Queensland Commonwealth Electoral Roll 1913

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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD
Author: Queensland Family History Society
Year: 2005
ISBN: 1876613955
Publisher: Queensland Family History Society

This CD indexes the details from the Commonwealth Electoral Roll for all electors registered in Queensland in 1913 for which records survive. The entries for over 360,000 electors cover name, sex, place of living, occupation, roll number, polling place and division. The index allows direct searching on name, year and the other details with QFHSdatasearch.

The material on this CD is an excellent starting point for researching families living in Queensland at the time. It covers all electors recorded in the rolls held in the National Archives of Australia and lists all the information recorded in the roll. Combining the range of information with the search specifications and sorting facilities in QFHSdatasearch can be particularly useful for locating family groups, for example by specifying a surname and sorting on place of living within polling place.

The CD includes maps showing the Division boundaries which applied at the time of the 1913 Commonwealth Electoral Roll. These cover all Queensland Divisions (Brisbane, Capricornia, Darling Downs, Herbert, Kennedy, Lilley, Maranoa, Moreton, Oxley and Wide Bay), with a more detailed map for Brisbane and adjacent areas (Brisbane and Oxley Divisions). They are linked to the database and can be opened in Adobe (Acrobat) Reader via the QFHSdatasearch View Details button. Higher resolution versions of the maps are included on the CD in the pdf folder and can be viewed by browsing to them and opening with Adobe (Acrobat) Reader.

QFHSdatasearch is a generic interface designed to search genealogy databases and developed by the Queensland Family History Society Inc. This version features field oriented and keyword searches, Boolean selection, sorting, wildcard searches and, when applicable, links between search results and images held in pdf files of the source records.

-- Further information on each of the fields --
Each subdivision has sequential numbers for all the electors listed on the roll and these have been included to assist in the location of the name in the original record - though the names are generally in alphabetic order it is not always the case. In two subdivisions, (Ithaca and Mt Morgan), the numbers and names are not aligned for portions of the list resulting in one more number than names on the page.

Surname of each elector
Given Names
Christian names of each elector, at full length

Title - These have been placed into a separate field (junr., senr., Rev., &c.)

Sex - M or F - however, there are many cases in the original lists where the name and sex do not appear to match (for example, 16 dressmakers are listed as males even though their names are obviously female). Occasionally, this field has been left blank in the original lists; in some entries the sex has been recorded as “B” and “H”.

Place of Living - This field may include a full street and town address, just a street address, just a town address, a property name, or other description. We have indexed this field exactly as recorded and made no inferences about any part of the address if it is not recorded in the original lists.

This has been entered exactly as recorded in the lists. To find all electors with a particular occupation it will be necessary to use a keyword search. This will allow location of, say, “photographer” and “assistant photographer”.

Subdivision and Division
These fields identify the roll on which the electors were registered.

Apparent inconsistencies
Since we have recorded the information exactly as listed there will appear to be some inconsistencies in the data - for example, Surnames of all the members of a family at a given address do not always agree; Addresses given under Place of Living are not always consistently recorded for the members for a family.

Multiple entries of an elector can occur -  Some electors are listed more than once.

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