Records From Queensland: Public Service Employees, Classification Lists, and Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions

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The major collection this week at includes a variety of records from the Queensland Family History Society, Queensland’s leading family history and genealogy organization as well as the State’s largest genealogical bookshop.

The databases in this launch include the following (Note the Queensland Public Service database has been launched. The rest of the databases will be launched throughout the week.)

* Queensland Public Service 1864 – 1948
* Classification List of the Queensland Loco Enginemen, Firemen, & Cleaners 1912 South
* Brisbane Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions
* Toowong Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions

The Queensland Public Service 1864 – 1948 database includes:

1. An index to approx 65,000 Queensland Public Service Employees’ entries published periodically in the Queensland Government Gazette from 1864 to 1948 (or Queensland Blue Book for 1870-1879). The index gives name, present office, location, date of birth, date of initial appointment, and the date, page and volume of the Government Gazette reference. Further information in the Gazette or Blue Book may include salary, allowance, qualifications and appointment details.

2. An index to approx 35,000 names of teachers mentioned in the Education Office Gazette from 1907 to 1920. The index covers teacher admissions, promotions, transfers and resignations, listing the name, type of entry, standing, school/s, date and page reference in the Education Office Gazette.

3. An index to approx 12,500 names from School Committee notices in the Queensland Government Gazette between commencement year of 1876 and 1899. The school committee index covers notices of appointments and resignations for over 300 schools from all regions of Queensland.

Classification List of the Queensland Loco Enginemen, Firemen, & Cleaners 1912 is an excellent database for researching Queensland railway families and railway history. The database includes many records not previously published on microfiche.

South Brisbane Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions presents an index to the inscriptions on headstones and plaques in the South Brisbane (Dutton Park) cemetery, Brisbane, as transcribed during the 1980s by members of the Queensland Family History Society, with some more recent inscriptions added later. The original transcriptions were published by QFHS on microfiche.

The index covers 12,620 names from the inscriptions. The first burial listed in this database was in 1870. The cemetery was closed for new plots in 1961-1962, although a few were released in 1998-1999 and burials continued in family plots. Memorials range from those of prominent early residents to those of prisoners from nearby Boggo Road Gaol.

This data is a valuable resource, especially as time and vandalism take their toll on the headstones. As well as confirming or showing possible errors in the burial register, the database often show family relationships for 3 or 4 generations, including names of people not buried in the grave. Details can include parents, birth place and date, marriage information, titles and honors. Neighbouring plots can include related families.

Toowong Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions is an index that references approximately 47,000 names – on memorials still standing, on graves demolished once they were considered unsafe; and on inscriptions from the columbarium.

Toowong Cemetery is Brisbane’s largest. The transcriptions were undertaken by members of the Queensland Family History Society Inc. between 1983 and 1987.

Although Colonel Samuel Wensley Blackall (Queensland’s second Governor) was the first person to be buried at Toowong Cemetery in 1871, several memorials predate his grave. In 1881, the bodies of the three children of the guards (convict settlement) who died in the early 1830s, were exhumed from a North Quay site and, with the original headstones, transferred to Toowong. After the Paddington Cemeteries Act of 1911, a number of remains and memorials from this cemetery were also removed to Toowong.

The number of burials in Toowong Cemetery is unknown, though by 1963 a total of 106,000 burials were said to have taken place.

Described by the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, in 1994, as a project of great significance for the records of the City of Brisbane – no library or family historian should be without it.

Note: Sources for databases provided by the Queensland Family History Society.

About the Queensland Family History Society
The Queensland Family History Society Incorporated (QFHS) was formed in Brisbane in 1979 as a non-profit, non-sectarian, non-political organisation. The Society aims to promote the study of family, and local history, genealogy, and heraldry, and encourage the collection and preservation of records relating to the history of Queensland families. The Society has a variety of affiliations, including the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations Inc. (AFFHO) , the Royal Historical Society of Queensland (RHSQ), History Queensland Inc. (HQ) formerly the Queensland Association of Local and Family History Societies Inc (QALFHS), and the Federation of Family History Societies (UK) (FFHS).

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