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Redland Branch

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The objectives of the Redland Genealogical Society (the Branch) are to advance the interests of the study of genealogy in general and specifically to assist and advance the study and recording of family history in Redland City.


In May 1981 the Cleveland Genealogical Club was formed and became a branch of the Genealogical Society of Queensland (the Society or GSQ) in November 1981 of that year. The Redland Genealogical Society is an Incorporated organisation operating under its own Constitution and By-laws. Participation with the Redland Shire Council in compiling a Redland Pioneer Index as a bicentennial project in 1988 led to the Council providing space in the Cleveland library. When the new Cleveland Library building was constructed the Society was allocated a room in the south western corner of the new building.

Our Patron is Mr Les McFadzen..


The membership of the Branch consists of ordinary and associate members, and life members. Ordinary members have full membership of the Society, while associate members of Redland do not have free access to the library or facilities of GSQ or receive a copy of the GSQ newsletter Generation.


The General Meetings of the Branch are held on the second Wednesday of each month at the Donald Simpson Centre, Bloomfield Street, Cleveland, from 12 noon until approx 3.00pm, with a guest speaker or a help session for members and visitors. A $2.00 entry fee applies at General meetings. There are no meetings held in January.

The Annual General Meeting is held in July of each year.


The Branch’s library resources are held in the Genealogy Room of the Cleveland Library, corner Middle and Bloomfield Streets, Cleveland. Volunteers are there to assist both members and the general public on: Tuesday and Thursday - 9.30am - 12.30pm, and Saturday – 12.30pm to 3.30pm.   Financial members of the Branch have access to the books and microfiche at any time the Cleveland Library is open (Mon, Tue & Fri from 9am – 5pm, Wed & Thu from 9am – 7.30pm and Sat from 9am – 4pm). 

The Society's library contains CDs, microfiche and books for all Australian States, New Zealand, the Americas, UK and Ireland and many other countries, world-wide.  We hold the indexes to Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDMs) for all Australian states, as well as a wide range and large number of indexes not available on the internet.  We have an ever growing collection of cemetery transcriptions, funeral directors' records, electoral rolls etc. Holdings also include reference books, 'How to" books, copies of Australian and overseas journals and government gazettes.  We have free access to computers and internet, including  and 


The Branch newsletter, the Redland Researcher is produced quarterly and is available free to financial members. Each issue is available for casual purchase at $3.00. It contains executive and meeting details, notes from the editors, members’ stories, interest group details, recent acquisitions for the library, members' interests, web research data and where to get your certificates. It is also swapped with other organisations, both local and overseas.


The Branch has begun a long term project to research burials at the Peel Island Lazaret cemetery, for which incomplete records exist. The research for the period from 1907 to 1940 is complete. Research for the period 1940-1959 is continuing through contact with known patients and staff, or their descendants. However, restrictions on publishing any outputs of the project have been applied by Queensland Health.

Another long term project which is nearing completion is the production of a database of gravesites in Cleveland and Redland Bay cemeteries from 1870 through to the end of 2010.  This database will include family history information for many of the graves.

Other Information

The Magazine Interest Group circulates magazines, providing an abundance of information from the family history societies who produce the various publications. The more members we have contributing to the various FHS magazines, the more chance we have of finding that elusive ancestor. The Magazine Interest Group is always pleased to welcome new members and if anyone is interested in learning more please contact Jeanne at or Pat at or phone (07) 3821 0948.

The Family Tree Maker Interest Group is a networking group of Society Members who use this genealogy program, or are thinking about purchasing one. Meetings take place 3rd Wednesday each month at 1:30pm at 6 Ackworth Place, Alexandra Hills. Power is available for your laptop and a large screen monitor is set up for program demonstrations. Convenor Les McFadzen, email at or phone (07) 3824 0825.

The Writing Interest Group is a networking group of Society Members interested in improving their writing skills. The Group meets in the Cleveland Library meeting rooms at 2:00pm on the 4th Wednesday of each even month. Convenor Helen Veivers, email at or phone (07) 3206 3760.

The Branch promotes genealogy by having displays at events such a Scottish Sunday at Whepstead House, Heritage Week, Seniors Week, the Seniors Expo, the Queensland Highland Gathering, the Celtic day at Ormiston House, and any ethnic fairs or cultural events held in our area. Our genealogy tutors work in conjunction with U3A and also lecture at hospitals, schools and retirement villages.

Contact Details

Postal Address: Redland Genealogical Society, PO Box 605, Cleveland Qld 4163


President: Helen Veivers Ph: (07) 3206 3760 & Email:
Secretary: Dianne Smith Ph: (07) 3286 9455 & Email:
Vice President: Kevin Hughes: Ph: (07) 3824 3533 & Email: