What's on

Find out more about Queensland State Archives’ exciting events, including workshops, tours and talks.

New COVID-19 restrictions in QSA Reading Room

In line with the recent easing of COVID-19 restrictions, Queensland State Archives’ Reading Room is open to the public.

If you have been to any of the active contact tracing locations during the relevant time periods you should get tested immediately and quarantine at home until you receive a negative test result.

Regardless of where you have been, if you have any COVID-19 symptoms get tested immediately. See where to get tested.

Until 22 January 2021 when you leave home you must carry a face mask with you at all times. At QSA, and at other indoor spaces, you must wear your face mask at all times.

While at QSA please observe social distancing, sanitisation and good hygiene practices. We will continue to provide sanitisation stations for your use.

Book a session before you arrive so we can continue to ensure social distancing.

COVID-19 updates are available on the Queensland Government website.

1990 Cabinet Minutes released

In 1990 ‘U can’t touch this’ by MC Hammer topped the charts, East and West Germany united and the World Wide Web was proposed in Switzerland.

In Queensland we saw daylight savings introduced in the summer of 1989-1990, a new stadium proposed for Townsville and the Indy Car Grand Prix secured for the Gold Coast.

The 1990 Cabinet Minutes show us the government taking up the reforms recommended in the Fitzgerald Inquiry Report, an interim report from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and a commitment to prepare the state for a projected population surge of roughly 500,000 people over the next decade.

You can read the Cabinet Minutes reports by Dr Chris Salisbury, browse the Minutes themselves or search for them on the ArchivesSearch catalogue.

Queensland’s X-Files

Have you ever seen strange lights streaking through the night sky, or heard an unearthly sound, or discovered circles mysteriously cut into crops?

We believe the truth is out there. The truth is also here at Queensland State Archives too.

Police correspondence files reveal that UFO sightings have been reported from the 1950s to the 1980s, from Mt Isa to Southport.

View the collection Queensland’s X-Files.

Newspaper with title "Did a saucer land here?"

Proclamation Day

On 10 December 1859 around 4,000 people gathered in Brisbane to welcome the first Governor of Queensland, Sir George Bowen, and his wife Lady Diamantina.

They walked from the Botanic Gardens up to the Deanery of St John’s Cathedral where the Governor’s Secretary Abram Moriarty read out the Proclamation of Queensland. The Proclamation established the Colony of Queensland, separate to the Colony of New South Wales.

To celebrate, Queensland state Archives is releasing digitised copies of some of Queensland’s earliest records.

Queensland’s Founding Documents is a collection of digitised records that established the Colony, now the State, of Queensland.

They include the Proclamation of Queensland, the Letters Patent, the Order-in-Council and the Governor’s instructions.

We are also asking for your help to assist us in transcribing Governor Bowen’s letters. The letters are written in cursive handwriting. If you need help reading this style of writing, watch this tutorial before you start.

Your contribution to the project will help make Queensland’s founding documents easier to access for current and future generations.

Queensland proclamation document

1970s snapshots of Queensland

From the streets and highways to the dusty dirt roads of the outback, these snapshots of Queensland from the 70s capture the lifestyle, the people and colours of our state.

View the newly released images on Flickr.

Discover Queensland through Q-Album

Q-Album is a new and growing historical collection-sharing platform. Built by QSA and Gaia Resources, Q-Album brings together our archival collection plus smaller historical collections from around Queensland – from Cooktown to Cunnamulla.

Browse through Q-Album to find stunning images from Queensland’s history, compare past and present images of streets and towns using Google Maps, and read the fascinating stories behind the photos.

Historical organisations that would like to share their collections on this free-to-use platform should write to