- The second of the Harry Gentle Resource Centre seminar series will be held at the Queensland State Archives on Friday 16 June, 10.30am - 11.30am. Dr Ray Kerkhove will be speaking about his project of mapping the tide of frontier resistance across southern Queensland, pinpointing the details and locations of frontier battles.
- The official launch of the Harry Gentle Resource Centre was held on Friday 21 April 2017 at the Southbank Campus of Griffith University. Harry's brother Neil provided insight into the man who so generously bequeathed part of his estate to Griffith University. The family was thrilled with the new resource centre that now bears Harry's name. Neil claimed he could feel the enthusiasm that exists for the project. What better compliment could we receive?
- The Queensland State Archives is hosting a seminar series featuring presentations from the Harry Gentle Resource Centre visiting fellows. The topic for each seminar is based on each visiting fellow's respective topic - Frontier Battlefields, Native Police Movements and Activities in SE Queensland and Policing a Colonial Metropolis: from Moreton Bay to Brisbane. The seminar series will be held in May, June and July 2017.
- We are currently inviting applications for a Honours Scholarship (Doc 35.87k) and Visiting Fellowships (Doc 36.6k).
- In this short youtube video Bill Kitson, historian and former Curator of the Museum of Lands, Mapping and Surveying talks about early Queensland surveyors and how they played a role in shaping the state.
- Virtual Meanjin, a cultural heritage simulation, takes you back in time to experience what the Brisbane CBD was like before British settlement. Take a journey through a spectacular natural environment based on the area's actual topography, vegetation and animals, as informed by research and the stories of the local Turrbal and Jagera people. Virtual Meanjin was created by Brett Leavy, a virtual heritage artist and historian.
- The Harry Gentle Resource Centre Visiting Fellow Anastasia Dukova has recently published A History of the Dublin Metropolitan Police and its Colonial Legacy (Palgrave Macmillan). Dr Dukova received the Brisbane City Council’s Helen Taylor Research Award for local history in 2016 and has produced a website Digital Colonial Brisbane
Welcome to the Harry Gentle Resource Centre
The Harry Gentle Resource Centre (HGRC) is dedicated to the study of the peoples and lands of Australia, with an initial focus on the area that became Queensland in 1859. It offers a portal of interactive resources, research publications, commentaries and research aids.
The Centre aims to facilitate access to published and unpublished information for the period up to the 1850s, which represents an era of intercultural encounters. It seeks to document particularly the lives and experiences of those persons, groups and organisations that have not been the subject of historical investigation by collating an inventory of the diversity and claims on country that made up the early colonial period. This includes Indigenous diplomats and resisters, interpreters and guides, convicts and free-born, shipwrecks and settlers, religious and military – the whole range of contributors to a new era.
As the Centre develops it will host visiting researchers and research higher degree students to contribute to the broader history of this period. The Centre seeks collaborations with institutional repositories and local history organisations to facilitate access to relevant materials. It will become a rich resource for family history researchers and genealogists, and anyone interested in intercultural encounters and the earliest period of colonial settlement in Queensland. It will seek community engagement through volunteer contributions (Read more: Become Involved) and foster a nexus between research and teaching by engaging undergraduate students in the production of digital history.
This project arises from a generous bequest of Griffith University alumnus Harry Gentle (Read more: Harry Gentle Biography).