What we have
Queensland State Archives (QSA) holds permanent records of enduring historical value for the Queensland Government and local governments.
What can I find at QSA?
At QSA you can find records—such as letters, reports, telegrams, photographs, maps, architectural drawings—created by Queensland agencies. These include organisations such as government departments, councils, universities, statutory authorities, boards and so on.
Find out how to start researching.
What can’t I find at QSA?
QSA only holds records that were created or received by Queensland government agencies.
A lot of other historical information can be found and accessed with other organisations. If you are looking for:
- birth, marriage and death certificates - try the historical birth, marriage and death databases at the Department of Justice and Attorney-General
- military service records - try the National Archives of Australia or the Australian War Memorial
- newspapers - try the National Library of Australia’s TROVE database, or your state library
- personal or private collections of individuals - try other archive and library websites.
Only 3% of QSA’s collection is available for viewing online.
Use Image Queensland if you want to search only for digitised records (hardcopy records that have been scanned), or see our online exhibitions for images arranged by themes. You can also view some of the photographs from our collection on Flickr.
What’s not online?
How are archival records arranged?
Archival records are preserved in the original order the government agency put them in. In general, records are not arranged by name, geographical location or very specific subjects. Records are arranged into items, which can be bundles of correspondence, an architectural drawing or a 500-page book. Items are arranged into series, which are groups of items created, received or used in the same activity of the given government agency. Series are then then grouped by the government agency that created the records.