Digitised @SLQ: Photograph of Miss Grace Perry, “Queen of Queens” of the Queensland Patriotic Carnival, 1915

Source: John Oxley Library, Accession 30516.

The studio photograph above shows Miss Grace Perry, representing the firm of T.C. Beirne and Co., in her regalia as “Queen of Queens” of the Queensland Day Patriotic Carnival in 1915.  The carnival was held at Davies Park in South Brisbane, on the 25th September, in aid of the Disabled Soldiers’ Fund.  In the Queens’ Competition … Read more

Red Cross Society in Queensland

Australian Red Cross Society. Queensland Division. Red Cross magazine. Vol. 1, no. 1: December 1915.

The Australian Branch of the British Red Cross Society began on 13 August 1914 at Government House, Melbourne, nine days after the outbreak of the First World War. The Queensland Division was inaugurated just a day later, at a meeting at the Town Hall, Brisbane. Presiding over the meeting was Lady Morgan, and the Mayoress of Brisbane, Mrs. Jenkinson. Queensland’s Governor His Excellency … Read more

Archivists of loss

Front page of the Christmas edition of The Queenslander, 2 December 1916 John Oxley Library Neg # 189832

During the writing of my PhD on the origins of Anzac Day I became increasingly aware of the differences between the public and private versions of memorialisation of the catastrophic events of World War 1. The public, collective process of memorialising was largely men’s business. It was men who organised and promoted Anzac Day commemoration … Read more

Sergeant Maurice George Delpratt: A Prisoner of War in Turkey

Group photograph of prisoners of war a the Hadji-Kiri camp in Turkey. Maurice George Delpratt is seated in the front row, third from left. Source: John Oxley Library, Accession 28115/121.

A highly significant World War I collection held by the John Oxley Library is the correspondence of Sergeant Maurice George Delpratt of the 5th Light Horse Regiment.  Delpratt, from Tamborine, Queensland, was captured by the Turks at Gallipoli in June 1915 and remained a prisoner of war  for the duration of hostilities.  The collection was generously donated … Read more

Digitised@SLQ: Norman Lindsay recruiting pamphlets

? [Question mark] by Norman Lindsay

Artist Norman Lindsay (1879-1969) may be best known for his children’s classic The Magic Pudding, published in 1918, but much of his output during the First World War was propaganda and recruitment posters commissioned by the Australian Government. Among many other creative  pursuits, Lindsay worked as an editorial cartoonist, and maintained a long association with The … Read more