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Researching Australian ancestors

This presentation outlines the major resources for tracing ancestors in Australia including archives, libraries, genealogy and family history societies, military and cemetery resources and more. The emphasis is on resources that are online and easily accessible.


Colonial Adventures and Experiences

Published in 1871 and written by 'A University Man' (George Carrington), this book aims, to set forth, in an entertaining way, something of the inner life, the everyday working experience of a colony, taking as my type the latest of the Australian colonies - Queensland.

He describes the hardships and trials of four years endured by an educated man forced to do what he could to earn his living – shovel-work, photographer, shepherd, stripping bark, and on the diggings.

Never Never Land: A Ride in North Queensland

In 1884, Archibald William Stirling wrote this book as he could find no account which conveys even a general notion to the English reader of Queensland, the youngest of the Australian colonies.

In twelve chapters he describes his voyage to Queensland and experiences in the colony:

  • Chapter I: The Start—Port Said—The Chagos Islands—Adel aide—Melbourne —Sydney Harbour—Hospitality— The Races—The Princes in Sydney—The Steam Tramways—Moreton Bay—The Brisbane River
  • Chapter II: Brisbane—Straight Streets — The Queensland Club —The Public Gardens—Colonial Parliaments

My Wife and I in Queensland

Published in London in 1872, this book by Charles H. Eden recounts his experience of eight years in Queensland as well as giving an account of Polynesian labour in the colony.

From Chart House to Bush Hut

Published in 1920, this book records the experiences of Charles W. Bryde as he left the sea and took up the life of a land-lubber in the Atherton district, North Queensland.

 

... The idea in mind is to present, as far as possible, a true picture of life in the Scrub, as I had experienced it. With this end in view, I have neither glossed over the difficulties and disabilities, nor enlarged on the advantages, of selection life in the Scrublands. I have tried to make the book a fairly reliable and interesting guide to anyone thinking of tackling the life.

Four Years in Queensland

Published in 1870, 'Four Years in Queensland' gives Edward B. Kennedy's observations on the colony of Queensland during his stay in the late 1860s ...

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Australian Handbook 1887

Covering New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, West Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, New Zealand, and Fiji Islands, the Australian Handbook and Almanac and Shippers and Importers Directory for 1887, the eighteenth year of issue, is a guide with all kinds of interesting and unique information.

 

Apart from a descriptive account and statistical information for New Zealand and each of the Australian colonies and their towns, you will also find details on climate, education, religion, agriculture, population, societies and clubs, parliamentary and official departments

Australian Handbook 1886

Covering New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, West Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, New Zealand, and Fiji Islands, the Australian Handbook and Almanac and Shippers and Importers Directory for 1886, the seventeenth year of issue, is a guide with all kinds of interesting and unique information.

Apart from a descriptive account and statistical information for New Zealand and each of the Australian colonies and their towns, you will also find details on climate, education, religion, agriculture, population, societies and clubs, parliamentary and official departments, loc

Australian Handbook 1885

Covering New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, West Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, New Zealand, and Fiji Islands, the "Australian Handbook and Almanac and Shippers and Importers Directory for 1885", the sixteenth year of issue, is a guide with all kinds of interesting and unique information.

Apart from a descriptive account and statistical information for New Zealand and each of the Australian colonies and their towns, you will also find details on climate, education, religion, agriculture, population, societies and clubs, parliamentary and official departments, local self-g

Australian Handbook 1884

Covering New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, West Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, New Zealand, and Fiji Islands, the 'Australian Handbook and Almanac and Shippers and Importers Directory for 1884', the fifteenth year of issue, is a guide with all kinds of interesting and unique information.

Apart from a descriptive account and statistical information for New Zealand and each of the Australian colonies and their towns, you will also find details on climate, education, religion, agriculture, population, societies and clubs, parliamentary and official departments, local self-g

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