CQ Recollections is home to stories crafted for future generations to know from where they came. CQ Recollections covers Central Queensland history, including the backdrop of the Fitzroy Basin and the Capricorn Coast, and promotes stories of local folk with a connection to this historic region.


This site is for those of us with a connection to Central Queensland who are wanting to know more about our origins and want to leave stories for our future generations rather than what is provided in a family tree or from DNA tests.

Core values

  • Authenticity
  • Objectivity
  • Treat with care
  • Local values
  • Impartiality
  • Informative
  • Referenced material

Providing and discovering for you

  • Topics of interest for family lineage
  • Encapsulating family sagas
  • Family connections
  • Distant relatives of note
  • Stories to pass on down the family line that will be treasured

About the owner / editor and site CQ Recollections

Mary-Anne captures bygone stories for the benefit of current and future generations. She offers her research skills for folk wanting to discover more about their roots, particularly in Central Queensland.

As a 5th generation Central Queenslander, the stories, landscapes, and enduring spirit of our region are not just history to Mary-Anne; they are a part of who she is. Her journey into founding CQ Recollection began on a warm afternoon spent poring over old family albums and keepsakes. Each photograph, each handwritten note was a gateway to a bygone era, whispered tales of hardship, triumph, and the indomitable spirit of the communities that have thrived in the shadow of the Fitzroy Basin and along the vibrant Capricorn Coast.

Fuelled by a passion to preserve these precious narratives, CQ Recollection was born out of a desire to connect people with their roots, to ensure that the stories of our ancestors and the land we call home are not forgotten but cherished and passed on. It is more than just a project; it is a mission to keep the history of Central Queensland alive for current and future generations. In a world that is ever-changing, understanding where we come from is pivotal in shaping where we are headed.


  • Capricorn Coast Historical Society
  • Queensland Family History Society

Certificates: The Organised Genealogist 2024

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