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

French Leave, 1915

Court Martial 25-29 April 1915

AWOL from the Isolation Ward When Staff Sergeant Christie and Acting Sergeant Wakefield called the roll at 8 pm in the Isolation Ward of the Field Hospital, Enoggera Barracks, they found 16 men absent. The accused men were arrested and held in custody until tried by Court martial, held 27-29th April 1915. Each man was asked to … Read more

Supporting the soldiers of the 15th Battalion from Charters Towers

Young ladies pose alongside Enlistment Sergeant William Mackay. All were members of the 15th Battalion Knitting Club, Charters Towers, 1917. Collection: Charters Towers Archives.

Guest blogger: Michael Brumby, Charters Towers Archives This special photograph showing Enlistment Sergeant William “Mack” Mackay, surrounded by members of the 15th Battalion Knitting Club, was taken in the front garden of Mrs Mary Urquhart’s home in Prior St, Charters Towers in 1917. “Mack” had been severely wounded while serving with the 15th Battalion at Gallipoli. … Read more

O’Shea Family Collection Digitised @SLQ

Gunner Charles O'Shea and his brother, Private Timothy O'Shea, ca. 1916.  Acc: 29834, item 1.

Another diverse and interesting World War I collection from the John Oxley Library, which has recently been digitised, is that of the O’Shea family of New Farm, Brisbane. The collection includes material relating to the war service of brothers, Charles and Timothy O’Shea.  Charles, who served with the 36 Australian Heavy Artillery Group in France, spent time in a German … Read more

Miriam Dunn Collection Digitised @SLQ

Miriam Dunn Collection, Acc: 29925, Official Programme  Brisbane Centenary Celebrations Royal National Show 6th to 16th August 1924, p.

The homefront experience of those left behind, particularly the women, is an often forgotten story in the history of the First World War.  The friends and families of those who volunteered for military service quickly mobilised to provide support, through the formation of comforts funds and patriotic committees.  Money was raised, socks and scarves were knitted, and treats were baked for the … Read more