Historic ANZAC images inspire new knowledge

Guest blogger: Rowena Taylor, Brisbane Festival with contributions from C. Cottle, Queensland Memory Digital Collections Curator

Brisbane secondary school students and the public are invited to create an original photographic image based on the theme of ANZAC this year as part of the goa billboards Project.

A large contingent of soldiers waiting to board a troop ship, most likely at Hamilton Wharf. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 57039

A large contingent of soldiers waiting to board a troop ship, most likely at Hamilton Wharf.

John Oxley Library has provided digitised historic images from its collection to help inspire the creation of new knowledge as part of the artist-in-school workshops associated with the project. The images may act as a starting point for the creation of a new image or could provide the foundation of reworked, historical images.

The goa billboards Project has been a key educational initiative of the Brisbane Festival for the past 17 years.

WWI 11th Machine Gun Company, Chermside. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 23391

WWI 11th Machine Gun Company, Chermside

Festival Artistic Director Noel Staunton has chosen the theme of ANZAC as this year marks the beginning of the ANZAC Centenary. Participants are asked to examine their personal experience, opinion and perspective of the theme using the medium of photography and various editing tools available to them.

State Library has a wealth of World War I resources available to inform and inspire all potential participants on its website and in the One Search catalogue. Databases, electronic journals, original materials and published content are available.

New images created for the goa billboards Project will be selected and displayed on billboards in Brisbane and in exhibition as part of the Brisbane Festival this year. For more information about submitting an entry, go to the goa billboards Project website.