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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.

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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 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
(Login required).(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.
The Danish Girl
By Joanna Phillips. A young Danish girl travels to Australia for a better future. The year is 1874 when Julia sets her feet in the land Down Under in Townsville. Despite it being a different time, the similarities in the meeting with a new environment are striking to this day—the heat, flora and fauna and learning about Indigenous Australia and other nationalities. A very welcome addition to our digital Family History Collection for your reading pleasure.
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