The records listed below can be useful for tracing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family history. Each page has information about where records are found and how they can be accessed. Find out how records can help you piece together the puzzles of your family tree.
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To apply for a birth, death or marriage certificate outside of Queensland please visit the appropriate registry office for more details.
State Library of Queensland has copies of indexes to births, deaths and marriages. See Research Guide : Births, deaths and marriages for more information.
Papua New Guinea
Enquiries about births, deaths and marriages that occurred in Papua New Guinea can be made by writing to:
Papua New Guinea
Office of Civil Registry
Department for Community Development
PO Box 7354
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Telephone: 0011 675 323 6154
Facsimile: 0011 675 232 1056
If you have not been able to find a certificate of birth, death or marriage other information may be available:
Held at State Library of Queensland:
Find out more about Court and Police Records in the AIATSIS guide.
Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders are sometimes named in station records such as:
Held at James Cook University:
Search our catalogue:
The Queensland Government has more information in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community histories.
Church records can include:
The major Queensland churches with records about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are:
Anglican Church - Records and Archives Centre
Australian Christian Churches
Catholic Church - Archives of Archdiocese of Brisbane
For more information also contact the Genealogical Society of Queensland.
This Church was involved with Aurukun (1904-1987), Mornington Island (1914-1978) and Weipa (1896-1966). To find records for your family check the book, Mission Time.
All records for former children in care have been sent to Sydney. The Salvation Army ran Indooroopilly Boys Home (Alkira), Riverview and Boothville hospital and the Purga Aboriginal School between 1915 and 1948.
Seventh Day Adventist Church
This Church ran the Mona Mona Mission between 1913 and 1962.
The John Oxley Library manuscripts collection holds Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Queensland records. The conditions for access are as follows: unrestricted access to records more than 20 years old; baptismal, marriage and burial registers are restricted in accordance with the Registrar General's Office, Queensland.
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