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In 1856, Queensland started compulsory registration of life events. We hold records of life events (births, deaths and marriages) that took place in Queensland between 1829 and present day.

It is free to search historical records online. You can then buy an:

You do not need to provide proof of ID to purchase an historical record.

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Historical records are:

  • births that took place more than 100 years ago
  • marriages that took place more than 75 years ago
  • deaths that occurred more than 30 years ago.

We also hold some historical church records for:

  • baptisms and burials between 1829 and 1856
  • church marriages between 1839 and 1856
  • marine birth and death records until 1920
  • death records for service personnel who enlisted in Queensland for World War I and World War II.

How we offer historical records

You can buy Queensland historical records as:

  • an image of the original register (if available) that you can view, download or print from your own computer. The link will be active for 14 days
  • a certificate printed on historical paper that we post to you.

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Events before 1856

Life events before 1856 have a registration number beginning with 1854, this may not be the year of the event. To find these records, search between 01/01/1829 and 31/12/1856.

What do we mean?

If you find a record for John Citizen born 01/01/1835, the registration number will start with 1854 even though the event happened in 1835.

Available historical certificates and images

We make more historical birth, death and marriage records available each year.


  • 1829 to 1918—images and certificates


  • 1829 to 1979—images and certificates
  • 1980 to 1988—certificates only


  • 1829 to 1943—images and certificates

Last updated
28 May 2018
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