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Christmas 1914

  Postcard Joseph Lebovic collection, National Museum of Australia In December 1914 our nation was very new to the notion of being at war. Many of those men who enlisted had not yet seen conflict, and they celebrated Christmas in training camps in Australia, on board transport ships, or in desert camps in the shadows of … Read more

Kit bags wanted

Brisbane Courier 18 December 2014

On this day in 1914, in the Brisbane Courier – In September 1914, the Defence Minister revealed that extra kit bags were required for the troops, for use during the voyage overseas. The regulation bag, with which they were issued, containing the items required for service in the field, would be stored in the … Read more

Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a new generation Fellowships announced

Elaine Acworth

On 12 December, State Librarian & CEO Janette Wright announced the inaugural Q ANZAC 100 Fellows.  Congratulations to: Elaine Acworth, multi-award winning playwright; Dr Neville Buch, historical consultant and author; Robert Hogg, published researcher and writer; and local Brisbane performer and composer, John Joseph Thompson. This first round of Fellowships attracted over 50 applications from … Read more

Chocolates for Soldiers

CHOCOLATES FOR THE SOLDIERS (1914, December 10). The Brisbane Courier, p.7

Not to be confused with ‘Chocolate soldiers’ a slang word for soldiers who were believed to be unwilling to fight, The Australian War Contingent Association distributed gifts to Australian soldiers overseas during the First World War. “The Australian War contingent Association is sending every soldier a box of chocolates with greetings for the New … Read more

Only one of the toys

Guest blogger: Sandy Bickerton, University of Queensland Honesty is the best policy, but sometimes honesty is also brutal. Only One of the Toys by Mark Erickson and P. Clay-Bealer is an example of how war caused people to be brutally honest when they might otherwise be playfully fictitious. Another one of Dinsdale’s productions, the song … Read more