Skip links and keyboard navigation

Skip to primary navigation | Skip to secondary navigation | Skip to content | Skip to content | Skip to footer | Use tab and cursor keys to move around the page (more information)
Skip Navigation LinksQueensland State Archives > Researching the archives > Indexes > Professions > Teachers 1860-1905

Teachers 1860-1905

Search the index

Adobe Reader is required to open and print these Portable Document Format (PDF) index files and is free to download from the Adobe website. If you have difficulty accessing PDF files from our website please contact us.

Explanatory notes

  • ? or … indicates there is doubt about the entry due to difficulty in interpreting the handwriting. Please note there may be transcription errors due to these difficulties
  • check all possible spelling variants
  • names have been transcribed as written
  • Mc and Mac names are interfiled - or a blank cell indicates that there is no information recorded in the original record
  • names are not indexed with an apostrophe, e.g. O DWYER
  • there may be one, two or three entries in the index for a teacher. The EDU/V reference will usually be the most complete. Where there is only an index reference, the teacher was employed prior to the creation of the registers.

Costs and ordering

To order copies of a reference from this index, complete an index order form (PDF, 67KB). Include the name of the person, number or page number (where relevant), date, Item ID, microfilm number and the index part in which the reference is located (if relevant).

Refer to the Index category 1 charge on our Copying charges page for the cost per reference.

If you require further information, please contact us.


This index has been compiled from the following records created by the Board of General Education, or Department of Public Instruction:
• Series ID 1274, Indexes to Registers of Teachers (Appointments, Classifications and Salaries), 1878-1905
• Series ID 5137, Registers of Teachers [Appointments, Classifications, Salaries etc.], 1860-1905
• Series ID 6425, Registers of Teachers (Personal, Professional and Employment Details) 1860-1903
• Series ID 12585, Alphabetical List of Teachers - 'Notes' of Appointments, Examinations etc., 1875-1878
The Board of General Education came into being in 1860 and was responsible for education in Queensland. At some time about 1870, details concerning teachers were copied into two registers, one for males and one for females (EDB/O1 - EDB/O2). The registers provide a succinct record of the teachers’ careers. The index from the Board of General Education registers has been included because there is sometimes no corresponding page in the register. The index gives brief information about each teacher.
The Department of Public Instruction replaced the Board of General Education in 1875. All teachers working for the department were entered or re-entered into new registers, this practice continued until 1904. The index at the front of each of these registers appears to be a list of all teachers who had taught for the Board.


A) Series ID 1274, Indexes to Registers of Teachers (Appointments, Classifications and Salaries), 1878-1905 and Series ID 5137, Registers of Teachers (Appointments, Classifications, Salaries etc.), 1860-1905

These records consist of indexes to the registers of teachers (appointments, classifications and salaries) details for each entry in the register 1860 - 1878 include the date (admitted to service, resigned, re-admitted etc.), classification (including pupil teacher years of training), salary and school; references to folio numbers for entries continued in the male or female volume I are also included. The four registers dated 1878 - 1905 which are divided into two volumes for males (I, II) and two volumes for females (I,II) include the following details for each entry: date, appointment (including schools), rank, classification (including pupil teachers), salary, remarks. Annotations in red ink regarding resignations, leave etc. have been added.

B) Series ID 6425, Registers of Teachers (Personal, Professional and Employment Details), 1860- 1903.

This series consists of registers of teachers which record personal, professional and employment details of teachers admitted to service in schools administered by the Boards of Education and subsequently the Public Instruction Department. Details include: teacher's name, usual signature, date of birth, nationality, religious denomination, date admitted into the service, date resigned, professional training, previous employment, classification, miscellaneous facts, name of spouse, number of children etc. Details of migration to Queensland may also be included. Details of service employment and performance are then entered in ledger format for the following: authority for record (name and reference), date, appointment (school, rank, duty), salary, inspectors' report information. In the front of some volumes teachers' names and classifications are included. Note: not all entries are complete.

The image below (click for larger image) is an example of the EDB/O index, showing a List of Teachers Employed under the Board of General Education, Queensland.

example of the EDB/O index


C) Series ID 12585, Alphabetical List of Teachers - 'Notes' of Appointments, Examinations etc., 1875-1878

This series consists of alphabetical lists of teachers recording, in note form appointments, promotions, transfers, dismissals or disciplinary action, performance at examinations. Examination results are listed after the other entries under separate headings under a particular letter e.g.: A - names and notes; A - Examinations. Dates are estimates only taken from dates on 'note' entries.

The image below (click for larger image) is from the EDU/V14 register, showing the entry for Agnes Bailey.

EDU V14 Register

Related records

To learn more about school records please refer to our School history resources page and Brief Guide 18: School Records.

The following records may also be of interest:

Series ID 6427, Teachers’ Pay Records (Books and Cards), 1870-1960. 

Last updated 30 September 2016
Kelvin Grove State School, Teacher and Class, April 1951
Queensland State Archives Digital Image ID 1640, ​Kelvin Grove State School, Teacher and Class, April 1951

 Indexes available under Open Data initiative


The index to Teachers 1860-1905 is also available through the Queensland Government’s Open Data initiative. The Open Data index is in .csv format.

The content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence.