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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