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RHSQ Book Fair

September 26, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Free – $10

For the first time since The Royal Historical Society of Queensland was established in 1913, we are having a major sale of historical books, journals and magazines now excess to our collection.

Over 700 publications will be offered to the public on Sunday 26 September 2021 between 10am and 3pm.

Most of the books date from the 19th and 20th centuries, but some are from the 18th century such as 30 volumes of Viner’s Law from 1792. The fascinating Filial Duty from 1802 relates to the parental control of children. The oldest book for sale dates from 1711. In addition to the books there will be a number of handmade bricks from the mid-19th century, which were given to the Society by contractors demolishing early structures in Brisbane.

The Commissariat Store Museum houses displays relating to Queensland history. The famous Edison tubes which carried the first electricity in Brisbane are on display. One vitrine shows objects from our convict past such as shackles, cat o’ nine tails and convict fingers. Other historic displays include shipwrecks, 19th century children’s toys, railways, and domestic artefacts. For the book fair there is a reduced $5 entry fee for adults, $2.50 for under 16s, and $10 per family.

For members of the RHSQ, Saturday 25 September is our members-only day. Nab a bargain before anyone else!

A complete catalogue of publications for sale is available here.

Booking not necessary, but please note that at busy times you may be asked to wait to comply with Covid capacity restrictions.


September 26, 2021
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Free – $10


The Royal Historical Society of Queensland


Commissariat Store Museum
115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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