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Madden Records - Australia - Civil Registration - Queensland


The colony of Queensland was established in 1859. [New South Wales is the oldest established Australian colony, established in 1788. Tasmania became a separate colony in 1825 followed by South Australia [1836], Victoria [1851], Queensland [1859] and Western Australia [1887]. In 1901 the six colonies became a Federation of States of the Commonwealth of Australia. Two additional Territories were created in 1911: the Australian Capital Territory & the Northern Territory.]

Civil registration began in Queensland on 1 March 1856. The civil registration records are held by the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, part of the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General. They can be accessed from there online free.

Currently the on-line BMD Indexes for Queensland cover the following years:

- Births 1829 and 1914
- Marriages 1829 and 1929
- Deaths 1829 and 1929

These records also include early church records prior to civil registration: baptisms and burials 1829-1856 and marriages 1839-1856.

The indexes up until 1914 can also be accessed on both microfiche and CD produced by the Queensland Registry. The Queensland Pioneer Index covers the period 1829–1889; the Queensland Federation Index covers the period 1890 and 1914. The CDs were produced using the Digger database software.

The indexes on fiche/CD give an exact event date. Online indexes give only the year of registration. It should also be noted that the registration year may differ from the actual birth and death year if they were registered late. Online death indexes include some notes (birthplace, age etc.) that are not on fiche/CD. Indexes do not say where the event took place, except that 'B' in a registration number means 'Brisbane'. [Reference: Queensland Research Tips by Judy Webster]

The index provides a registration number which can be used to order copies of the original certificate through the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. There is no transcription service as in NSW.