Tuesday 20 April 2021

Queensland - AJCP

The colony of Queensland was officially proclaimed in 1859, prior to this New South Wales administered this vast tract of land. 

In this post I will look at a range of material not previously referred to. It is in no way indicative of all the records available for Queensland but is intended to highlight some of the more unusual collections in the AJCP.

Land records

The New Zealand and Australian Land Company acquired and leased properties not just in New Zealand but also in the Australian colonies  If your ancestors worked on one of these holdings, the Maps and Plans of their extensive records provide detail of the properties.

This 1905 Plan of Maxwelton and surrounding sections, Hughenden district of Queensland comes from the Hereford and Worcester Record Office. Located in  the same fonds are the staff and wages returns detailing those who worked at Maxwelton from 1895 -1908.


clipping from Maxwelton: Staff and wages return July 1905


Guide to the Photographs of G.W. Wilson and Company The originals of these are held at Aberdeen University Library, King's College, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Among the towns and cities represented in the collection were Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Townsville, Herberton, Rockhampton, Maryborough, Gympie, Toowoomba, Sydney, Katoomba, Leura, Wentworth, Newcastle, Broken Hill, Melbourne, Ballarat, Williamstown, Healesville, Sorrento, Bendigo, Bright, Adelaide, Gawler and Mount Gambier.

2 Queensland photos from this collection 

Flinders Street and General Post Office, Townsville, Queensland

 Judicial matters

This guide contains material submitted as part of cases being heard by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council including petitions, proceedings, correspondence, the cases for the applicants and respondents, judgements and orders.

A range of Queensland cases across the 1800s

Searching for Queensland records

Search by place e.g. "Moreton Bay" 153 results, Rockhampton  292 results (remember to choose online and freely available)

Search within a Finding Aid e.g. Records of the Colonial Office CTRL+F (find on page) finds 102 mentions of Queensland

Search a phrase "Queensland gold" Just one result that is online and freely available Goldfield Reports 1885 "Queensland flood" 2 results in 1893.

Search on within the AJCP.

This post first appeared on https://carmelgalvin.info


  1. I don't have many interests in Queensland but will check out the Newcastle photos in that collection yoou mentioned.

  2. I’ve been using the GWW collection via Aberdeen Uni for years. He took some amazing photos of towns in Australia but also overseas. Worth noting that through Aberdeen at least there are copyright issues to consider. https://www.abdn.ac.uk/special-collections/george-washington-wilson.php

    Thanks for the Judicial records...I’ve a case to follow up in there.

    1. Thanks for that link, the reproductions of the photographs there is much superior to these microfilm copies. It would be interesting to know when the copyright restrictions were applied compared to when these microfilm copies were made.

  3. Thank you again Carmel for this post. I am very interested in those station records. They might be just what I need for an ancestor who went missing.


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