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7129 Joan Peeters Diaries 1941-1944. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Guest blogger: Elaine Acworth – 2018 Q ANZAC 100 Fellow. In July 1943 the forces of the Imperial Japanese Army were slowly being beaten back along the Kokoda Track, and displaced from their strongholds on the north coast of New Guinea.  As the war moved northwards, General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander South-West Pacific Area, moved … Read more

Greek Day 1941

Julie Christofis selling buttons to a sailor Brisbane 1941. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 101795.

With the events of May 1941 still to befall Crete, on Wednesday 19 March 1941 Brisbane’s Greek community came together for ‘Greek Day’ – a day long fundraising event that raised funds for the Greek Relief appeal.  The highlight of the day was a parade through the streets of Brisbane.  Led by 40 Evzones (men … Read more

Ervin Task

Ervin Task Papers held at SLQ

Guest blogger: Dr Judith Powell – 2017 Q Anzac 100 Fellow. During the Second World War, tens of thousands of foreign troops were stationed in Australia, arrived in Australia on leave, or passed through on redeployment. By the middle of 1943, 67% of all American troops in Australia were stationed in Queensland. In March 1942 … Read more

Avenging the Nurses: Government’s response to the sinking of 2/3 Australian Hospital Ship Centaur

'Work, save, fight and so avenge the nurses!'. From Australian War Memorial Collection, ID ARTV09088

Guest blogger, Madonna Grehan, John Oxley Library Fellow for 2015. The Centaur Fund Series highlights Queenslanders’ special acknowledgement of the nursing profession, in the years after World War II. Saturday 14 May 2016 marks 73 years since the torpedoing and sinking of the 2/3 Australian Hospital Ship Centaur, by enemy fire. On that day in … Read more

New accession: Leonard Christian Williamson Photograph Album (1940-1950)

State Library of Queensland holds an extensive collection of published and unpublished resources relating to World War Two. The most recent addition to this collection is a photograph album donated recently by the descendants of Leonard Christian Williamson (1909-1950). Mr Williamson, a Staff Sergeant by rank, served with 3/14 Australian Field Ambulance. Born in Rockhampton … Read more