The Bully of the World: The Queensland Press and Germany August 1914 – April 1915

Military parade of the 1st Contingent, marching in Queen Street, Brisbane, 1914. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 146032

Guest blogger: Dr Martin Kerby, 2018 QANZAC100 Fellow. During the first nine months of the conflict the Queensland press communicated an imagining of the conflict framed by binary opposites. The contrast between peace and war, patriotism and a fervour for war, the societal roles of males and females, and German militarism and Pax Britannica, were … Read more

First of thousands

In 1937 The Queenslander Annual described Queen’s Park as ‘An emerald setting liberally studded with multi-coloured flowers, Nature’s glowing gems (1st November 1937, p.38)’. In the foreground is the state’s first Boer War trophy, and behind it stands Australia’s first Great War trophy. The Courier Mail described the former as Victorian junk when, in March 1948, it was removed to the Queensland Museum.

Guest blogger: Mark Clayton.  Having escaped the combined grant-funded attentions of historians, archivists, librarians, conservators, academics and curators, Queensland’s (and Australia’s) first Great War trophy faces the prospect of another one hundred years of service as a garden ornament. During and immediately after the 1914 – 1918 war thousands of captured enemy cannons, mortars, machine … Read more

Walter POLLOCK #7291

Walter Pollock

Indigenous Australian, Walter POLLOCK, 15th Infantry Battalion Walter POLLOCK put his name forward to volunteer for the first AIF in November 1916, 10 days after his younger brother Frank. Born at Noondoo Station, in 1890 to Maggie Freeman (later Green) and David Pollock, Walter was a station hand at Noondoo, like his brother. Walter was … Read more

Frank POLLOCK #644

Frank Pollock

Indigenous Australian, Frank POLLOCK, 4th Machine Gun Battalion Frank POLLOCK just 21 years old volunteered to serve with the First AIF in October 1916, 10 days before his older brother Walter also stepped forward. Frank was born in 1895 to David Pollock and Maggie Freeman (later Green) at Noondoo Station, situated between Dirranbandi and Thallon, … Read more

Richard and Frank Maitland

11th Machine Gun Company

Private Richard Maitland, front row, far right, 11th Australian Machine Gun Company. Brothers Reginald (Richard) and Francis (Frank) Maitland were born to Frank Maitland and Ellen Hewitt. Their mother Ellen died in 1903 and the three children were placed in care, the youngest Dorothy born just two years prior. Barely 19 years old, Richard Maitland enlisted … Read more

Frederick WHARTON #6530

Frederick Stanley WHARTON

Indigenous Australian, Frederick WHARTON, 9th Infantry Battalion. Fred WHARTON was born in 1893 at Walgett, NSW to Frederick Horsley Wharton and Grace Hendren. One of three brothers to enlist, Fred was working as a stockman at Pentland, near Charters Towers when he volunteered in June 1916. His initial training took place at Rifle Range Camp, … Read more

Virgil TEMPLETON #5032

Indigenous Australian, Virgil TEMPLETON, 26th Infantry Battalion. Virgil Charles TEMPLETON, was one of four siblings admitted to Salvation Army children’s homes in 1901 after their mother Maria was declared unfit to care for them – Josephine age 2, Virgil age 4, Henry age 5, and Lomer/Loma age 6. The girls were committed to the ‘Industrial … Read more