During the Brisbane Writers Festival, State Library of Queensland was privileged to host a talk titled ‘The Serviceman’s Widow’. Visitors were given a heartwrenching insight into life on the home front for military families and the immense grief felt by Nicky Cashman, a widow of war. We also heard from two youth, Charlie and Alisha, who had lost their father and grandfather to war related illness and their inspiring story to give back to the support agency that has done so much for them, Legacy.
The event was co-hosted with Legacy as part of Legacy Week; an annual national appeal to raise awareness and funds for the families of our deceased veterans and has been an iconic Australian initiative since 1942.
The talk was facilitated by Chris Hackett, Legacy’s Fundraising Coordinator, who was able to give examples of just some of the work Legacy does for families. The talk demonstrated just how important their services are and the immense impact they have on the lives of families effected by war.
The event formed part of the programming around the Distant Lines exhibition running at SLQ. Distant Lines connects us with the intimate and untold stories of Queenslanders as we commemorate 100 years since the First World War. We encourage the community to come in and experience this moving exhibition before it closes on 15 November.
Distant Lines: http://qanzac100.slq.qld.gov.au/events/distant-lines