For part of 1908-1909, old age pensions in Queensland were the responsibility of the Queensland State Government. These records have details of more than nine thousand men and women who applied for the old age pension, including many whose applications were rejected (some because they were too young). Other reasons for rejection may provide a fascinating insight into an applicant's character or habits. This really is a unique and wonderful genealogy tool, and a must for anyone researching their family history or building a family tree!
Sources indexed (held at Queensland State Archives):
Extra details that may be in the original records (but not in the index):
A/4774 and COL/458 usually give:
Similar details are usually in CPS11C/15 and CPS11E/20, which sometimes also specify marital status, full address, exact date of birth and spouse's name.
COL/138 consists of copies of letters from the Home Office to, or about, some pensioners.
The Old Age Pensions Act of 1908 occupied twelve pages of the Queensland Government Gazette. The main criteria for eligibility are summarised here.