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Queensland State Archives (QSA) has many treasures and resources for both government and public clients. We host regular events and have displays of some of our collections. Visit our Facebook pageFlickr page or the QSA blog for a glimpse into our collections, or sign up to our e-newsletter by sending your name and email address to

Creative in Residence Program

QSA is accepting applications for its 2019 Creative in Residence Program. The program offers Queensland-based creatives the opportunity to work with QSA’s historical collection, developing output related to your creative practice.

QSA welcomes applications from artists, musicians, poets, writers, photographers and performers with project proposals that transform our collection into works that spark public curiosity and demonstrate the richness of Queensland’s culture and history.

The deadline for applications is midnight, 6 May 2019.

Exhibition: Birdcage of the Bay: St Helena Island Prison

Birdcage of the Bay recreates the prison stockade using plans from the collection of Queensland State Archives and other historical sources to show the extent of the prison establishment.

During the years of St Helena’s operation only prisoners, guards and their families experienced life in the stockade, while visitors met prisoners in a hot, mosquito-infested building known as the ‘birdcage’.

Birdcage of the Bay offers glimpses of life at the St Helena Island Prison beyond the walls of the visitor box.

Come visit the exhibition from 25 March to 6 September, or book for a for a free one-hour Curator tour at these times:

  • 10am, Wednesday 1 May
  • 1pm, Wednesday 29 May
  • 10am, Wednesday 24 July
  • 1pm, Wednesday 4 September.

Queensland State Archives is open from 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, and the second Saturday of every month. We’re located at 435 Compton Rd, Runcorn.

QSA’s ‘Memory Lounge’ Archives and Dementia Program open for bookings

The Memory Lounge is a welcoming space within Queensland State Archives’ Reading Room that provides individuals with an opportunity to connect with cherished moment and shared memories, with carers and expert company.

The lounge is a comfortable and welcoming space inspired by mid-century interiors with furnishings selected to create a dementia-friendly environment. Program visitors will be accompanied by a trained staff member to explore archival photos from the records and enjoy a light morning tea.

Queensland State Archives in recognised by Dementia Australia as a Dementia Friendly Organisation.

Community members and residential care facilities are welcome to book into the following sessions:

  • Tuesday 28 May 10.30am
  • Tuesday 25 June 10.30am
  • Tuesday 6 August 10.30am
  • Tuesday 12 November 10.30am

Places are limited. Additional private bookings can be arranged in advance by email.

Please contact for bookings or more information.

QSA Talks: Governing the Flu - Queensland’s anti-epidemic measures 1919

Friday 10 May 10.30-11.30am

Join author Matthew Wengert as he discusses his book 'City in Masks: How Brisbane fought the Spanish Flu'. Matthew’s research draws on QSA records related to the 1919 Pneumonic Influenza (‘Spanish Flu’) epidemic, including correspondence files between departmental health officials and medical practitioners, as well as statistical records and gazetted regulations. The 1919 epidemic was an unprecedented global event that cost millions of lives, and the records within QSA’s collection reveal the preparations and responses of the Queensland Government to this threat.

About Matthew Wengert

Matthew Wengert is a researcher and writer with a particular interest in medical history and Queensland’s colonial frontier. In 2017 he was awarded a Griffith Review Writing Fellowship, and in 2018 received the Brisbane City Council’s Lord Mayor’s Helen Taylor Research Award for Local History (which funded the ‘City in Masks’ project). His next major project is a book titled ‘Thomas Griffin’s Fall’, a factual story of greed and murder in central Queensland in the 1860s.

QSA Talks in a series of free history seminars hosted by Queensland State Archives.

Free tickets are available online.

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