Image of a watercolour painting, by Henry Boucher Bowman, of Moreton Bay Settlement New South Wales in 1835; State Library of Queensland, Image number 3944-1v000r001 Image of a watercolour painting, by Henry Boucher Bowman, of Moreton Bay Settlement New South Wales in 1835; State Library of Queensland, Image number 3944-1v000r001 The correspondence of the Colonial Secretary is one of the most valuable sources of information on all aspects of the history of the Colony and the State of New South Wales. Chiefly responsible for this was the Colonial Secretary's pre-eminence in public life and the fortunate occurrence of the survival of the greater part of his papers. NSW State Archives & Records website - Colonial Secretary's Correspondence Guide There are a number of indexes to locate information relevant to a range of aspects of the history of Queensland. Historic events and individuals are listed. Use the indexes to locate the relevant documents on microfilm. Introduction to the records During the late 1960s and early 1970s, the John Oxley Librarian negotiated with the Archives Authority of New South Wales to undertake a filming program to copy all correspondence relating to the Moreton Bay settlement and the area which after December 1859 became known as the Colony of Queensland. The films held at the State Library of Queensland were designated the A2 series, starting with Reel A2.1, progressing through to A2.53 in chronological order; although one reel might contain records for more than one year. As the correspondence commenced in 1822 and continued until late 1859 (this continuing project currently covers to 1852 plus 1859), the material is of particular interest to researchers of the years of penal settlement followed by the period after 1842 when the district was opened to free settlers. In many cases annotations on the back of letters indicate the decision taken by the Governor and the course of action taken. On occasions, earlier or later documentation between the settlement and headquarters which concerned the same subject was batched and filmed together. Letters were sent by well-known personalities such as Commandants Miller, Logan, Clunie, Fyans, Cotton, Gravatt and Gorman to Governors Brisbane, Darling, Bourke, Gipps and Denison. Also reports appear created by Surveyor Generals Oxley and Mitchell, Master Attendant John Nicholson, Doctors Cowper, Murray, Robertson, Ballow and Cannan, the Reverends John Vincent, Johannes Handt and John Gregor plus other eminent pioneers. Contrasting with official circulars and despatches can be found convict petitions, applications by early settlers and listings of land sales. This inspiring source, outlining the establishment of the colony of Queensland from its inception, has now been indexed by a State Library volunteer Christine D’Ath to provide easy access to the reels. For material between 1822 and December 1825, an index created by State Records of New South Wales to The Papers of the New South Wales Colonial Secretary 1788-1825 should also be consulted. [This index is available online at NSW State Archives and Records, or at State Library. The material referred to in the index is available at the family history area on level 3.] Dr Jennifer Harrison Index An index has been created for each microfilm and a number of reels have yet to be indexed. To locate the information you need choose which date range you want, click on the link to open a pdf, then do a keyword search of the document. Once you have located a reference, make a note of the reel number and page number. To find the material on microfilm visit the family history area on level 3 or use our Ask Us enquiry service to get a copy. A2 series microfilm New South Wales - Colonial Secretary Letters Received 1826 - 1934 Letters relating to Moreton Bay and Queensland, 1822 - 1860 From the Originals in the Archives Office of New South Wales Reels A2.1 – A2.53 - Contents of all the reels [PDF 91 kb] Download Years: 1822 - 1842 (Reels A2.1 to A2.12) 1822-1827 [PDF 679kb] Reel A2.1 - Includes Special Bundle No. 4/1917.1 Download 1827-1828 [PDF 461 kb] Reel A2.2 Download 1828-1829 [PDF 462 kb] Reel A2.3 - Includes Extracts from Special Bundle No. 4/1100.3 (Ships Manifests, 1827 and 1828) Download 1829-1830 [PDF 422 kb] Reel A2.4 Download 1830-1831 [PDF 474 kb] Reel A2.5 Download 1831-1832 [PDF 355 kb] Reel A2.6 Download 1832-1833 [PDF 509 kb] Reel A2.7 Download 1833-1836 [PDF 541 kb] Reel A2.8 Download 1836-1838 [PDF 547 kb] Reel A2.9 Download 1838-1839 [PDF 759 kb] Reel A2.10 Download 1839-1841 [PDF 561 kb] Reel A2.11 - Includes Special Bundle 4/7088 (Penal Settlement Regulations M1099) Download 1841-1842 [PDF 789 kb] Reel A2.12 Download Years: 1842 - 1853 (Reels A2.13 to A2.25) 1842-1843 [PDF 842 kb] Reel A2.13 - Includes Special Bundle 4/7203 (Commissioner of Crown Lands – Moreton Bay, Reports re Border Police 1843-6); Special Bundle 4/7312 (NSW Civil Establishment, Returns of the Agent for Immigration, 1843-50 and 1852-6); and Special Bundle 4/7358 (NSW Civil Establishment, Returns of the Medical Establishment, 1829, 1831, 1833-35, 1837-48) Download 1844-1845 [PDF 766 kb] Reel A2.14 - Includes Special Bundle 4/7358 (NSW Civil Establishment, Returns of the Medical Establishment, 1829, 1831, 1833-35, 1837-48) Download 1845-1846 [PDF 788 kb] Reel A2.15 Download 1846-1847 [PDF 587 kb] Reel A2.16 Download 1847-1848 [PDF 711 kb] Reel A2.17 Download 1848-1849 [PDF 968 kb] Reel A2.18 Download 1849-1850 [PDF 819 kb] Reel A2.19 Download 1850-1851 [PDF 827 kb] Reel A2.20 Download 1851 [PDF 877 kb] Reel A2.21 Download 1851 (continued) [PDF 1.1 MB] Reel A2.22 Download 1852 [PDF 1.1 MB] Reel A2.23 Download 1852 (continued) [PDF 1.1 MB] Reel A2.24 Download 1852-1853 [PDF 1.1 MB] Reel A2.25 Download Years: 1853 - 1856 (Reels A2.26 to A2.37) 1853 [PDF 954 kb] Reel A2.26 Download 1853 (continued) [PDF 1.04 MB] Reel A2.27 Download 1853-1854 [PDF 785 kb] Reel A2.28 Download 1854 [PDF 945 kb] Reel A2.29 Download 1854 (continued) [PDF 875 kb] Reel A2.30 Download 1854-1855 [PDF 896kb] Reel A2.31 Download 1855 [PDF 1.02 MB] Reel A2.32 Download 1855 (continued) [PDF 1.02 MB] Reel A2.33 Download 1855 (continued) [PDF 544 kb] Reel A2.34 Download 1856 [PDF 1.07 MB] Reel A2.35 Download 1856 (continued) [PDF 1.3 MB] Reel A2.36 Download 1856 (continued) [PDF 1.2 MB] Reel A2.37 Download Years: 1857 - 1860 (Reels A2.38 - A2.53) 1857 [PDF 1.78 MB] Reel A2.38 Download 1857-1858 [PDF 1.42 MB] Reel A2.39 Download 1858: Reel A2.40 - Yet to be indexed 1859 [partly indexed] [PDF 634 kb] Reel A2.41 Download 1859 [PDF 568 kb] Reel A2.42 Download 1859 [partly indexed] [PDF 201 kb] Reel A2.43 Download Reels A2.43 [PART] to A2.53 - Yet to be indexed Special bundles of letters and letters found after original microfilming, between 1822 and 1877.