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Remembering Margaret Thorsborne

Margaret Thorsborne AO generously donated First World War mementos and precious letters which encapsulate the courage and compassion of her mother, Sister Constance Mabel Keys. These items  have been arranged in State Library’s Talbot Family Treasures Wall in the thoughtful display “Love to all, Connie”. Sadly, Ms Thorsborne passed away late last week. “State Library … Read more

100th anniversary – March of the Dungarees

"The pioneers of the Dungaree contingent who left Warwick last week for Brisbane". John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 702692-19151127-0021

November 16, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the March of the Dungarees, a recruitment march that started in Warwick and continued through Allora, Clifton, Greenmount, Cambooya, Toowoomba, Helidon, Gatton, Laidley, Rosewood, Ipswich, eventually finishing in Brisbane. As they passed through each town the number of recruits grew, starting with 28 men and finishing with 125 … Read more

News this week in September 1914


This week in 1914 included speculation that Russia may relax restrictions against Jews, as an official announcement revealed that commissions in the Russian Army and Navy would now be made available to Jews. The anti-semitic press applauded this news. The Brisbane Courier enthusiastically reported a great Allied victory at Precy-sur-Oise, 15 miles north of Paris.  According … Read more