Queensland Horse and Cattle Brands Index 1872-1899
An Act to Provide for the due Registration of Brands on Horses and Cattle

[Assented to 22nd January, 1872]

This Act provided for the registration of brands for horses and cattle - to consist of two letters and one numeral or two signs and one numeral. The same brand was to be used for both horses and cattle. Once this Act was passed it became an offence to use a brand not registered in accordance with the Act.

This database indexes the 60,144 entries appearing in the monthly lists of registrations and transfers of brands published in the Queensland Government Gazette from 1872 to 1899. It lists the brand (except where symbols have been used and it was not possible to reproduce them), certificate number, run or farm where the brand was to be used, nearest postal town, date the brand was listed and page reference in the Queensland Government Gazette. For each entry, the database indicates whether it was a new registration, transfer, change of residence or correction. In addition, for each entry, the relevant Queensland Government Gazette lists the horse and cattle brands superseded by the current registrations - during this period many registrations were for owners who had not previously used brands.

The initial series of brands used letters and numerals in their natural position, for example AA1, arranged monthly in alphabetical and numeric order; registrations followed by transfers, etc.

Series B (identified by a B at the start of the certificate number), introduced in April 1882, consisted of two letters and one numeral, the second letter being horizontal, arranged monthly in alphabetical and numeric order; registrations followed by transfers, etc. (note that the representation of the letter C looks more like a Q than a C in this series). This series, commencing at certificate number 18751, continued directly from the initial series which concluded at certificate number 18750. In the index, Series B brands are listed with both letters in the natural position.

Series C (identified by a C at the start of the certificate number), introduced in April 1894, consisted of two letters and one numeral, the brand being in script characters in their natural position, arranged monthly in alphabetical and numeric order; registrations followed by transfers, etc. (note that the representation of the letter J looks more like an I in this series). This series, commencing at certificate number 34621, continued directly from the B series which concluded at certificate number 34620. In the index, Series C brands are listed with both letters in the normal script.

Points to note

(i) A couple of New South Wales and South Australian registrations are included.

(ii) Quite a number of registrations were done by trustees or guardians and these are indicated in the given name column.

(iii) Women as well as men registered and transferred brands so do not be surprised to find your female relatives listed.

(iv) In this database, names are recorded as they were published in the Government Gazette - no attempt has been made to correct obvious errors.

(v) Cancelled brands have not been indexed since these record only the actual brand and certificate number but not the previous holder of the brand.

Inconsistencies with both the brand and certificate numbers have been noted.

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