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From Brisbane trainee nurse to U.S. war bride: the diary of Elvie Geissmann

1941 diary of Elfriede (Elvie) Geissmann. State Library of Queensland collection. Image courtesy Debbie Terranova

Guest blogger: Debbie Terranova – QANZAC100 Fellow. In January 1941, the Brisbane General Hospital accepted twenty-year-old Elfriede (Elvie) Geissmann as a trainee nurse and she moved into the nurses’ quarters1. There she began a personal diary in which she recorded the trials, hopes, and despairs of a young “British born”2 woman during World War Two. … Read more

The CCM Goes to War – The Canada Cycle and Motor Agency (Qld) Ltd, 1915-18

Renault Machine Gun Carrier donated to the A.I.F. by the CCM. Published in Illustrated London News, 12 Dec 1914, p. 828

Guest blogger: Dr Hilary Davies, 2018 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellow. The Canada Cycle and Motor Agency (Qld) Ltd (CCM) was a major company in Queensland between 1905 and 1929, primarily selling motorised vehicles, engines, bicycles and sporting goods. About fifty per cent of the CCM’s workforce of approximately 120 volunteered for service … Read more

Applications open for seven research fellowships at SLQ

2015 Queensland Memory Awards

Researchers are encouraged to explore Queensland’s rich history with the support of State Library of Queensland (SLQ) fellowships. Applications are now open nationwide for seven fellowships totalling $100,000 as part of the Queensland Memory Awards. The Queensland Memory Awards comprise: John Oxley Library Fellowship ($20,000 plus 12 months personal work space in the Neil Roberts … Read more

Q ANZAC 100 Fellowships

On the 26th September, CEO and State Librarian Janette Wright announced four Fellowships as part of the Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation commemorations. The announcement was made at the Serving Country Forum. The four fellowships valued at $15,000 each are on offer in 2014 to fund research projects relating to Queensland’s role … Read more