Tag Archives: WWII Back

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State Library of Queensland holds an extensive collection of published and unpublished resources relating to World War Two.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

Digitised @ SLQ – migrant women at Wacol

Dr Donna Kleiss, Photo by SLQ staff

Guest Blogger – Dr. Donna Kleiss discusses Wacol Immigrants Holding Camp and  interviews  conducted with women migrants from SLQ’s  OH24 Migrant Women Oral History Collection “… The decision to accommodate those migrants on arrival in well-organised reception and training centres … is an entirely new departure from previous immigration plans. It is in fact revolutionary, and it … Read more