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QWHA Collection

The Queensland Women’s Historical Association has a large collection of significant artefacts dating from the colonisation of Brisbane 
(circa 1840) until 1945.

Many of these artefacts — including furniture, art works, ornaments, soft furnishings, silverware, and kitchen and laundry equipment — are on permanent display at Miegunyah, furnishing the various rooms. Other artefacts — including costume, textiles, toys,  memorabilia and handicrafts — are in storage but are shown in special exhibitions. 


Library and Archives

The QWHA also maintains a library and archival collection, intended as a research resource on Queensland women. 

The QWHA’s own archives, dating from its foundation in the 1950s, form an important part of this collection and include lectures delivered to the Association over the years and the quarterly newsletter Historical Happenings. Other holdings include books on Queensland history; records relating to early governors, notably the Bowen family; records relating to women and women’s organisations; subject and family files; ephemera; and photographs. To view aspects of our collection online please go to the QWHA eHive page.



At present, due to both space and volunteer time constraints, the QWHA would only consider adding to our collection those items that have a strong Queensland story and fit into our collection policy of dating from the period between 1840 and 1945. The QWHA does not accept long-term loans or conditional gifts.


The QWHA archives and research facilities are held at Miegunyah in a secure climate-controlled environment. Access to these facilities is available to researchers by appointment. The QWHA also produces a range of books and other publications. For appointments please contact us.


The QWHA allows reproduction of collection material providing that:

  • prior permission is obtained

  • the QWHA receives due acknowledgement and fees

  • images are provided at the expense of the client.

Reproduction and usage fees will vary according to the purpose (e.g. private research, educational and scholarly publications, or commercial publications and merchandise products). 


The QWHA lends collection material to approved borrowers for approved purposes. All loans are to be accompanied by appropriate documentation, and borrowers are responsible for providing transport and insurance. In some cases fees are also applicable. 

For further enquiries please contact us.

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