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E.T. Shorley: First World War lyricist and poet digital story

Joy bells are ringing. Words by E. T. Shorley ; music by Helena Miller.

State Library recently commissioned a digital story – 30945 E.T. Shorley: First World War lyricist and poet digital story 2017 – to explore the homefront contribution of central Queensland lyricist and poet E.T. (Ezra Thomas) Shorley, and the play The Optimist, by Rockhampton music teacher and playwright Janet Stevenson, who received a Regional Arts Development Fund grant in 1915 to research … Read more

Curtis FORD #4784

Curtis Ford

Indigenous Australian, Private Curtis FORD, 15th Infantry Battalion. Curtis Ford was born at Southport, QLD in 1888 to Arthur Ford and Julia Sandy. Records show that after the death of his mother in 1896, Curtis and several of his siblings attended the Deebing Creek Aboriginal School. Curtis Ford was working as a stockman when he … Read more

Joseph FLETCHER #435

Joseph Fletcher

Indigenous Australian, Driver Joseph FLETCHER, 15th Infantry Battalion. Joe FLETCHER was one of 10 children born to Edward Fletcher and an Aboriginal woman in 1891. The family were farming cane at Tatura when Jo Fletcher volunteered to serve in the first AIF in September 1914, just weeks after Australians were called to fight for King … Read more