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Presentation of QFHS 
Pre-Separation Group Certificate
16 October 2019

Marion Atkinson
Marion Atkinson presented with her certificate
by Jenny Davidson and Ann Swain 
(Convenors of QFHS Pre-Separation Group)


Ruth Bonetti (1)

QFHS Book Award 2019

presented to

Ruth Bonetti

pictured here with Book Award Coordinator, Gayle Thomsett

at the

QFHS Annual General Meeting



Toowoomba and Darling Downs 
Family History Society and 
Toowoomba Historic Railway Station

Toowoomba Railway Station
Honour Board

On 8 October, a group from Queensland Family History visited Toowoomba and
Darling Downs Family History Society and the historic Toowoomba Railway Station.

The assistance from Marie and Marionne was very much appreciated
as was the tour of the Historic Railway Station, including the 
Historic Railways Honour Board, with Greg Hallam, Qld Rail Historian.


In conjunction with NFHM


invited members to submit stories
on the the theme of finding links.

 The result

31 Links in a Chain

 Read 31 different family stories - a new one was published everyday in August 2017



 Library Assistants' Team Meeting, March 2018

 Eager Hill

 Brudell Capp

 Elaine and Max  Caroline and Leita
Macathie   Morgan Swain Eager
 Margaret, Carolyn, and Rhonda     Geoff, Ann, Tony, and Doug

Unlock the Past Conference 19 - 20 October 2018

QFHS table
Susie, Leanne, Ann(obscured) and Tony at right 

UTP 19 Oct

Finding your family

July-August 2018


Carolyn giving her 
final Presentation

See all our attendees



Open Day

25 August 2018

2018 Open Day

Bev Young, QFHS President,
Tim Mander, Member for Everton,
Bob Thistlethwaite, QFHS Secretary



Presep1 Presep2

Clem Ditton and Bob Thistlethwaite received their

QFHS Pre-Separation Certificates

at the Members' Meeting on 17 October 2018


QFHS visits North Stradbroke Island

 Stradbroke 1

On Monday 28 August, QFHS members enjoyed
a guided tour of the Stradbroke Island Museum and the remains of the Benevolent Asylum operated at Dunwich from 1865 to 1946. The Curator, Elizabeth Gondwe, spoke about the ongoing battle to preserve the early history of the island.



2017 February-March
Finding Your Family Graduates

 2017 Feb Mar

Monday 20 March 2017
Standing: Rhonda, Robyn, John, Michael, Patricia, Robert, Merilyn.
Seated: Toni, Mary.


Mitchelton State School Centenary

Mitchelton Ss 100 Yrs Cd Final Mitchelton Ss Centenary
Mitchelton State School Admissions 1916-1997
listing for the Infants and State School admissions 
in alphabetical and register order.
Available from QFHS at $10 each,
plus $3 postage and handling
Email bookshop convenor to purchase.
Rosemary Kopittke, Dorothy Jeffrey, and Eric
Kopittke celebrating the launch of the CD on
Saturday 22 October 2016 


New release

QSPI6 Launch _03

Queensland School Pupils Index Part 6 - QSPI6

The latest QFHS publication was launched on Friday 19 August at The Queensland State Archives.

The series now covers 2.4 million entries from more than 1200 schools.

Rosemary Kopittke, QFHS Publications Team member, presents a copy of QSPI6 to Kit Kugatoff, Director of Collections and Access QSA. For more information click here 



Nick Vine Hall Presentation

Nick Vine Hall PresentationThe Nick Vine Hall Award is awarded annually to member societies (in two categories based on membership)

for the best family history journal/newsletter in Australia and New Zealand. AFFHO provides this award to encourage its member societies to produce quality journals/newsletters, and to honour Nick Vine Hall AM.

This year QFHS were awarded the runner-up prize in Category B (societies with over 500 members) for the Queensland Family Historian, Vol 36, No1, February 2015.

Congratulations to our Journal Editor and her team



QFHS President Bev Young 
accepting the Award from
Geoff Doherty, AFFHO. 

1894 and 1897 Women's Suffrage Petitions now available online to all,

thanks to QFHS volunteers


In 1894 the Women’s Equal Franchise Association (WEFA) initiated a double petition – one for women to sign and the other for men – which played a key role in galvanising support for the women’s suffrage movement across Queensland.

A second group of women through the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union canvassed support again in 1897. 

Through a project organised in a partnership between the late Dr John McCulloch, Dr Deborah Jordan and the Queensland Parliament, and with the contribution of the Queensland Family History Society, these petitions have been digitally transcribed and developed into a database that is available to the public.

A wonderful resource for girls, women, genealogists, and historians both in Queensland and across the globe.

To view the signatories to the Women's Suffrage Petitions go here

For more information on QFHS involvement in the project from start to finish go here
Congratulations to the many people involved in making this happen.