• 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


    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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Wednesday Lunch-time Talk: "Rediscovering Godfrey Rivers"

Wed May 11th, 2016, 12:30PM

Featured Publication

Lost Brisbane Cover


Lost Brisbane and surrounding areas 1860 to 1960 is a joint publication of The Royal Historical Society of Queensland and QBD The Bookshop. It is a spectacular collection of more than 500 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.

RHSQ Updates

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The RHSQ was pleased to welcome guest speaker Murray Bird last week to talk to our members about the origins of Queensland football. Very interesting to know that Australian Rules (or Melbourne/Victorian Rules as it was known then) was the first code played in Queensland!

For more information see Murray's book 'Athenians and Red Invincibles', available at the Society bookstore.
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The research and library team are working hard today, answering research queries and working on the sequel to our best-seller 'Lost Brisbane'!

Have a query about an aspect of Queensland history? Come down and say hello, or contact us at the office on 07 3221 4198 or info@queenslandhistory.org.au.
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Fran StephensHi Ruth, how are you? 😊

2 months ago

Commissariat StoreHi Fran, Ruth is absolutely delighted to hear from you and sends you her best wishes for all your activities including Mines Department work.

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Nicki NooFinally bought the book today. It's wonderful. I spent so long just looking at the endpapers.

2 months ago

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Bonnie JohnstonI very much hope that McWhirters is talked about in your sequel! It seems so verly lost that even a book about 'lost brisbane' cant find it.

2 months ago

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Robyn KinneAre there any images — photos, paintings, etchings, etc — of the civic events that welcomed QLD's first Governor on 10 and 12 December 1859?

2 months ago

Commissariat StoreHi Robyn, we have a drawing of Governor Bowen arriving via boat - if you would like more information, we would be delighted to help. The best way to follow up on this is to email info@queenslandhistory.org.au.

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Upcoming RHSQ Events

Queensland Day Dinner 2016

Mon Jun 6th, 2016, 6:00PM

Wednesday Lunchtime Talk: "Boxer's Legacy - The Story of the Norman Wright Boatyard"

Wed Jun 8th, 2016, 12:30PM

2016 Annual Seminar - 'A history of sport in Queensland'

Sat Jun 18th, 2016, 9:00AM

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