Did your ancestors immigrate to Queensland? Find out whether they became British subjects through naturalization – and, if so, when they decided to make that step.
Each record includes a transcript. The amount of information listed varies, but Queensland Naturalizations 1851-1904 records usually include the following information:
State and country
The Queensland Naturalizations 1851-1904 index was compiled from various records created by the Supreme Court of the Brisbane, Rockhampton and Townsville districts, the Colonial Secretary’s Office and the Government Residents Office.
These records included correspondence, naturalization files, certificates of naturalization and associated papers, and oaths of allegiance that were sworn by ‘aliens’ who were in the process of being naturalized.
They contain the names of individuals who took oaths of allegiance in order to be naturalized as British subjects under the Queensland colony’s Aliens Act 1867. This legislation was later replaced when the Commonwealth Naturalization Act 1903 came into force on 1 January 1904.
Details listed about the immigrants who were naturalized include their full name, the number of the oath they took, their trade or profession, and the date when they enrolled.
When searching the index, remember to check all possible spelling variations and keep in mind that all first names are abbreviated as they appeared in the original records.
The Queensland Naturalizations 1851-1904 index was sourced from Queensland State Archives.
The naturalization records that the Queensland Naturalizations 1851-1904 index is based upon are available on microfilm in both Queensland State Archives’ Public Search Room at Runcorn, Brisbane, as well as at the State Library of Queensland.
To learn more about how to use the index to order copies of the original documents follow the link to the archives in Useful Links & Resources. To order, you must complete an index order form on the archive’s site. Note that charges apply for these copies.
Copyright BSORI. Data provided by Queensland State Archives and published under Creative Commons Licence 3.0: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/au/legalcode