Queensland PO Directory 1894-1895, 1900, 1903, 1915 (Wise)

Directories are an invaluable resource for local, family and social historians as well as for researchers in other fields of Australian history. They provide you with information on the region where your ancestors lived, as well as information on their occupation, and more - all of which help to paint a picture of your ancestors life. 

Generally, a directory is an extended version of our current day white pages and yellow pages combined (without the telephone numbers). They list many thousands of names, occupations and addresses, and so much more.

The Wise's were one of the most comprehensive in their coverage, covering the whole of Queensland, not just Brisbane and suburbs, all the regional towns are included too. You will find details of many thousands of people, together with their occupation and residence.

This directory covers Brisbane city, its suburbs, and regional Queensland (over 1500 places are covered). The Street directory which lists heads of households house-by-house, street-by-street covers: Brisbane, Charters Towers, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Townville.

The directory includes numerous pages of advertisements which all provide useful information, often including names of people and places, which together with the main directory, and the sub-directories make the work comprehensive and complete.

Three main sections:

  • City and towns directory - contains directories for Brisbane and Suburbs, South Brisbane and Suburbs, Charters Towns, Rockhampton, and Townsville along wil every other town, township and postal district in Queensland. There are listings street-by-street for the larger regions which list the householder of each house or business owner. The smaller towns, list the tradespeople by name and their occupation

  • Alphabetical directory - lists alphabetically by surname, together with occupation and address of residents for the entire state

  • Trades directory - arranged alphabetically by trade or profession, you will find details of all businesses in Queensland. Its like an early version of the yellow pages


Separate directories included:

  • Medical

  • Ecclesiastical

  • Legal

  • Educational

  • Banking and Finance

  • Insurance

  • Pastoral and Agricultural\

  • Local Government

  • Customs

  • Official

  • Postal and Telegraphic