What is a Post Office Directory?
In general terms a directory is an extended version of our current day white
pages and yellow pages combined. They list many
thousands of names, occupations and addresses ... but also so much more.
What information does this Brisbane Post Office Directory contain?
Actually containing 19 directories in the one, this directory has a huge
amount of information specifically relating to Brisbane and it Suburbs as at
1887. You will find details of many thousands of people, together with
their occupation and residence. You can also find out more details about place
in which they lived, the other residents in the town, and the services available
in the region ... all of which help to paint a picture of your ancestors life.
There are also directories for medical and pharmaceutical, government and
ecclesiastical, institutions, masonic, telephone, companies, surveyors and
architects, stations, country, postal and telegraph, railway, and miscellaneous.
Many advertisements are also included.
What areas are covered by this Directory?
This directory covers Brisbane city, and its suburbs, and some of regional Queensland.
The suburbs covered are: Albion, Ashgrove, Belmont, Estate, Breakfact Creek,
Bulimba, Coorpooroo, Eagle Farm Juntion, Enoggera, Lower Kedron, Lutwyche,
Nundah, O'Connell Town, Samford Road, Sandgate and Upper Kedron. The regional
towns covered are: Adavale, Allora, Aramac, Beenleigh, Blachall, Bowen,
Bundaberg, Caboolture, Cairns, Cardwell, Charleville, Charters Towers, Clermont,
Cleveland, Cloncurry, Cooktown, Coomera, Coomera Upper, Cunnamulla, Dalby,
Emerald, Gatton, Gayndah, Gladstone, Goodna, Goondiwindi, Gympie, Harrisville,
Herberton, Hughenden, Indooroopilly, Ingahm, Ipswich, Isisford, Kingsbrough,
Laidley, Logan District, Lytton, Mackay, Maryborough, Maytown, Millchester,
Mount Morgan, Mount Perry, Muttaburra, Nerang, Normanton, Port Douglas,
Ravenswood, Rockhampton, Rockhampton North, Rocklea, Roma, Southport, Springsure,
St George, Stanthorpe, St Lawrence, Surat, Tambo, Tewantin, Thargomindah,
Thornborough, Thursday Island, Tingalpa, Toowoomba and Drayton, Townsville,
Walkerston, Warwick and Watsonville.
How can this Directory help me?
Directories are an extremely useful tool for establishing when and where a
person lived however this is just a starting point, look further in the
directory to find out more information about the society in which they lived,
the occupation they held and the people they knew. Using this directory will
give you the names of the householder street-by-street for Brisbane city.
The Alphabetical section lists all householders alphabetical by surname,
together with their occupation and residence. The suburban and country sections
list the places
alphabetically, together with the householder, and their occupation, and
address. You will also find the trade directory useful, as it lists everyone
alphabetically by trade, together with their address. The other directories
included (ecclesiastical, medical, masonic, telephone etc) all list people
together with various details.
So for anyone with connections to Queensland in 1887 this is a valuable guide,
both for information that could include details of family members, but also for
learning about the Queensland society as it was in 1887.
High quality scanned images of the whole of the original book. This CD has
been bookmarked for easy navigation, and pages can be searched, browsed,
enlarged and printed out if required.