Royal Historical Society of Queensland

Identity area

Identifier

daa/250

Authorized form of name

Royal Historical Society of Queensland

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • The Royal Historical Society of Queensland

Type

  • Educational

Contact area

 

Honorary Research Officer

Type

Address

Street address

Commissariat Store, 115 William Street, Brisbane

Locality

Brisbane

Region

Country name

Postal code

4000

Telephone

07 3221 4198

Fax

07 3221 4698

Note

Description area

History

The Royal Historical Society of Queensland was established in 1913. It has collected historical records and published a Journal every since.

The Library comprises the Welsby Library of Australiana bequeathed in 1939 and Queensland history manuscripts and books collected by the Society. The Society's Journal, the Queensland History Journal is published quarterly.

The Society's objects are the study and promotion of the history of:
(i) the State and the former Colony of Queensland;
(ii) the Commonwealth of Australia;
(iii) the adjacent islands of the Pacific;
(iv) other matters of general historic interest related to the above;
(b) The collection, preservation, restoration, registration, organisation, presentation, exhibition, management, exchange, sale, or other appropriate handling of material for such study, including but not limited to:
(i) letters, manuscripts, recordings, diaries and documents of any kind;
(ii) personal narratives of explorers, early settlers and other appropriate persons;
(iii) maps, charts, drawings, photographs, pictures, films, plans, digital and other electronic records.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

The Constitution of The Royal Historical Society of Queensland and management by the Society's Council.

Administrative structure

The Society has a Library and Hon Research Team who report to the elected Council of the Society.

Records management and collecting policies

The Society collects material on:

  • the State and the former Colony of Queensland
  • the Commonwealth of Australia
  • the adjacent islands of the Pacific
  • other matters of general historic interest related to the above.

Buildings

Commissariat Store Building (oldest habitable building in Queensland). The library area is air-conditioned.
The Society has some library materials stored in a suburban building which is air-conditioned.

Holdings

Letterbooks of some companies and pastoral stations and many personal manuscripts.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Library catalogue which lists manuscripts as well as books.

Access area

Opening times

Open Thursdays 10am-4pm or, in some cases, by appointment.

Access conditions and requirements

Researchers may send in research queries ahead of their visit.

Accessibility

Disability access to the building. William Street is a central business district street. The Commissariat Store is near the Queen Street Bus Station and is walkable from the Cultural Centre.

Services area

Research services

There are modest fees for copying. Members of the Society have free access and visitors pay a daily fee.

Reproduction services

Cameras may be used. Copies can also be made by the Society's photographer.

Public areas

Control area

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Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 16 April 2018

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Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Arts and Culture (Thematic area)
  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Family / Domestic Life (Thematic area)
  • Geography (Thematic area)
  • Politics and Government (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Commissariat Store, 115 William Street, Brisbane
Brisbane 4000