We are really pleased to announce that we have new records available. Discover these new records that will help you find out more information about your ancestors from South Australia and Queensland. The records include catholic baptisms, crown land sales and census records.

South Australia Catholic Baptisms 1840-1863

Prior to 1875 parents were under no obligation to register births and Catholics were actively encouraged not to do so. Therefore these early South Australian Catholic baptism records can be useful as Catholics often failed to register births prior to 1875. A loophole in the legislation meant that if a birth was not registered within six months it could no longer be registered and no fine was applicable. In 1874 legislation corrected this problem and parents then faced a fine for failure to register regardless of the time lapse beyond the 42-day window to register a birth.

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1841 South Australia Census

This is an index of the 1841 South Australia Census containing 7000 records. The page numbering outlined in this listing was created after the papers were transferred to the Archives from the Colonial Secretary's Files held in the Chief Secretary's Office in 1920. The records were originally held in geographical order.

An attempt has been made to link the names in the census with those in the following material:

• Register of Emigrant Labourers seeking Free Passage 1836–1841

• 1840 SA Directory

• 1841 SA Directory

• SA Births 1842–1906

• SA Marriages 1842–1916

• SA Deaths 1842–1915

• Biographical Index of South Australians 1836–1885 [BISA]

• Hotels and Publicans in South Australia

• Government Gazettes to 1842

This should enable the user to identify some of the occupants in households other than the head. The material in each biography only relates to the circumstances of the family up to the census and therefore later births, deaths etc. are not included. Although this information is useful, please be careful and confirm all material as only the most cursory research has been done.

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Crown Land Sales in Queensland 1842-1861

These records are an index of land sales in Queensland spanning 1842 to 1861. Early records in the database are for lands sold before the separation of Queensland from New South Wales while later records, from December 1859 to February 1861, contain details of lands sold after Queensland became a separate colony.

The 1842-1859 records cover lands sold in what later became Queensland. Details recorded in the register include the date of sale or offer at auction, no. of lot, date of selection, county, parish town or place, area (acres, roods, perches), allotment or portion, section, upset price, realized, amount of purchase money, purchaser, residence and remarks.

The registers covering the 1859-1861 period list the date of sale or offer at auction, no. of lot, date, county, parish town or place, area, allotment or portion, upset price, realized, amount of purchase money, purchaser and residence. Places where sales were conducted are Ipswich, Brisbane, Warwick, Drayton, Rockhampton, Dalby, Maryborough, Gayndah, Callandoon, Condamine, and Gladstone.

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Crown Land Sales in Queensland 1860-1911

These records are an index of land sales in Queensland covering 1860 to 1911. These records have been indexed from material created by the Queensland Lands Department and held at the Queensland State Archives, Brisbane.

The main series indexed are as follows:

Triplicate Deeds of Grant - Land Purchase A Registers (Series ID 47; formerly SRS 47) – this series starting in 1860 consists of copies of the original Deeds of Grant. The deed may contain information such as deed number, folio number, county, parish, date of purchase, date of surrendered certificate of title and so much more

Town Lot B Registers (Series ID 46; formerly SRS 46) – this series starting in 1860 consists of deeds issued under various land acts. The information contained on each deeds includes deed number, folio number, county, parish, town, date of purchase, area, plan catalogue number and much more

Registers of Land Purchase Deeds under Pre-Emptive Right (Series ID 10373; formerly A/66816, A/66817 and A/66818) - Under 1847 regulations, lessees of runs in unsettled districts were allowed to purchase portions of their runs before the leases expired. The regulations were repealed in 1869 – there are just two entries in the database after that date. Information in the registers usually includes the name of the purchaser, residence, the amount paid, the area in acres, county, portion and description.

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Return of Crown Lands 1854

These records are an index of land records in Queensland in 1854. The districts listed in this database include: Albert, Bligh, Burnett, Clarence River, Darling Downs, Gwydir, Lachlan, Liverpool Plains, Lower Darling, Macleay River, Maneroo, Maranoa, McLeay, Moreton, Murrumbidgee, New England, Wellington and Wide Bay.

There are six tables that have been indexed:

(1) Return of Crown Lands held under pasture and promise of lease. The number of stock, as given in this return, for each run, is taken from the assessed grazing capabilities of the runs, as far as they have been returned. The government is not in possession of the number actually depastured.

(2) Return of new runs of Crown Lands, under promise of lease, obtained and rented under accepted tender

(3) Return of adjusted, vacated, and forfeited runs of Crown Lands, rented under accepted tender, and under promise of lease

(4) Return of lands brought within the Settled Districts, and at present held, under Order in Council of 19 June, 1850

(5) Return of leases of runs of Crown Lands beyond the Settled Districts issued

(6) Return of applications to purchase portions of Crown Lands beyond the Settled Districts, showing date of application, number of acres applied for, run of which purchased, date of sale, and amount paid where purchase has been completed

The information provided in each of the six tables is not consistent hence some fields have data in only a small number of entries.