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 Volunteers Week 20-26 May 2024

During Volunteers Week 20 - 26 May, we want to pay tribute to our mighty QFHS volunteers.  No matter the task or what time you are able to give, every contribution helps to keep the wheels turning.  Your work supports a dynamic, reputable organization which has recently emerged strongly from the trials of COVID, a move and an open BCC tender.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

As the Volunteer Coordinator I sincerely hope that your work at QFHS is meeting your expectations and enriching your relationship with the society.  If it is not – please don’t hesitate to contact me at volunteering@qfhs.org.au explaining your concern or to arrange a confidential chat about it.  Volunteering should be a two-way street – providing satisfaction and enjoyment for the volunteer as well as contributing to the continuance and growth of the society.

Caroline Brudell
Volunteer coordinator


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 Mooloolah.

Image & description: State Library of Queensland

21 February 2024

Services to Family History Award 2023

Rosie Gall

We were delighted to present, at the Volunteers Morning Tea in December last year, the Services to Family History Award 2023 to long-time volunteer, Rosie Gall. Rosie has been a member of QFHS since August 2007 and she demonstrates many of the qualities we value in our volunteers – steadfastness, good humour, compassion, thoughtfulness, professionalism, an enquiring mind, innovation – and then some.

The complete nomination, outlining Rosie's contribution to the Society over many years, is published in the February issue of Queensland Family Historian.


Rosie receiving the award from President Allana (Image courtesy Alex Daw)

Congratulations, again, Rosie. You are indeed a most commendable volunteer. 

5 October 2023

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.

Linda Cartmill 

14 June 2023

QFHS Book Award 2023

presented to

Linda Cartmill

for her book
From Green to Gold

pictured here with Book Award Coordinator, Gayle Thomsett

at the

QFHS Annual General Meeting  

21 January 2023


Services to Family History Award


Dr Kerry Raymond
The winner of the 2022 Award for Services to Family History
Dr Kerry Raymond

Clem Ditton with Gayle Thomsett

QFHS Book Award 2022

presented to

Clem Ditton

for his book
Shaking the Mulga

pictured here with Book Award Coordinator, Gayle Thomsett

at the

QFHS Annual General Meeting 

(This book is available on the QFHS website. Select the book title above.)


 Indexers Tribute Morning Tea

After many years of indexing and providing millions of searchable entries for QFHS, the Publications Team has retired. Our Society acknowledged the work of the most dynamic of our data dynamos - those who have indexed more than 100,000 entries each – with a Tribute event to recognise their sterling contributions.

The data dynamos, who are listed on the Indexers Honour Roll, were Guests of the Management Committee at a celebratory Indexers Tribute High Tea on Monday, 9 May 2022.


Row 1: Rosemary Kopittke, John Perryn, Bryan Hacker
Row 2: Deanna Robertson, Ellen McDonald, Lynn Hooper, Liz Grech, Maureen Arthur, Mary Geiger, Joan Kane, Elaine Eager
Row 3: Jackie Buttress, Dorothy Jeffrey, Jenny Hacker, Bev Bonning, Bev Moore. 

Indexers Honour Roll

Current and past members and non-members who indexed in excess of 100,000 entries:

Marguerite Andrews

Maureen Arthur

John Beeston Joyce Beeston

Bev Bonning

Laurie Bulley

Jackie Buttress Ron Buttress
Wendy Couper Margaret de Clara

Elaine Eager

Mary Geiger

Charlie Grech

Jenny and Bryan Hacker

Elaine Gillam

Pauline Heiniger

Lyn Hooper

Dorothy Jeffrey

Maurice Jones

Joan Kane

Erin Kirkpatrick

Rosemary Kopittke

Ellen McDonald

June McDonnell

Bev Moore

Judith Moran

Joan and Allan Newland

Chris Paterson

Fred Phillips

Myra Phipps

Deanna Robertson

Margaret Shand

Lesley Stratford

Eric Stevens

Lea Vardy

Roy Young


Sue Reid - our newest Fellow

Sue Reid has been admitted as a
Fellow of the Queensland Family History Society.
This is the highest honour the Society can bestow.

Reid S B C 

Sue has made outstanding contributions to many aspects of the Society.
Her dependable leadership, knowledge, supportive engagement and
hard work have delivered substantial and ongoing benefits.

Congratulations Sue and thank you for your exemplary service to our Society.

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