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Colin Douglas McCowan Collection Digitised@SLQ

The young Australian soldier above, Colin Douglas McCowan, was killed almost 100 years ago in the aftermath of the Battle of Messines (June 7-14, 1917) in Belgium.  The John Oxley Library has recently digitised photographs, correspondence, postcards, and ephemera relating to this brave soldier, which were kindly donated to us by his descendants. Colin Douglas McCowan (service no. 167) was born … Read more

The scene of the (war) crime

Guest Blogger Victoria Carless, Q ANZAC 100 Fellow 2016-17 It was in the surrounding countryside, over several months in 2017, that the muddy and bloody battle of Passchendaele was fought. In October alone, over 6,600 Australian lives were lost. Many of the headstones here remain unnamed. I’ve always had a hunch that to write authentically about a place it’s important … Read more

Indigenous recruits rejected at camp

In May 1917, the Australian Government issued a Military Order (No. 200) which relaxed the Defence Act (1903) provisions around indigenous enlistment. A resounding ‘No’ vote in the 1916 conscription referendum, heavy losses on the Western Front, and a decreasing number of willing recruits, prompted authorities to consider other strategies to fulfill the recruiting quota. … Read more

Percy Stuart Hughes

Percy Hughes

Guest Blogger: Margaret Deacon My great Uncle Percy was born at Blanchview, Helidon on 20th April 1894, the seventh child of Joseph and Lucy Hughes.  They had traveled from Plymouth, England on the RMS Roma arriving at Moreton Bay on 22 February 1882. Their first child, Roland was born during the sea voyage. His parents … Read more

Discovering Anzacs: The Descendants of James Josey

The Discovering Anzacs volunteers have been working with the digitised portraits of 15,000 Queensland soldiers of the First World War and their digitised enlistment records in a joint project between the State Library and the National Archives of Australia. In creating digital profiles for these soldiers they also come across connections between stories of family … Read more

QANZAC Volunteers

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In 2014 the State Library recruited a crack team of volunteer transcribers to work alongside QANZAC staff. Their mission is to reveal the stories held within the Library’s World War 1 collections. Dream job you think? Well they don’t get paid . . . and the work is challenging. Transcribing diaries, letters and cards, often … Read more

Bundaberg’s Memorials

Bundaberg War Memorial

Bundaberg, like other regional centers in Queensland, has a number of First World War Memorials. The most significant is the memorial located at the intersection of Bourbong and Barolin Streets, right in the centre of town. Erected in 1921, this imposing memorial is still in the same location as it was when it was first built … Read more