Ipswich Genealogical Society

"Brigg House" Cooneana Heritage Centre

Redbank Plains Road

New Chum

Ipswich 4304



The Secretary

Ipswich Genealogical Society
P.O.Box 323

Ipswich Qld 4305



Opening Hours 

Mon 9.30am - 2.30pm
Tues Closed
Wed   Closed
Thurs 9.30am - 2.30pm
Friday    Closed
Sat 9am - 12pm
Sun Closed

 Closed Public Holidays

 Phone "Brigg House"

07 3282 6454




Resource Centre 

Ipswich Genealogical Society Inc’s Resource Centre is now located at "Brigg House" Cooneana Heritage Centre, Redbank Plains Road, New Chum Ipswich.

For access details, see our opening hours, contact details and location map.

The Resource Centre consists of a library with research area and computer banks, coffee / tea making facilities and table space for your comfort whilst researching.  

The Resource Centre is wheel chair friendly, and parking is available on site with easy access to both the Cunningham and Warrego Highways and the centre of Ipswich.  The library is staffed by experienced, volunteer family historians who are eager to assist you with your research.

We would love you to visit us!


Click here to download the Research Enquiry Form

Research Enquiries

Research from non-members of the Society are charged at $30.00 per hour and $25.00 for each hour thereafter.

Reduced rates are available for Members of the Society – please see our membership page. 


Resources of the Society

Lending Library

The Society has an extensive lending library from which Members may borrow two (2) books at a time for a period of 2 weeks. The range includes

        • Books on “how to trace your family tree”
        • Family Histories
        • School Histories
        • Local History


Reference Library

The Society also has a reference library; these books are available only for perusal within the Research Rooms. This section contains

        • Various Census Records
        • Shipping Records
        • Cemetery records
        • Research Directories
        • The Queensland Government Gazettes
        • Cemetery Headstones and Inscriptions
        • Journals & Magazines of other Societies


Micro Fiche / Film

An Extensive microform collection is available for research within the Research Rooms. These include

        • The International Genealogical Index
        • Indices to Births, Deaths and Marriages for all Australian States
        • Cemetery Records
        • Ipswich North Australian 1858 to 1865
        • The Queensland Times 1864 to 1874
        • Fassifern Guardian 1901 to 1930


      Computer Records

The Society has an increasing number of records on the computers including:

        • Indices to Births, Deaths and Marriages
        • Burial Registers for the Ipswich Cemetery
        • Mine Workers Muster
        • Railway Workers Muster
        • The Research Library holds many other resources

 New Resources

           Index to Deaths extracted from the Courier Mail 1990 to 2014 Over 306,500 names


          Reeds Undertakers Records, those available from 1870's to 2015. An ongoing

          project with 20,000 + records currently listed  for Reeds and 1100 for Goodna Cemetery.


 Somerset Regional Councils Cemetery Records to November 2015

Cemeteries included are - Fernvale General Cemetery;                     Lowood General Cemetery; Wivenhoe Pocket General Cemetery; Esk General    Cemetery; Caboonbah Cemetery; Toogoolawah General Cemetery; Moore/Linville General Cemetery; Kilcoy Cemetery.

(updated 25th April 2017)


Did You Know?

The  suburb of Ebbw Vale is on the eastern side of the City of Ipswich and named by the miners who arrived in the mid 1800’s from Wales. It is said to be the smallest suburb in the city.


 A colliery was opened in the area in 1877 by John JONES, named Ebbw Vale, and the STAFFORD brothers William, Joseph, John and James opened the Whitwood Colliery in Ebbw Vale in 1887. A rail siding was built for the colliery in 1889 and in the early 1890s the owners  made land available for their employees to use as a football ground first known as the Whitwood ground but by 1893 as St Helens, and the name was also given to the football club. St Helens Soccer Club merged with Coalstars in 1997 to form the Ipswich Knights, but the soccer ground is still referred to by the older local residents as St Helens


The nearby railway station opened in 1909 and was called St Helens, but the name changed to Ebbw Vale the following year. 




 Update  18th October 2017




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