All of our members share some curiosity about their own or local history, and use that as their starting point. Some have particular interests in elements of our history or material culture, and in our ranks can fulfil their desire to find out more. For every person engaged in this hobby there is likely to be a different reason for doing it. Ultimately however, it may simply be because you want to enjoy the experience of combining your interests with like-minded individuals.
WHAT WE DO
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Colonial society in 19th century Queensland was varied, not just in the ethnic background of its residents, but in all the tasks that were carried out to make it function. You might choose to portray a family group, sporting or social club, specific professions, workers or domestic servants, artisans, military or naval personnel of the local or visiting forces, the police, civil service, or even community, religious or political entities. In the near future our members hope to bring together depictions relating to the Brisbane Bicycle Club, a mixed hunting party, the Headquarters Band of the Queensland Defence Force, and the Nordenfelt-gun crew of the Brisbane Field Battery. Ideas you propose will be considered by our Committee, and all assistance given to get you started in an approved role. Why not find out if this is for you? Start a conversation with us at or explore our Facebook page.
On the first Sunday of each second month the 19th century cannons are fired at Fort Lytton. The Fort is an important historic site. Built in 1881 and used for the defence of Brisbane until the end of the Second World War, it is a pentagonal fortress concealed behind grassy embankments. 19th Century Queensland usually attends the firing days, spending time talking to visitors about the history of the site, both military and social.
SATURDAY 13 & SUNDAY 14 JUNE
HISTORY ALIVE 2019
History Alive is multi period living history event, with a combination of activities of the Roman, Viking, Medieval, Napoleonic, Colonial, Victorian and Modern Eras that appeal to all ages! 19th Century Queensland camps onsite for the weekend, in an authentic Victorian-era encampment. In 2019 History Alive will be held at the Rocklea Showgrounds. Check out our Facebook page closer to the event date for further information.