Brigadier General Lachlan Chisholm Wilson Papers Digitised @ SLQ

Brigadier General L.C. Wilson. Source: "Annals of the Brisbane Grammar School 1869-1922, Compiled by Stuart Stephenson, Brisbane: Government Printer, 1923. Plate XLV.

The World War I papers of Brigadier General Lachlan Chisholm Wilson have recently been digitised by the State Library and are now available through our catalogue.  The material includes a scrapbook and a typewritten narrative of the activities of the 5th Light Horse Regiment. Lachlan Chisholm Wilson, one of Queensland’s most distinguished soldiers, was born in 1871 … Read more

The Diggers Friend

Sadie MacDonald, WW1

The Diggers’ Friend: Sadie [Sarah] Charlotte Macdonald (1875-1970) A member of the Australian Army Nursing Service during World War I, Sadie MacDonald MBE, ARRC, FNM, JP, was known affectionately by many Queensland returned soldiers as ‘The Diggers’ Friend’. She had a life-long association with the military and with the profession of nursing in Queensland. Guest … Read more

Queensland’s Ukrainian Anzacs

Faded footsteps, forgotten graves: Queensland's Ukrainian Anzacs by Khrystyna Misko

Last Sunday 14 August 2016, at the Ukrainian Community Centre in Holland Park West, Brisbane, the Ukrainian Community of Queensland launched the book Faded Footsteps Forgotten Graves: Queensland’s Ukrainian Anzacs, researched by Khrystyna Misko and published as part of a project funded by a Queensland Anzac Centenary Grant. With a focus on Queensland enlistees, the project ‘Ukrainians … Read more

Ingham and beyond

Ingham Library - Source: State Library of Queensland

Last week the Q ANZAC 100 team headed off to North Queensland to present First World War treasures White Gloves Experiences in Ingham. We held a Q ANZAC 100 information session at the Hinchinbrook Shire Library demonstrating the Q ANZAC 100 website, where to find information on First World War collections at State Library of Queensland, Historypin … Read more

Staff Nurse Monica Margaret O’Callaghan

The Australian Army Nursing Service appointment record issued to Monica in 1917. This document is held at the Cairns Historical Society.

Guest blogger: Pauline O’Keeffe, Cairns Historical Society. Monica Margaret O’Callaghan, daughter of Callaghan O’Callaghan and his wife Margaret (nee Finlay) was born in Irvinebank, 2 December 1887. Monica completed her nursing training at the Cairns District Hospital, graduating on 2 August 1915 aged 27. By September 1917, Monica enlisted in the Australian Army Nursing Service … Read more

Sergeant William Henry Cooling of the 26th Battalion

Sergeant William Henry Cooling. Source: Australian War Memorial, Image No. P09440.001

Guest Blogger: Ian Lang, Researcher Sherwood Presbyterian Roll of Honour William Cooling (regimental no. 254) was born in December 1894, being the only son of Henry Augustus Blagrove Cooling and Ellen Gertrude nee Howes of Oxley, Brisbane.  His father, who died suddenly in 1908, was a clerk of the Supreme Court.   William was a teacher at the Fortitude Valley State School … Read more

Western Front Commemorative Service, Brisbane, 23 July 2016

Western Front Memorial Service held in Brisbane 23 July 2016. Source: Anzac Centenary Coordination Unit.

On Saturday, 23rd July 2016, a moving commemorative service, organised by the Queensland Government, was held at the Shrine of Remembrance in Anzac Square, Brisbane, to honour the Australian troops who served on the Western Front. The ceremony marked the 100th anniversary of the first Australian soldiers entering France and Belgium in 1916.  295,000 Australians served on the Western Front in battles … Read more