New marching song

Page 22 of the Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 17 June, 1916.

On the 24th February 1915, The Northern Miner (Charters Towers) newspaper published a new marching song, penned by a Mr. R.M. Clark for ‘Kitchener’s Army’, and intended to be sung to the tune of John Brown’s Body. The lyrics had already been published in Spectator: We are coming, Mother England, 6 thousand thousand strong. Tell your brothers … Read more

Desert Ambulances

Light Horseman with sand sled

One of the challenges during the First World War lay with the transport of wounded men across desert conditions – no ordinary wheeled vehicles would do the job. With characteristic initiative the transport section of the 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance came up with a Sand Sledge. Constructed using a sheet of galvanised iron with the front bent … Read more

New Accession: Dilys Mary Birbeck Collection: From England to Sydney by Flying Boat

Hythe Flying Boat - Sydney to London.  With accommodation for 22 passengers, the flying boat has four Bristol Pegasus engines, and has an average speed of 165 mile per hour.

The John Oxley Library recently received an interesting collection created by English emigrant, Dilys Mary Birbeck, who travelled from England to Sydney, with her husband and two small daughters, by flying boat in 1948. The flying boat service between England and Australia began in 1938 when large luxury flying boats began to operate a thrice … Read more

Preserving the Websites of Queensland’s Past Premiers

Beattie (Small)

John Oxley Library’s commitment to preserving and sharing aspects of contemporary Queensland life include collecting not only physical materials but also born-digital resources such as websites. Just how do we go about collecting websites?  In short, our web archiving activities involve selecting websites for preservation, preserving copies and making them freely available online by contributing … Read more