Queensland State Archives: Brief Guides
Police Gazettes: A Family History Resource
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The Queensland Government Gazette started publication with the foundation of the state in 1859.
Queensland Industrial Gazette ran from 1916 - 1961, and included notification of new Industrial Awards, and changes to Industrial Awards for Queensland
Queensland Government Industrial Gazette, 1 April 1961- 23 October 2009
Two indexes are available:
Queensland Government Gazettes contain legal notices, such as legislative changes, and appointments to permanent government positions. The Queensland Government Publications website has gazette series for the current month posted online.
Text Queensland provides free online access to digitised historic gazettes from 1859 through to 1900.
Queensland Government Publications has online gazettes from 2003. Indexes are also available.
Some official notices from the Queensland Government Gazette were published in the Moreton Bay Courier in the mid 1800s. Other reports from historical gazettes may also be found in the digitised newspapers at Trove.
Queensland Government Gazette Consolidated Index 1859-1919 is available via Findmypast. To access Findmypast, visit the eResources portal, click the Browse eResources tab and search for 'Find my past'.(N.B. Findmypast is accessible within the National Library of Australia building, and may be accessible at your local public library).
Queensland, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1903-1910 are available via Ancestry.com. To access Ancestry, visit the eResources portal, click the Browse eResources tab and search for 'Ancestry'. (N.B. Ancestry.com Library edition is accessible within the National Library of Australia building, and may be accessible at your local public library).
Use the Australian Government Publications Guide, GovPubs, to help locate Queensland gazettes in Australian libraries.
A town's early history
Can I get a copy of the 1910 Queensland Government Gazette entry showing that the town of Geraldton had its name changed to Innisfail?
Using the searchable online newspaper database in Trove, we can find a date in August 1910 when the name change took place. On Friday 19 August 1910, the Cairns Post carried the following article:
BRISBANE, Thursday. - The Government has decided that the name of the town situated at the junction of the North and South Johnstone Rivers, and hitherto known as Geraldton, be altered to 'Innisfail'.
We can search the Queensland Government Gazette for the proclamation in August 1910. The index for the gazette was published twice a year and is found at the beginning of 'Volume XCV - From 1st July to 31st December, 1910':
Geraldton - Town of, Name altered to 'Innisfail' - page 470
The entry is dated 18th August 1910, and gives the same information as that found in the newspaper article from the Cairns Post. Use the Library's Copies Direct service to request a copy, giving the volume and page details on the order form.
Chinese welcome the first governmment official to Geraldton [now as Innisfail in Queensland], 1901 or 1902. National Library Digital Collections http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-137088566/
Bartholomew, J. G. (John George), 1860-1920.
Maps Collection: http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-231579581
1887 map showing pastoral districts, counties and railways.
In the Library, you can photocopy or photograph printed pages. Microfilmed gazettes can be printed or saved to a USB drive.
If you can't visit the Library, you can use the National Library's Copies Direct service to request a copy and have it sent to you via mail or email.
To place a Copies Direct order, simply click on the Copies Direct button that is located at the bottom of the catalogue record, and complete the online order form. Add as much information as you have: