First World War White Gloves experience at the Emerald Art Gallery
The final regional visit for 2015 by the Q ANZAC 100 team delivering the regional Q ANZAC 100 workshops was to Emerald in Central Queensland and revealed Emerald’s Anzac connections. A new series of visits will continue during 2016.
Our first day in Emerald began and concluded with a First World War White Gloves Experience. I always enjoy being able to share these treasures with communities who are unable to otherwise see these items and to hear about their First World War connections.
We really appreciated the use of the Emerald Art Gallery for the Tuesday events. It is a great space with colourful art works of the wall and our thanks go to the Emerald Art Gallery Committee and the Central Highlands Regional Council for providing the venue.
Caring for Your First World War treasures talk
Between these two White Gloves Experiences was a Caring for Your First World War treasures talk and conservation clinic. At this event, Rachel Spano (SLQ conservator) freely shared conservation knowledge with community members who had their own treasures such as an early ‘autograph book’ from a soldier and letters from a First World War prisoner of war.
Providing advice the during the Caring for Your First World War conservation clinic
These letters and other documents relating to the prisoner of war have subsequently been donated to the State Library for digitisation and sharing online. Further information on caring for your collections is available from the Q ANZAC 100 website.
Lights out at the Emerald Art Gallery for the showing of the video presentation depicting First World War images from the State Library collection
During the evening event at the Art Gallery we also presented the Q ANZAC 100 projection. With assistance from Karen Newman (Arts and Cultural Officer with the Central Highlands Regional Council) a suitable wall space was identified for the video projection.
A group also gathered at the Emerald Library on Wednesday for a Promote and Share workshop to explore the use of social media platforms to share the First Word War story of the Central Highlands region.
Before leaving Emerald, Troy Keith and I had the pleasure of visiting the Emerald Pioneer Cottages located behind the visitor information centre.
Beryl Baker hosted our visit on behalf of the historical society and showed us the gaol house and cells, an early period home, and a communications building. There is also a church building which contains displays of artefacts from the region along with the recent First World War exhibition held at the Art Gallery: Gone but not forgotten: the Anzacs of Emerald and the district.
This is a portion of the extensive list of service personnel from the district who fought at Gallipoli.
The result of a partnership between the RSL, council and community, this impressive and expertly researched exhibition includes familiar names such as Reverend Canon Garland who spent time in Emerald and Mrs Annie Wheeler who provided invaluable support to soldiers and their families from the region during the war years.
Further information on caring for your collections is available from the Q ANZAC 100 website. Examples of the information available includes:
- Caring for your collections – paper-based collections
- Caring for your collections – Photographs
- Caring for your collections – Books and bound material.
Niles Elvery | Regional Coordinator, Q ANZAC 100, State Library of Queensland