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Date and time: 26 Jul 2014 6:33 AM

Fortune and Misfortune: Parish Chest, Poor Law, and Bankruptcy

When: 2 August 2014 - 9.00 am to 12.30 pm

Where: Queensland Baptists Conference Centre, 53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne

Parish Chest 3

Cost: $15.00 members and $20 non-members (includes morning tea)

 Presenters: Bev Bonning, Sue Reid, and Chris Schuetz

The Parish Chest and Poor Law. The records from the Parish Chest provide a contemporary and revealing insight into the social fabric of the parish and how the parish dealt with issues of providing relief to the poor, aged, and infirm. With the creation of the Poor Law Unions in the 1800s, this responsibility passed to civil administration with its resulting copious and detailed record keeping.

Mid-Nineteenth Century Bankruptcy in England. This presentation will examine the difference between bankrupts and insolvent debtors, and look at some available sources to discover more information about those people unable to pay their debts.

Mid-Nineteenth Century Bankruptcy in Australia: an untapped source of information for family historians. For some, bankruptcy was just a part of doing business but it could also change lives—and for us—leave a paper trail. This presentation will look at some examples of personal and corporate insolvency and show how these records can enrich our knowledge of our ancestors’ lives.

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Open Day 2014

QFHS Library and Resource Centre

58 Bellevue Avenue, Gaythorne

23 August 2014 - 10.00 am to 3.00 pm

Learn from our experts how to find out more about your family: their lives, loves, and losses. What is the truth behind that family story, that old photograph, that box of letters? Our members will show you through our Library and Resource Centre, introduce you to our many skilled family historians. We will explain to you how our books, maps, indexes, and many more resources may assist to add fascinating detail to your family tree.


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QFHS Seminars and Training Courses

Fortune and misfortune: parish chest, po…

Presenter/s: Bev Bonning, Sue Reid, and Chris Schuetz

When: 2 August 2014

Fortune and misfortune: parish chest, poor law, and bankruptcy

Bev Bonning has been researching her families since the beginning of this century, and has overcome many of the brickwalls in t…


Overlooked Resources at QFHS

Presenter: Ann Swain

When: 8 August 2014 - 10.00 am to 11.30 am

Overlooked Resources at QFHS

Are you neglecting valuable resources at the QFHS Library and Resource Centre—information sources that are not available on gener…


Inmates: asylums, prisons, and hospitals…

Presenter/s: Shauna Hicks and Pauleen Cass

When: 4 October 2014

Inmates: asylums, prisons, and hospitals

Shauna Hicks is an archivist, librarian, and family historian with over thirty-five years’ experience. She is the author of a n…


Australian Joint Copying Project

Presenter: Ann Swain

When: 10 October 2014 - 10.00 am to 11.30 am

Australian Joint Copying Project

The Australian Joint Copying Project, begun in 1945 to copy Australasian material held in UK repositories, produced over 10,000 r…


Beginners' Course

Presenter: Max Hill

When: 12 September 2014 - 10.00 am to 11.30 am

Beginners' Course

A beginners' class for those people who have little or no family history experience. If you wish to start the journey to find you…


Scottish Research: How to get started

Presenter: Chris Schuetz

When: 14 November 2014 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Scottish Research: How to get started

Researching in Scotland is not difficult but it is a little different to other places, so it may help to have some pointers. Come…



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Commonwealth Electoral Roll (Queensland) 1906 $51.50 incl P&P $2.00
Commonwealth Electoral Roll (Queensland) 1906