Children enjoy the interactive panorama display of Moreton Bay Penal Settlement in 1835

About Us

Founded in 1913, The Royal Historical Society of Queensland is a vibrant organisation dedicated to promoting Queensland’s history for the benefit of our members, affiliated societies and the broader community.

As Queensland’s peak history body, the Society presents an active program of events, publishes the quarterly award winning Queensland History Journal, maintains an extensive library and museum collections, provides research services and hosts diverse exhibitions in the convict-built Commissariat Store Museum, the oldest occupied building in Queensland.

The Society, a not-for-profit voluntary organisation, is governed by the Constitution of The Royal Historical Society of Queensland. It is comprised of members led by our President who is actively supported by the Council, Manager and several committees dedicated to overseeing various operational aspects of the Society. This team, supported by other dedicated volunteers, implement the objectives of the Society defined within the Constitution, which are principally to:

  • Promote interest in and advance the study of Queensland history
  • Broaden opportunities for the practice and writing of history
  • Preserve documents and manuscripts relating to Queensland history
  • Preserve and display artefacts illustrating Queensland colonial history
  • Study the history of the Commonwealth of Australia and the adjacent islands of the Pacific

The Society welcomes visitors to the Commissariat Store Museum and invites applications for membership from interested persons or organisations within the community.