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South Sea Islanders: Harvesting sugar cane, Innisfail, 1903; Guiding a horsedrawn wagon, Hambledon, 1890. State Library of Queensland.


Date and time: 24 Apr 2024 9:57 PM




We Remember Them: wartime stories in our family trees


Women, some dressed in uniform, changing the tyre of a truck during World War Two, Queensland, 1939. The women were part of the Australian Military Women's Emergency Legion.
Image: State Library of Queensland

The We Remember Them project will gather stories from our members focusing on the wartime stories in their family trees.  A virtual Honour Board will be created on this website to display an image of the individual and a few vital statistics. Each image will be linked to the story of that person’s wartime experiences. Read More

Another significant milestone achieved by the School Pupils Index team

369,500 new records added to the online database!

A further 369,500 entries have been added to the online Queensland School Pupils Index Part 7 database in April. In total, our index to school pupils now has over 5 million records. 

Where we have extracted the pupil names directly from admission registers, a 20 year closure has been observed as recommended by the Queensland State Archives. Schools range from large city ones, with admissions in the thousands, to country one-teacher schools with a total enrolment of hundreds. Some schools have long ceased to exist; others are still functioning. 

All additional names are from admission registers. The schools include both large and small from across Queensland – including Acacia Ridge SHS, Balaclava SS, Biloela SHS, Deception Bay North SS, Mabel Park schools, Southport SS, Thursday Island SHS, Weipa North SS, William Duncan SS and Wonglepong SS.  

Check out the list of schools here to find those marked “new”.   

Congratulations to the QSPI team who contributed to these additional records: Dorothy Jeffrey, Lyn Hooper, Maureen Arthur, Wendy Couper, Jackie Buttress, Mary Geiger, Bev Bonning, Eric and Rosemary Kopittke with technical support and dataset maintenance provided by John Perryn. 

Teacher and pupils of Glenview State School, ca. 1911


Back row (from left to right): George Skerman, Walter Skerman, Walter Jones, Alf Wendt, May Cramb, Doris Nichol, Warnes, Flo Munro.
Second row: Frank Wendt, Pat Sylvester, Wendt, Cramb, Doris Knop, Lyn Skerman, Florrie Braidenberry, Isabella Munro, Edith Munro.
Front row: Miss Handley (Mrs T. Rapjohns).
Unidentified students, Wendt, Cramb.
School identified as probably Glenview school near

Image & description: State Library of Queensland

The value of volunteering



We rely completely on the support and contributions of our volunteers. Why not join us? Volunteering is ‘win-win’ – it benefits both the individual and the Society. There really is something for everyone.Check out the Volunteers page for more information on the roles currently available and express interest today.  If you’re unsure of how you can contribute, supply a few details and our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Caroline Brudell, will be in contact for a chat. There really is something for everyone.



QFHS Seminars and Training Courses

When ‘life story’ becomes ‘life history’…

Presenter: Dr Maree Ganley

When: Wednesday, 8 May 2024 - 10:00 am - 11:30 am AEST (GMT+10) No daylight saving

When ‘life story’ becomes ‘life history’ - an oral history approach.

Oral history is the collection of stories and reminiscences of people who have firsthand knowledge of any number of experiences. …


Talking about...What is Descendancy Rese…


When: Wednesay, 22 May 2024 - 10:00 am - 12:00 noon AEST (GMT+10) No daylight saving

Talking about...What is Descendancy Research and what is its purpose?

Perhaps you are already subconsciously using descendancy research as a methodology.

Perhaps you would like to share what use y…


Finding your family: the fundamentals of…

Presenter: QFHS Tutors

When: Commences Monday 8 July 2024 weekly for six weeks - 10:30 am - 12:00 pm AEST (QLD time - no daylight saving)

Finding your family: the fundamentals of research

This event will be delivered online.

This six week course will be very comprehensive for someone wanting to start researching …



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