Queensland Heritage Register Immigration Places

The Queensland Heritage Register began in 1992. Today it comprises over 1700 places, with some specifically reflecting to our immigration heritage. This paper gives an overview of those places and the many cultural groups that contribute to Queensland’s history.

Available in the Queensland History Journal v. 22 no. 6, August 2014.


A World First: Green Island Underwater Observatory

Dating from 1954 and located off Green Island in tropical north Queensland, this was the world’s first underwater observatory in the open sea.

Available in Circa the Professional Historians Association Journal no. 4, 2014 pp. 18-25.

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Australian Mercantile Land and Finance Woolstores, 34 Vernon Terrace, Teneriffe

Designed by architect, Robin Dods, these woolstores are still standing and form part of a group of woolstores in Teneriffe, Brisbane from the early 20th century. In: Paul Sayer (compiler), A Robin Dods Brisbane Heritage Tour, BHG Inc, Brisbane, 2013, pp. 18-19.

Available from the Brisbane History Group website.


Boyhood Memories of Person and Place

The Oral History Association of Australia Journal 2013 includes my article ‘Boyhood Memories of Person and Place’ concerning the life of Brisbane businessman and World War I veteran, Leo Charles Marienthal, (1891-1969). Using an interview with one of the few people still alive who knew him, it provides a nostalgic recollection of the man and his home.

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Gympie Heritage

An overview of heritage places within the Gympie Regional Council area listed in the Queensland Heritage Register and the Queensland themes they represent.

Available in the Queensland History Journal v. 22 no. 2, August 2013 edition, which features papers from a heritage seminar held on 25 August 2012 by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection in conjunction with the Royal Historical Society of Queensland.


Surveying Success: The Hume family in Colonial Queensland

Surveying Success book coverAfter serving in the merchant marine with the P&O Line, Walter Hume migrated to Queensland from England in 1862 to train as a surveyor. Soon he was joined by his widowed mother and four siblings; then in 1866 by his fiancée, Katie Fowler. The varying fortunes of each family member reveal how personality, background and the social, economic and political conditions in the colony determined their success. This is an exceptional exposé of the social aspiration and elitism of an upwardly mobile family in colonial Queensland. Resident at Toowoomba and later Brisbane, this book takes a close look at the Humes’ in both communities.

Winner of the 2012 Queensland Family History Society Book Award
Winner of a National Trust of Queensland Governor’s Award (Silver) – 2012.


Citizen soldiers in colonial Queensland, 1860 – 1903

'A Most Promising Corp' cover

Covering the stories of Queensland’s colonial military, this book ranges from the establishment of the first volunteer force at Brisbane’s police station in 1860 through military units formed in more than forty towns across Queensland. ‘A Most Promising Corps’ examines in detail the history of Queensland’s colonial military and naval units on a town by town basis in alphabetical order, providing where possible lists of officers who served in each location.


Written collaboratively by historians of the Study Group and edited by Geoff Ginn, Hilary Davies and Brian Rough.


Middle-class social mobility in colonial Queensland

For Journeys through Queensland history; landscape, place and society, Proceedings of the Professional Historians Association (Qld) conference Brisbane 3-4 September 2009  


A case study of Walter and Katie Hume. The biography of Walter and Katie Hume is a story of social mobility in colonial Queensland between 1863, during the colony’s infancy, and its metamorphosis into a state in the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. It depicts the family’s rise in status and wealth from struggling middle-class origins to membership of Queensland’s social elite. Their story exemplifies the personal attributes and cultural background necessary to exploit opportunities for success within the parameters of the political, economic and social development of the colony.


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