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Equity files 1857-1899

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Explanatory notes

  • check all possible spelling variants
  • all given names are abbreviated as initials as they appear in the original record
  • Mc and Mac names are interfiled
  • O names are not indexed with an apostrophe, e.g. O DWYER
  • Asiatic names have not been anglicised and appear as recorded in the original record
  • company names are CAPITALISED.

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These indexes were compiled from Series ID 15505, (SCT/U1-125), Equity files 1857-1899. The series was created by the Supreme Court, Southern District, Brisbane.

The Supreme Court in Brisbane was set up by the Moreton Bay Supreme Court Act 1857 with the first equity case being filed on 20 April 1857.

Types of cases include liquidation of companies, gold miners disputes, rights of minors, rights of incapacitated persons (including lunatics), disputes over wills and intestacies. Many original documents are included, e.g. BDM certificates, land, indentures, powers of attorney.

The index has been compiled from the original files at the Queensland State Archives (SCT/U series) and contains surname and given name of all people connected with a case including deceased, interstate and overseas residents but excluding long lists of creditors and shareholders of companies. The date is the date the case was first filed in the Supreme Court.

The images below (click on pictures for a larger image) are the file cover and Petition document from Equity File 760 of 1892 for Merchants Mutual Fire Marine Insurance Coy Ltd.

Petition doucment from Equipty File 760 of 1892Cover of Equity File 760 of 1892

Related records

Refer also to Series ID15497 (SCT/U127-129), Index to Equity Files 1860-1895. Be aware that not all individuals, companies or cases listed in these registers have files.

Last updated 30 September 2016

​Queensland State Archives Digital Image ID 2195: Supreme Court, Brisbane, 1897


 Indexes available under Open Data initiative


​The index to equity files 1857 to 1899 is now available through the Queensland Government's Open Data initiative. The Open Data index is in .csv format.

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