Eileen Johnson is thrilled that her genealogy research has been recorded on five CDs.
Eileen Johnson is thrilled that her genealogy research has been recorded on five CDs. Jocelyn Watts

Local history recorded onto disc

IMMIGRANTS who came to Australia through the Port of Maryborough, more than 60,000 Wide Bay students, and Queensland’s crown land sales and deaths during World War II are recorded on newly released CDs.

Maryborough historian Eileen Johnson said she was ecstatic to finally have in her possession the CDs that took 12 months to produce.

“I’ve worked and worked on this,” the former stenographer said.

“They’ve been published previously in books and on microfiche but people and society are going digital so I’ve re-released them in a format that’s compatible.

“You don’t realise the glitches that can appear when transferring data from one format to another. For example some figures were shown as fractions, not percentages ... but that’s all been fixed now.”

Ms Johnson said 60,536 students who attended over 100 schools in the Wide Bay between 1868 and 1991 were recorded on one CD.

“It’s not a complete record as some registers haven’t survived,” she explained.

The Queensland Crown Land Sales covers 8600 records from 1842 to 1861 including the buyer’s name, years of sale and the county or parish in which the land was located. It also indexes 127,300 land sales in Qld between 1860 and 1911.

The Nominal Roll of Queensland Deaths WWII disc contains records on the deaths of 5600 service members from 1939 to 1947.

Port of Maryborough 1861 – 1901 contains information on the 20,735 immigrants who arrived in the Heritage City. Data includes the immigrant’s name, age, vessel, departure port and date, arrival port and date, landing date, number of passengers landed, the captain/master of the ship, comments and agent.

The CDs are available by contacting Ms Johnson on 4129 7130 or PO Box 4185, Tinana, 4650.



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