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Family Histories

The books in this collection are those considered of interest to people researching or writing about their families. The copyright holder for each has given QFHS with the permission to make their work available on the QFHS website. This collection will be expanded as appropriate documents come to hand.

The Bindon Family 

(Login required) (Compiled by Chris Wright, Version 2 February 2021) This book starts with all the known descendants of George Bindon and his wife Katharine. George and Katharine currently as far back as we have researched.
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Dan Desbois (1836-1898) – A Life of Spiritual, Educational & Military Service.

(Login required). Dan Desbois was for much of his adult life a member of the “front line infantry in the colonial ‘armies of education.’ ” He was untrained, learning how to teach and manage a school through firsthand experience. Dan was Head Teacher at five Queensland schools from 1873 to 1896 – in Warwick, Rosewood, North Maclean and Eton. This story documents Dan’s professional and personal successes and challenges.
Dan was a volunteer soldier with the Warwick Company of the Queensland Defence Force. He rose through the ranks to that of colour-sergeant before his election as Captain in 1883. However, his tenure ended in ‘non-publicised’ dishonour in 1886.
Dan was of Huguenot heritage. He started his working life as an apprentice watch maker finisher in his father’s business in London. Ten years later he became a Church of England Missionary for the colonies, educated at St Augustine’s College, Canterbury (1860-1863). Soon after his graduation and marriage, he embarked for New Zealand.
This book also provides insight into Dan’s beliefs and opinions through his published letters. The author was awarded the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc. Inaugural Don Grant Award 2012 First Prize.

The Hausknecht Family
By Pauline Heiniger. This publication is presented in three parts. Part 1 contains information on the family in Germany, on the way to a new life, and their early years in Queensland. Part 2 details families in Australia. Part 3 contains information on the descendants of William Frederick Charles Hausknecht. If you have a Hausknecht connection, this book is a must for you to read. (PDF)
The Restless Danish Immigrants
By Anthony Buirchell. A journey of the Johnson family who made their way from Denmark via the USA to Australia.  Ambrose Johnson was a mining surveyor. The family spent time in Victoria and New South Wales and eventually settled in the Daintree Region in Far North Queensland as dairy farmers. (PDF)
The Solway Family  (Noon, Bell, Solway & Beitzel, 2013). The lead authors present detailed information of the descendants of William Solway and Mary Anne Dight Wilment, who settled in what became known as Mutdapilly in the Fassifern Valley, Queensland.
Three Trunks and a Cardboard Case
(Login required) A compelling ‘creative non-fiction’ story about the struggles of an immigrant family in the cane fields of far North Queensland in the 1950s, told from a daughter’s perspective. This warmly told story welcomes the reader into the author’s family, to share the challenges her parents experienced in emigrating from Sicily, establishing a new home and farm in untamed country, and of her, and her brother’s, journey through childhood as they familiarised themselves with the physical and cultural aspects of life in Australia. Overall, the author has written a book that emphatically captures the scenes described, and consequently solidly embeds the story in facts related to family, locality, society and politics of the era. (PDF)
William & Leonora Monk. A couple from London arrives in Queensland in 1857
(Login required). This account begins with the arrival from London of William and Leonora in Ipswich in 1857 and traces their movement north, then devotes chapters to their children who settled in regional areas of Queensland. Ultimately, this book is a salutation to William and Leonora, beautifully captured by the Author, and their brave decision to emigrate 163 years ago. How profound have been the consequences! It may be true to say that the lives of their many descendants have indeed been enhanced by realising how they are woven into the lives of those who went before. In this sense, William and Leonora have made their own unique contribution to the vast fabric of Queensland history. The Author was presented with the QFHS Family History Book Award for 2021. (PDF)