Qld records registry goes digital with new online service
FROM the author of Mary Poppins to aviator Charles Kingsford Smith, the birth records from more than a century ago will now be published online.
Queensland's Births, Deaths and Marriages registry is being gradually placed into the digital world, allowing genealogists to view and download files dating back to the late 19th century.
The fee for downloading a scanned document from the state website will be $20.
By mid-2015, the full six million records are expected to be placed online, although there will likely be some privacy restrictions for the most recent information.
In announcing the online program in Brisbane on Wednesday, Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie pointed to the original birth extract of Helen Lyndon Goff in Maryborough in 1899 - a woman who would eventually change her name to PL Travers and pen Mary Poppins.
"Queenslanders have a proud history, and now they can access it with just a click of the mouse," Mr Bleijie said.