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Naturalisations 1851-1908

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Queensland Votes and Proceedings often contain lists of people who took the Oath of Allegiance to be naturalised:

These records are available on microfilm in the Public Search Room at Runcorn, and at the State Library of Queensland.

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Explanatory notes

  • ? indicates there is doubt about the entry due to difficulty in interpreting handwriting
  •  - or blank indicates no information was recorded
  • check all possible spelling variants
  • all given names are abbreviated as they appear in the original record
  • names are indexed without an apostrophe, e.g. D ARX; O DWYER; L ESTRANGE.

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These indexes were created from various series of records created by the Supreme Court, Brisbane, Rockhampton and Townsville districts as well as the Colonial Secretary's Office and the Government Residents Office.

The series from which the index is created are:
  • Series ID 5253, Inwards correspondence, 1/1/1860 - circa 31/12/1861
  • Series ID 5741, Oaths of Allegiance Sworn by Aliens Being Naturalised, 6/9/1858 - 15/1/1904
  • Series ID 5743, Certificates of Naturalisation and Associated Papers, 20/2/1860 - circa 31/1/1902
  • Series ID 7224, Oaths of Allegiance, circa 1/1/1875 - circa 31/12/1902
  • Series ID 8400, Special Batches, 1/1/1887 31/12/1903
  • Series ID 9403, Naturalisation Files, circa 1/1/1896 - circa 31/12/1902
  • Series ID 12748, Letters Addressed to the Government Resident by the Colonial Secretary, Sydney, 1/1/1851 26/12/1856

These records contain the names of those who took oaths of allegiance to be naturalised as British subjects under the Aliens Act 1867 until the Commonwealth Naturalization Act 1903 came into force on 1 Jan 1904. The information provided includes number of oath, full name, place of residence, date of oath, before whom oath taken, birthplace, age and current occupation, trade or profession and date when enrolled. The earliest register (1858-1862) shows only the number of the oath, name and residence and date of enrolment.

Last updated 30 September 2016
Oath of Allegiance taken by Christian Hübner, 21 December

Queensland State Archives, Digital Image ID 20708, Oath of Allegiance taken by Christian Hübner, 21 December 1887



 Indexes available under Open Data initiative


​The index to naturalisations 1851 to 1904 is also available through the Queensland Government's Open Data initiative. The Open Data index is in .csv format.

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