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Qld Stations: Escott Station, Normanton, 1911; Auburn Station, Taroom. State Library of Queensland.


Date and time: 30 Sep 2023 12:01 AM

Management Committee 2023-24

We are very pleased to welcome Chris Robertson, Helen Evans and Charlotte Sale to the Management Committee 2023-24. Helen Evans takes on the vital role of Honorary Secretray and each will now play an important role in assisting the Society to meet its aims and objectives and contribute directly as we work to address the strategic priorities identified in the Strategic Plan Update 2023-2026. 

The Management Committee is now at full complement and members are listed here.

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!

Annual Report 2023

The Book Names Accumulation Index flies past 350,000 entries and aims to reach 400,000 by year’s end!


Congratulations to the Digitising and Indexing team working to give all our members access to names locked inside our book collection.

For members with a family connection to the Queensland Baptist Church you might like to check out the recent addition of almost 26,000 names of office bearers between 1907 and 1969. QFHS - Searchable datasets - scroll down to Miscellaneous Category, Login and follow the prompts.

Global Keyword Search

Search all our datasets in one easy action - go ahead and try it!

Enter your keyword. e.g. surname, given name, place name, occupation. If you are searching on more than one term, separate your keywords by a space or an asterisk. Read About Global Keyword Searching at the top of the search box for more hints.

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Queensland School Pupils Index Part 7

319,500 new records added 29 September 2023

A further 319,500 entries have just been added to the online Queensland School Pupils Index Part 7 database. The additional data includes names from 173 schools – all from admission registers. The schools include both large and small from across Queensland – including a number of very large schools such as Caboolture SS, Caloundra SHS, Harristown SS, Hermit Park SS, Holland Park SS, Kirwan SHS, and Nambour SHS. There are also many small to very small schools such as Alice Creek SS, Aloomba SS, Charters Towers School of the Air, Darling Point Special School, Rise and Shine SS, Ubobo SS, Warooby SS, and Wyaralong SS. Also included is the Wacol East SS for New Australians which opened in 1949 and closed in 1963.

As with all the schools in the QSPI collection, some of these schools include adult students not just those we might usually expect to find. Be aware also that some students appear multiple times for the same school because a decision was made to partially rewrite and/or renumber the entries. It is definitely worth looking at all the entries for each student.

Check the uploaded List of schools for all those marked ‘new’ to find out all the 173 schools that have had records added in this latest update.

School admission records can provide so much information not accessible elsewhere. Once an entry is found in the index researchers should follow up to find the original register which will give the age (or birthdate), the address, parent’s occupation, religion and progress through the grades. Many entries provide further information on vaccinations and general information about the student. The Queensland State Archives has indicated that all the admission registers they hold are now available as digital copies.

Members Lounge Social Events


Monday 23 October: Let’s go together to the State Library

Sunday 12 November: Group booking to Growl Theatre’s production of Georgiana & Kitty: Christmas as Pemberley




QFHS Seminars and Training Courses

Follow the Gold: Tracing Mining Ancestor…

Presenter: Shauna Hicks

When: Friday, 13 October 2023 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Follow the Gold: Tracing Mining Ancestors in Australia

The presentation covers a wide variety of resources across Australia, such as Trove, trade unions, hospitals and historical insti…


Talking about ... Why join a family hist…

Presenter: Sue Reid

When: Wednesay, 25 October 2023 - 10.00 am - 12 noon

Talking about ... Why join a family history society?

Family history or genealogical societies have at their foundation a motivation to assist people in researching their family histo…


Who Rocked the Cradle? Women of the Digg…

Presenter: Dr Dorothy Wickham

When: Friday, 10 November 2023 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Who Rocked the Cradle? Women of the Diggings

The fight was for the right to vote; for equality; as well as for basic human rights. How women strove to exercise and exert thei…


Finding your Queensland Country Women's …

Presenter: Jeni Bush

When: Friday, 9 February 2024 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am AEST (No daylight saving)

Finding your Queensland Country Women's History

In 2022, the Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA) celebrated 100 years of continuous service. Since 1922, branches have …


Talking about ... postal and telecommuni…

Presenter: Nancy Edwards

When: Wednesday, 22 November 2023 - 10.00 am - 12 noon AEST (No Daylight Saving)

Talking about ... postal and telecommunications.

Knowing about postal and telecommunication history can help us complete the time line of our own family tree.

  • How many mail d…

Finding your family: the fundamentals of…

Presenter: QFHS Tutors

When: Commences Monday 12 February 2024 weekly for six weeks - 7:30 pm - 9:00 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 t…


Talking about .... researching a biograp…

Presenter: Nancy Edwards

When: Wednesay, 28 February 2024 - 10.00 am - 12:00 noon AEST (No daylight saving)

Talking about .... researching a biography

Are you curious about a particular ancestor? Would you like to write about this ancestor? What can you do to diminish the possibi…


Photogenealogy: An Introduction

Presenter: Ann Larkham

When: Thursday, 7 March 2024 - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEST (GMT+10) No daylight saving

Photogenealogy: An Introduction

Do you have old family photos?

Are they organised and are they safe?

Do you wish you could enjoy and share your photos?

To …



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