Brightlingsea Brides

Carnival at Brightingslea, 2016

This year will be the centenary of the arrival of over 10,000 ANZACS who, between 1916 and 1919, were billeted in Brightlingsea, England and trained at the Australian Engineers Training Depot before being sent on active service to the Western Front and beyond. The soldiers were welcomed into the community, to the extent that 29 … Read more

Brisbane Grammar School Soldier Portraits Digitised @SLQ

"Annals of the Brisbane Grammar School 1869-1922"  John Oxley Library, Call No. NAT 373.9431 STE.

  A beautifully bound leather book held in the collection of the John Oxley Library is the Annals of the Brisbane Grammar School 1869-1922, compiled by Stuart Stephenson, and published by the Government Printer, Brisbane, in 1923.  Apart from providing a comprehensive history of this important Queensland school, the publication also contains significant World War … Read more

The Rejected Volunteers

This photograph was taken in Lissner Park, Charters Towers on 25 April 1920. It denotes some of the rejected men wearing badges sitting in close company with the veterans of the First World War. Image by Charters Towers Archives.

Many men were unable to serve in the First World War for medical reasons. By guest blogger Michael Brumby, Charters Towers Archives. The Charters Towers Volunteers Register provides a rare insight into those men who wanted to sign up for war service but were rejected on medical grounds. Of the 1660 men who were examined … Read more

Diary of a Submariner

AE2 Submarine 1914

Able Seaman John Harrison Wheat relished his life onboard one of Australia’s first submarines, the E-class AE2. He signed up with the Royal Navy (Australia) as a 16 year old lad, and was with the AE2 from her launch in June 1913. HMA Submarine AE2, Sydney 1914 When the sub was sunk off the Gallipoli Peninsula on 30 … Read more

Chinese Anzacs: The Shang Brothers of Cairns

Private Sidney Waugh Shang.  Source: Honouring ANZACS

Guest Blogger: Joanna Olsen, Researcher of the 17th Reinforcements of the 12th Battalion My Grandfather, Sidney Wah Shang, was born in Rockhampton, Queensland, in 1891.  He was the fifth of thirteen children born to Jane Noon and her Cantonese-born husband, Lee Wah Shang. The family eventually settled in Cairns and in January 1916, Sidney became the first Shang brother to … Read more

Older Soldiers

Edmond Stewart, Ipswich Tennis club 1920

Diary of Private Edmund Douglas Stewart, 26th Infantry Battalion, 1916-1917 Edmund Stewart was one month short of 44 years when he enlisted in June 1916, although he had attested to being 42 and 11 months. Until June 1915 the age requirements had been 19-38, however this was expanded to include men between 18-45 of age, … Read more

Poems From The War

War Poetry 002

A recently discovered treasure from the John Oxley Library collection is a 348 page cutting book containing Australian World War I poetry, (OM 92-68).   The poems, which cover the period 1914-1919, were published in The Bulletin magazine and the Sydney Mail newspaper, and provide a wonderful compilation of the works of various poets, many of them soldiers in the front lines. The … Read more