• Welcome to The Royal Historical Society of Queensland

    Welcome to The Royal Historical Society of Queensland

  • Yes we

    Yes we're open!

    The Commissariat Store Museum and RHSQ Headquarters remains open during the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane construction period.
  • Home
    The Society’s headquartered in the Commissariat Store in the Brisbane CBD. The convict-built Commissariat Store is Queensland’s oldest habitable, and most significant heritage building.
  • Commissariat Store Museum

    Commissariat Store Museum

    The Society manages the Commissariat Store Museum. The museum highlights various aspects of Queenslands convict, colonial and contemporary history. With the generous support of our volunteers the Museum is open 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday. A small admission fee applies.
  • Events and Activities

    Events and Activities

    The Society maintains an active program events to promote Queensland History. These include regular lunch time talks, themed RHSQ @home days, our Annual History Seminar, The Queensland Day Dinner, Separation Day Cocktails and other events from time to time.
  • Publications


    The Royal Historical Society of Queensland are active publishers of Queensland History related material. Our main publication is the Queensland History Journal, published quarterly, a copy of which is supplied to members. From time to time the Society also publishes other works.


Support the research, publication and promotion of Queensland History through membership of The Royal Historical Society of Queensland.

Benefits include receiving the Queensland History Journal, Bulletin and members’ rates at most RHSQ events.

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The Royal Historical Society of Queensland and the Commissariat Store Museum function only with the generous assistance of our volunteers. The Society is always seeking volunteers. While membership is not a requirement to volunteer, all members are encouraged to take an active interest in their Society.

Opportunities for volunteers are wide and varied. Our volunteers guide visitors around the convict-built Commissariat Store Museum, manage the museum collection and create the museum displays, manage the Welsby Library, provide research assistance, produce our publications including the monthly Bulletin, the Queensland History Journal and various books, maintain our website and marketing channels and provide general administrative assistance.

Our team of volunteers come from many different backgrounds and join us for a variety of reasons. We’ve welcomed university students, people on a career break, retirees and even busy professionals who have a little spare time. All our volunteers make a fantastic contribution to the Society by promoting the history Queensland and preserving our past.

Volunteering enquiries should be directed to RHSQ Administration and Museum Manager Ilona Fekete.



Featured Publication

Lost Brisbane 2


Lost Brisbane 2

The Royal Historical Society of Queensland is pleased to announce that Lost Brisbane 2 and Surrounding Areas: The Later Years is available for purchase. Created in conjunction with QBD The Bookshop, Lost Brisbane 2 is a spectacular collection of photographs from the Society’s photographic collection accompanied by detailed captions to tell the story of each photo. 

The book is not only about buildings and places that no longer exist. It highlights the changes in landscapes, streetscapes, work places, transport, and recreational pursuits. The camera unleashed a great opportunity to record the life of the city and panoramas from key vantage points show how the landscape has changed.

Lost Brisbane was compiled over many thousands of hours by the volunteers on the RHSQ Publications Team – Kay Cohen, Val Donovan, Ruth Kerr, Margaret Kowald, Lyndsay Smith and Jean Stewart.

Lost Brisbane is available for purchase from the Commissariat Store for $35.00 per copy.

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New item in our bookshop: "Year of Disaster - Brisbane 1864" by Duncan Richardson. Check out this fascinating local history of plague, fire, cyclone and flood. ... See MoreSee Less

New item in our bookshop: Year of Disaster - Brisbane 1864 by Duncan Richardson. Check out this fascinating local history  of plague, fire, cyclone and flood.

Upcoming RHSQ Events

Queensland Deposit Bank / Jon Stanford

Queensland Deposit Bank / Jon Stanford

Wed Aug 9th, 2017, 12:30PM - Wed Aug 9th, 2017, 1:30PM

RHSQ Annual Seminar

RHSQ Annual Seminar

Sat Sep 2nd, 2017, 9:00AM - Sat Sep 2nd, 2017, 1:00PM

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