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

Winton Lads, 5th Light Horse

Three mates, 5th Light Horse Regiment

This postcard from Trooper Tom Dawson, was written from the troopship Persic, just before the 5th Light Horse Regiment landed in Egypt. The photograph would have been taken in camp, before they embarked from Sydney in December 1914. Signed by four mates who enlisted together, their fortunes were mixed, two did not return. The rear of the … Read more

Ten Miles of Pennies and the Queensland Railways Patriotic Fund

Queensland Railway Express. State Library of Queensland collection

On August 19, 1914 a delegation of employees from the Southern Division of the Queensland Railway Department attended a meeting at the Railway Commissioner’s Office in Brisbane. The purpose of the meeting was to establish a Queensland Railways Patriotic Fund to raise funds to support fellow employees who had enlisted, as well as their dependents. At the meeting it was agreed … Read more

From Life to Immortality

Studio Portrait, Norman Francis McWaters

Norman Francis McWaters, 11th Australian Field Ambulance The only son of the Mayor of Toowoomba, Mac was farewelled in the Town Hall, as he prepared to embark for overseas. Having enlisted in January 1916 with the Australian Army Medical Corps, he spent much of that year training at the camp in Enoggera, close to Brisbane, … Read more

Sergeant Harold Robert Colquhoun: A Love Story From Gallipoli

Sergeant Harold Robert Colquhoun, ca. 1915.  Source: Mareeba Heritage Museum.

Guest Bloggers: Jacqueline Morris & Colin Cater, Mareeba Heritage Museum The Mareeba Heritage Museum is privileged to hold copies of the World War I correspondence of Sergeant Harold Colquhoun, a brave young soldier from Mareeba.  Harold’s letters, written from the battlefields of Gallipoli, tell the story of a man who adored his family, and reveal a much-loved … Read more