Welsby Library

The Royal Historical Society of Queensland is well-known for its Welsby Library at our headquarters, in the Commissariat Store at 115 William Street, Brisbane. The Welsby Library is open on Thursdays from 10 am to 4 pm and Honorary Research Officers are available to assist researchers, and at other times by arrangement. Most of the research officers are experienced historians.

Available to researchers is the Welsby Library’s comprehensive collection of items that are of interest to those researching Queensland’s history. Our collection includes  books, booklets, and files, including photographs, many of which have been digitised, as well as maps and plans, and other archival material.

The Library also holds various Queensland Parliamentary Papers, Votes and Proceedings of the Legislative Assembly and Queensland Government Gazettes from 1861 to 1899.

The RHSQ’s Welsby Library is normally an excellent place to start your research on many Queensland topics. To request help with a research question email your request.

ItemRHSQ memberCorporationsGeneral public
Brief outline of records held by RHSQFreeFreeFree
Research by email/letter/phoneFree$300/day or
Use of library including research assistancefree$300/day or
$150/3 hrs
Material from Kerr database $1/page
Photographs taken by camera/phone$0.30/photograph
Image reproduction from RHSQ's collection$ 1/image printed on copy paper
$10/image scanned on client's USB/CD
$10/per image sent by email
Postage$9/up to 500g
$15/from 500g up to 5kg

Pay online

Payment can be made also in cash, by credit card , direct debit into the Society’s account:

Bank: Commonwealth Bank

Account name: Royal Historical Society of Queensland

BSB: 064 001          Account No: 0091 1840

In certain instances the RHSQ may exercise discretion in changing fees. These instances include, but are not limited to, kindred societies and students. Photocopying, image reproduction and postage costs apply to both members and non-members.

If the photograph is to be reproduced in a publication, the RHSQ should be informed of the type of publication and the photograph should be acknowledged as follows: RHSQ Photographic Collection. Additional charges may be applied in specific circumstances.

All material from the Kerr database should carry the RHSQ’s stamp.