Queensland Commonwealth Electoral Roll 1903, 1913, 1922, 1934, 1949, 1959

Electoral rolls are the nearest record Australians have to census listings and hence are extremely important to local, social and family historians.

1903

This was the first since the federation of the Australian colonies in 1901 and provides information on 227,115 electors in Queensland who were registered to vote. Though women were not entitled to vote in Queensland State elections until 1905 women who were British subjects were able to register and vote from 1902 in the Commonwealth elections and many are recorded in this database. There were nine electoral divisions - Brisbane, Capricornia, Darling Downs, Herbert, Kennedy, Maranoa, Moreton, Oxley and Wide Bay.

1913

A redistribution of Queensland electorates occurred in 1913 and an additional Division (Lilley) created. This database provides information on 361,925 electors in Queensland who were registered to vote on the Commonwealth Roll of 1913 (second print). Compulsory enrolment was introduced for all federal rolls from 1911 so the 1913 roll should reflect the adult population (over 21 years) excluding the foreign and indigenous population. Voting in Federal elections was not compulsory until 1925.

1922

A redistribution of Queensland electorates occurred in 1922 - no new divisions were created or abolished. This database provides information on 418,910 electors in Queensland who were registered to vote on the Commonwealth Roll of 1922. Compulsory enrolment was introduced for all federal rolls from 1911 so the 1922 should reflect the adult population (over 21 years) excluding the foreign and indigenous population. Voting in Federal elections was not compulsory until 1925.

1934

A redistribution of Queensland electorates occurred in 1934 - Griffith division was created, Oxley division abolished. This database provides information on 569,939 electors in Queensland who were registered to vote on the Commonwealth Roll of 1934. Compulsory enrolment was introduced for all federal rolls from 1911 so the 1934 should reflect the adult population (over 21 years) excluding the foreign and indigenous population. Voting in Federal elections was compulsory from 1925.

1949

A redistribution of Queensland electorates occurred in 1949 - Bowman, Dawson, Fisher, Leichhardt, MacPherson, Oxley, Petrie and Ryan Divisions were created, no Divisions were abolished. This database provides information on 756,118 electors in Queensland who were registered to vote on the Commonwealth Roll of 1949. Compulsory enrolment was introduced for all federal rolls from 1911 so the 1949 should reflect the adult population (over 21 years) excluding the foreign and indigenous population. Voting in Federal elections was compulsory from 1925.

1959

Queensland electoral divisions in 1959 were Bowman, Brisbane, Capricornia, Darling Downs, Dawson, Fisher, Griffith, Herbert, Kennedy, Leichhardt, Lilley, Maranoa, McPherson, Moreton, Oxley, Petrie, Ryan and Wide Bay. This database provides information on 783,079 electors in Queensland who were registered to vote on the Commonwealth Roll of 1959. Compulsory enrolment was introduced for all federal rolls from 1911 so the 1959 should reflect the adult population (over 21 years) excluding the foreign and indigenous population. Voting in Federal elections was compulsory from 1925.

The following information is recorded for each entry:

  • Number - the roll for each polling place has sequential numbers for all electors listed on the roll
  • Surname - Surname of each elector
  • Given name - Christian names of each elector at full length
  • Title - usually jun., sen. or similar
  • 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
  • Occupation - recorded exactly as entered on the list
  • Sex - nominally M (male) or F (female) though in some cases the field has been left blank and in other cases recorded as E, B, H, R, T, FM, N, FG, D and S. Does not necessarily match the name and occupation.
  • Polling Place / Subdivision and Division - These fields identify the roll on which the electors were registered.