A number of articles about the First World War are published in the Family History Newsletter on the website of the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (RBDM). The paragraphs below are excerpts from the article ‘Lest we forget – Qld RBDMs World War One commemorative death certificates’ by Adrian Harrison of the Department of Justice and Attorney General, which you can find in full in Issue 5 October 2014.
August 2014 marked the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, a conflict in which 58,000 Queenslanders fought and more than 10,000 died. Over the next four years the Queensland Government will be commemorating this momentous event and remembering the sacrifice of our forefathers—and foremothers.
As custodians of Queensland’s family history, the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (RBDM) will be a focus for DJAG’s contribution to the commemoration. RBDM holds comprehensive death registrations for service men and women from both world wars who enlisted in Queensland and died on active duty, as well as registration records for the thousands more who served. To mark the centenary, RBDM is releasing two very special commemorative World War One death certificates. These are now available, with some of the proceeds going to Soldier On, a charity which supports the current generation of mentally and physically wounded service personnel.
With more than 2 million historical records including more than 15,000 records of deceased World War One and World War Two military personnel, you never know what family history you might find through a simple search of the official Queensland Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages database.
State Library also offers a number of useful First World War resources to assist family historians.
Robyn Hamilton – QANZAC100 Content Curator, State Library of Queensland