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The history of Queensland encompasses both a long Aboriginal Australian presence as well as the more recent European settlement. Before being charted and claimed for Great Britain by Lieutenant James Cook in 1770, the coast of north-eastern Australia was explored by Dutch and French navigators. Queensland separated from the Colony of New South Wales in 1859.


Queensland History. It is difficult to know precisely when the Aboriginal people first arrived in Queensland. The oral tradition of Aboriginal people, passed down through myths and legends of the Dreaming, tells us that they lived in what we now know as Queensland for many thousands of years prior to European settlement. Archaeological sites in ...


The Queensland government and other Queensland organisations commemorated the occasion with many events and publications, including the announcement of the top 150 icons of Queensland by the Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, and the creation of monuments at significant survey points in Queensland's history to honour the many early explorer ...


Queensland, state of northeastern Australia, occupying the wettest and most tropical part of the continent.It is bounded to the north and east by the Coral Sea (an embayment of the southwestern Pacific Ocean), to the south by New South Wales, to the southwest by South Australia, and to the west by the Northern Territory.The capital is Brisbane, on the state’s southeastern coast.


The Royal Historical Society of Queensland actively publishes Queensland’s history. Our main publication is the Queensland History Journal, published quarterly, a copy of which is supplied to members. From time to time the Society also publishes other works.


Queensland's cultural heritage, knowledge and documented history is held in public libraries, Indigenous Knowledge Centres, historical societies, community museums, regional galleries, schools, universities, community spaces, private collections and businesses across Queensland. State Library invites you to be involved and engage with our content.


Queensland is commonly called the Sunshine State, as it is often blanketed by sun throughout the year. This has led to Queensland’s ‘outdoor’ culture, which has been prevalent in shaping the habits, events and lifestyles of the locals. This province of north-eastern Australia has been a self ...


Queensland History Timeline BC - 1700s (50,000BC) Aborigines began to arrive (1606) Dutch explorer, Willem Jansz, became first European to arrive on Queensland coast (1770) Captain James Cook mapped the eastern coastline, claimed it for England 1800s (1901) Queensland became a State of the Commonwealth of Australia, along with New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and ...


History of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Many archaeological sites in Queensland have been dated between 15,000 and 30,000 years ago.


Music Queensland, an online archive of uniquely Queensland music scores is launched. 2005: Indigenous Knowledge Centres are established at Cherbourg, Badu and Seisia. Manuscripts Queensland is launched providing online access to original material collections held in the John Oxley Library and the Australian Library of Art.