Colonial Secretary’s Correspondence Project

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For over 120 years, State Library of Queensland has preserved the heritage and culture of our state and made it available to everyone. Among their treasured collections is the Colonial Secretary’s Correspondence Collection, specifically the microfilm copies of the original letters related to Moreton Bay and Queensland from 1822 to 1860.

Serving as a vital communication channel between the NSW Governor, government offices, and private settlers, this collection of 16,000 letters offers a profound insight into Queensland’s colonial past.

It includes correspondence from notable figures, Commandants Miller, Logan, Clunie, Fyans, Cotton, Gravatt, and Gorman, along with reports from Surveyor Generals Oxley and Mitchell. The collection encompasses official circulars, despatches, convict petitions, applications by early settlers, and land sales listings, forming an invaluable historical treasure trove.


On behalf of the Queensland Library Foundation, the State Library is reaching out to the community to help them raise funds to propel this collection into the digital era, enabling the creation of an innovative and user-friendly website.

The website aims not only to unlock a wealth of historical information, it will also support researchers, people exploring their family history, First Nations language revitalisation, truth-telling and curriculum requirements of teachers and students.


To help them spread the word, share this website, or contact them at Send them your mailing address and how many Colonial Secretary’s Correspondence Collection information brochures you would like to share with your fellow history lovers.

For further information, discover the Colonial Secretary’s Correspondence Collection.


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