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Trustee files 1889-1929

This index was complied from Series ID 15502, Files re Trustees under the Trustees Act of 1889.


The files were created as a result of the Trustee Act of 1889, but they include trusts still being administered from an earlier period. The files came from the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Southern district of the Supreme Court of Queensland, with the trusts all appearing to have been set up under the provisions of a will.

Papers include information about land ownership, rental properties, relatives, disbursement of funds, details of children, school fees and employees and wages lists. The date and place of death are given in the records if stated.

Some of the files extend to hundreds of pages and at least one covers a period of more than 25 years.

Please note: The first 77 trustee file numbers were originally registered as equity file numbers (No.476 to 694 with gaps) and cover the period 1889-1891. The index to equity files (QSA Item ID92705) does not, however, record the re-registering of the files under the Trustee file numbers.

Explanatory notes

  •  check all possible spelling variants
  •  some given names are abbreviated as they appear in the original record
  •  Mc and Mac names are interfiled
  •  - or a blank cell indicates that there is no information in the original
  •  names are not indexed with an apostrophe, e.g. O DWYER

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Costs and ordering

The cost for each reference required is A$18.30. For the fee, you will receive up to eight (8) pages, including the list of documents if available. Where the file is larger than eight (8) pages a quote will be prepared for those pages not copied.

To order copies of an item, please complete an index order form (PDF, 67KB). When completing the form, quote the name of the person, QSA reference, and trustee file number.

Last updated 08 February 2016

Front cover of Trustee File No. 97 for James Algernon Adams under the Trustees Act of 1899
Front cover of Trustee File No. 97 for James Algernon Adams under the Trustees Act of 1899