Queensland State Archives, Land orders 1861-1874
    • Land orders 1862-1878
    • Oronsay immigration 1925-1972
    • Passage certificates 1887-1906
    • Passport clearances 1923-1940
    • Register of Immigrants 1864-1878
    • Register of immigrants, Toowoomba, 1880-1888
    • Registers of immigrants 1882-1938
    • Queensland State Archives, Registers of immigrants, Brisbane 1885-1917
  • Lands
    • Land Orders 1865 to 1866
    • Queensland State Archives, Mineral leases 1871-1940
    • Miners rights 1874-1880
    • Register of land sold 1842-1859
    • Register of lands 1861-1868
    • Register of lands sold 1849-1861
    • Register of Pastoral Holdings 1863-1880
    • Rents Payable Pastoral Runs Index 1860-1911
    • Soldier Settlement 1917-1929
    • Transfer of runs 1848-1874
  • Schools, hospitals and orphanages
    • Brisbane Hospital Admissions 1872-1887
    • Brisbane Hospital registers of deaths 1899-1913
    • Queensland State Archives, Brisbane Hospital Registers Deaths 1933-1963
    • Consumptive patients index 1897-1902
    • Dentist Apprentices 1903-1925
    • Dental Board 1900-1931
    • Dentists 1903-1932
    • Mackay Hospital Hospital Admissions 1891-1908
    • Nurses examinations 1912-1925
    • Queensland State Archives, Teachers 1860-1905
    • Toowoomba Girls Reformatory admissions 1881 - 1903
    • Toowoomba Girls Reformatory Discharges 1882-1903
    • Reformatory School for Boys admissions 1871 to 1906
  • Shipping and railways
    • Register of Seamen 1882-1919
  • War
    • Aboriginal War Census Returns 1915-1916
    • Army Reservists 1909-1912
    • Boer War - Pay books
    • Military Service Records 1899 to 1901
    • Soldier Settlement 1917-1929
    • TB Home applications 1923-1932
    • Windsor Town Council Honour Roll 1914 to 1925

On the Queensland State Archives website Index searches are only on individual sub-categories. [1]

This wikitree Category: Queensland State Archives contains sub-categories that correspond with various sub-categories found in the QSA Search the Indexes function or the broader Catalogue search. These wikitree subcategories are used as an aid to the study of early Queensland inhabitants, allowing for a clearer connection of early Queensland wikitree profiles and the sources from which they reference their facts. When sourcing profiles from the Qld State Archives always seek to view the source (image or original documents) for the most complete record information.

QSA Copyright details

State of Queensland webpages have a link to a Copyright notice page that in part states that:-

© The State of Queensland 2017
The Queensland Government supports and encourages the distribution of its material.

Unless otherwise noted, all copyright material available on or through this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence (CC BY 4.0).

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

You are free to use copyright material available on or through this website that is covered by a CC BY licence in line with the licence terms. You must keep the copyright notice on the copyright material and attribute the State of Queensland as the source of the copyright material.

Note: Creative Commons licences relate to copyright material, not to other forms of intellectual property. Some material accessible on or through this website may not be available under a Creative Commons licence.

Website material not available under a Creative Commons licence

  • the government coat of arms or government logos
  • trade mark protected material
  • intellectual property (including copyright) owned by third parties
  • material available under other specified licences.


however on both the Queensland State Archives Catalogue Search results and the Index Search Results pages, there is a different specified license button - CC by 3.0, which opens to state:-

Attribution 3.0 Australia (CC BY 3.0 AU)
This is a human-readable summary of (and not a substitute for) the license. Disclaimer. au
You are free to:
Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.

This license is acceptable for Free Cultural Works.

The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.
Under the following terms:
Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
You do not have to comply with the license for elements of the material in the public domain or where your use is permitted by an applicable exception or limitation.
No warranties are given. The license may not give you all of the permissions necessary for your intended use. For example, other rights such as publicity, privacy, or moral rights may limit how you use the material.


  1. State Archives Search the Index; © The State of Queensland 1995-2013; Attribution 3.0 Australia (CC BY 3.0 AU) ; Online Repository https://www.qld.gov.au/dsiti/qsa/search Accessed 13Oct2017; https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/arts/heritage/archives

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