The Bremer River

Looks at the history of Ipswich’s Bremer River, covering the early explorers, the convict out-station on the river, it’s time as a “working river” for the coal mines, sawmills and woollen mills.

Coal in Queensland

A well-known series by R.L. Whitmore detailing the history of coal in Queensland.

Deebing Creek & Purga Missions 1892-1948

History of the Deebing Creek Aboriginal Home; discusses the Aboriginal groups whose land was in the vacinity of the mission: Yuggerabul.

Ipswich Heritage Study

This comprehensive study features information about places of cultural significance within the City of Ipswich. 

Expanded Ipswich Heritage Study

The initial heritage study was expanded to include areas of cultural heritage significance in the former Moreton Shire area.

Gone, But Not Forgotten: Ipswich Cemetery 1842-1868

Covers the deaths of early Ipswich residents and offers insights into their lives as well as the role played by doctors, chemists, undertakers and clergy.

Ipswich and District Pioneer Register

A compilation of early pioneers in Ipswich and surrounding districts, including details of spouses and children.

Ipswich in the 20th Century

Covers the history of the city from 1904-2004.

Ipswich Municipal Centenary

A history of Ipswich from early exploration until 1960. 

Jubilee History of Ipswich

Details the early exploration and settlement of Ipswich as well as the city’s municipal, industrial and social progress from 1860 to 1910.

Remembering the Forgotten

The first comprehensive study of the Deebing Creek Aboriginal Mission in Queenslanda mission which began at a site near Ipswich in the late 1880s and which closed during World War I.

Moreton Shire Queensland – Discovery and Settlement

Provides a history of the towns and suburbs that were part of the former Moreton Shire.

Digitised Newspapers

Historical editions of several local newspapers are available via Trove.

Estate Maps & Architectural Plans
Estate Maps

Ipswich Libraries holds numerous estate maps for the region. These may prove useful for tracing the history of your house.

Architectural Plans

George Brockwell Gill was an important local architect and Ipswich Libraries has a number of architectural plans for buildings he designed for our city.


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