Guest Speakers

Guest speakers normally follow the formal part of monthly meetings. Topics vary widely.

These are the confirmed 2016 topics.

January 18 : Janice Cooper: “Who were the mates? Identifying the World War 1 soldiers from one community’.

February 15: Greg Cope : “An untapped Resource: Looking at Post Office and Mail Service Files in Q’ld.”

March 21 : Hilda Maclean: “Researching Colonial Chinese-Australian Ancestry”

April 18: Peter Dunn – Brisbane @ War – Military Locations in Brisbane during WW2


Some of the subjects we have covered in the past include:

  • What’s in a name: Surname Origins in Britain and Ireland
  • Digitising and organising your Family History
  • Really? They died of that?
  • History of Women in the Queensland Police
  • Burial in Queensland
  • Ryerson Index
  • The law and copyright
  • Macarthur Museum: MacArthur the Man
  • 150 years of Railways in Queensland
  • Ipswich and South Brisbane  Cemeteries
  • Brisbane City Council Archives – Researching your Family Home
  • Records of persons arrested by police & victims of violent crime in Queensland pre 1900
  • Fossicking in the State Archives
  • The joys & frustrations of overseas research
  • The little used resources at the State Library
  • Latest developments in oral history collection
  • Community and personal histories – records held
  • Scandinavian records, especially Danish
  • Police records, wages books
  • Newspapers, Australian & overseas, local histories at Griffith University
  • Genetics and the family historian
  • Maritime Museums and their records
  • Colonial Secretary’s papers in 1. London; 2. Queensland, 3. NSW –
  • Inquests & No Inquests at the Qld State Archives
  • Records of Interest to Researchers at the Education History Unit
  • Red Cross Archives
  • Archerfield and Early Aviation in Queensland
  • The Flying Doctor Service and their Records.