Coomera Lads

Edwin and George Beattie

Edwin & George Beattie, 47th Infantry Battalion In March 1916 Ed and George left behind their elderly parents and seven siblings, to enlist in the First World War, the Beattie family were pioneer farmers in the Coomera district. Children of the Beattie family Coomera, c1900 Back row: George, Annie and Allie Front row: Mary, Eddie … Read more

Mates for Life

George Henry Brigham

Private George Brigham described his experiences of World War One in a ten-part diary, in the form of letters to his mother. It is a beautifully written account from a man who obviously delighted in life and those he met along the way. His narrative brings to life the shared experiences of four privates, who … Read more

Harold Robert Colquhoun And George Foulds Gilmore Collection Digitised @SLQ

Harold Robert Colquhoun. Source: John Oxley Library, Accession 30580/48.

Readers of our World War I blog will remember a previous story about Sergeant Harold Robert Colquhoun, a young soldier from Mareeba who was killed at Gallipoli.  Copies of Harold’s letters are held at the Mareeba Heritage Museum.  The original letters, photographs and ephemera relating to Harold and the Colquhoun family were recently donated to the … Read more

Ernst Oskar Queitzsch

Oscar Queitzsch

Guest Blogger: Gwen Price, Tablelands Regional Council Libraries Ernst Oskar (Oscar) Quesitzsch was born 4 April 1894 at Burkhardtsdorf, Saxony Germany to Ernst Herman and Anna Minna Quesitzsch nee Gunther. At four days he was baptised at the local Lutheran Church. The surname Quesitzsch is the not very common. In 2014 it was the 1,423,954th most common … Read more

Private Reginald Walter Barrett Postcard Albums Digitised@SLQ

Private Reginald Walter Barrett. Source: John Oxley Library, "The Queenslander", 2 June 1917, p.26.

Private Reginald Walter Barrett. Source: John Oxley Library, “The Queenslander”, 2 June 1917, p.26. The John Oxley Library has recently digitised the World War I postcard albums of Private Reginald Walter Barrett of Brisbane.  The postcards, in two albums, cover Barrett’s service during the war and were sent to family and friends in Queensland.  They … Read more