Early Australian census records

Illuminate Australian society and your family history using census records from 1788 to 1901

Records of people

According to the Queensland State Archives, 'there are no existing Queensland census records [that name individuals] with the exception of early Moreton Bay records when the colony was part of New South Wales' (source). This is why you will find records relating to New South Wales listed below.

Records relating to Aboriginal Australians may be inaccurate.

Statistics

Many statistical reports from Queensland censuses are available. Statistics relating to Aboriginal Australians may be inaccurate.

Census dates

Censuses took place on:

  • 1828*
  • 1833*
  • 1836*
  • 27 Sept 1841*
  • 1846*
  • 1851*
  • 1 March 1856*
  • 5 April 1861
  • 1864
  • 1868
  • 1871
  • 1876
  • 3 April 1881
  • 1886
  • 5 April 1891
  • 31 March 1901

* included in New South Wales census

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