• Welcome to The Royal Historical Society of Queensland

    Welcome to The Royal Historical Society of Queensland

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    The Society’s headquartered in the Commissariat Store in the Brisbane CBD. The 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

    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.

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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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The program for Ties that bind - Lebanese in Queensland seminar has been confirmed.
The exhibition and seminar will be launched by Senator Claire Moore and opened by Anthony Torbey, the Honorary Consul of Lebanon.

Speakers include: Dr Anne Monsour (president of Australian Lebanese Historical Society), Katrin Hurlimann-Graham (Queensland State Archives), Yvonne Matta, Antoine Ghanem, Hana Torbey, Stefan Ackerie and Mona Obeid.

Please contact the RHSQ to register: (07) 3321 4198 or info@queenslandhistory.org.au

Places are limited.

This special day of history will be held at the Commissariat Store, 115 William Street on 22 April, 2017 at 10am with panel discussion finishing at 1pm.

Tickets are $25 for RHSQ and ALHS members, and $30 for guests.
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The program for Ties that bind - Lebanese in Queensland seminar has been confirmed. 
The exhibition and seminar will be launched by Senator Claire Moore and opened by Anthony Torbey, the Honorary Consul of Lebanon.

 Speakers include: Dr Anne Monsour (president of Australian Lebanese Historical Society), Katrin Hurlimann-Graham (Queensland State Archives), Yvonne Matta, Antoine Ghanem, Hana Torbey, Stefan Ackerie and Mona Obeid. 

Please contact the RHSQ to register: (07) 3321 4198 or info@queenslandhistory.org.au

Places are limited.

This special day of history will be held at the Commissariat Store, 115 William Street on 22 April, 2017 at 10am with panel discussion finishing at 1pm. 

Tickets are $25 for RHSQ and ALHS members, and $30 for guests.

Commissariat Store added 6 new photos.

Did you know that Shorncliffe used to be Sandgate, and Sandgate was Sandgate Central? You can find these beautiful collectable vintage postcards depicting Sandgate and Shorncliffe in 1909-1921 at the Commissariat Store Museum ($1.00 each, or $5 for six cards).

Selection includes:

Bathing in Brighton, Sandgate 1909
A Quiet Spot, Cabbage Tree Creek, Sandgate 1909
Sandgate from the Pier 1909
"The Rocks" Shorncliffe, Sandgate 1911
Moora Park Beach, Sandgate 1913
Flinders Parade, Sandgate 1909
View from the Pier, Sandgate 1911
Town Hall, Sandgate 1909
Cabbage Tree Creek, Sandgate 1913
Near Jetty, Woody Point 1921
Memorial Hall and School of Arts, Woody Point 1921
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Did you know that Shorncliffe used to be Sandgate, and Sandgate was Sandgate Central? You can find these beautiful collectable vintage postcards depicting Sandgate and Shorncliffe in 1909-1921 at the Commissariat Store Museum ($1.00 each, or $5 for six cards).

Selection includes:

Bathing in Brighton, Sandgate 1909
A Quiet Spot, Cabbage Tree Creek, Sandgate 1909
Sandgate from the Pier 1909
The Rocks Shorncliffe, Sandgate 1911
Moora Park Beach, Sandgate 1913
Flinders Parade, Sandgate 1909
View from the Pier, Sandgate 1911
Town Hall, Sandgate 1909
Cabbage Tree Creek, Sandgate 1913
Near Jetty, Woody Point 1921
Memorial Hall and School of Arts, Woody Point 1921

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Marion LovelThis is very interesting for me as in the 50's we would travel from Ipswich by train to spend the day on the beach and visit relatives who used to hire inflatable tubs for use in water. Walking to and from the station made it a very long day. Had many a holiday at their house in Cotton Street in those days. After everyone had left the beach for the day I would look in the bins for soft drink bottles to return to the shop and receive the deposit they had paid. This enabled my pocket money to last longer. Great memories .

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Are you a people person? Or do you like things to be well organised? Or both? We are currently recruiting volunteers for the positions of receptionist (Fridays) and tour guide (Tue, Wed, Fri) at the Commissariat Store Museum. To join our fantastic team of volunteers, please contact Sanna Nalder at 3221 4198 or info@queenslandhistory.org.au for more details. ... See MoreSee Less

Are you a people person? Or do you like things to be well organised? Or both? We are currently recruiting volunteers for the positions of receptionist (Fridays) and tour guide (Tue, Wed, Fri) at the Commissariat Store Museum. To join our fantastic team of volunteers, please contact Sanna Nalder at 3221 4198 or info@queenslandhistory.org.au for more details.

Upcoming RHSQ Events

Wednesday Lunchtime talk: The Mephisto Tank

Wednesday Lunchtime talk: The Mephisto Tank

Wed Apr 12th, 2017, 12:30PM - Wed Apr 12th, 2017, 2:00PM

Saturday Seminar with The Australian Lebanese Historical Society

Saturday Seminar with The Australian Lebanese Historical Society

Sat Apr 22nd, 2017, 10:00AM - Sat Apr 22nd, 2017, 1:00PM

Wednesday Lunchtime talk: Colonial era guns

Wednesday Lunchtime talk: Colonial era guns

Wed May 10th, 2017, 12:30PM - Wed May 10th, 2017, 2:00PM

Queensland Day Dinner

Queensland Day Dinner

Tue Jun 6th, 2017, 6:00PM - Tue Jun 6th, 2017, 9:30PM

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