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Beersheba secret orders

Colonel David Gifford Croll and other officers in the Middle East, John Oxley Library, SLQ, Image number: OM78-70-0002-0005

The capture of Beersheba on 31 October 1917, as part of the third Battle of Gaza, was a complex operation, involving weeks of careful planning by Light Horse commanders. Secret operation orders held by State Library as part of the OM78-70 David Gifford Croll Papers 1914-1919; 1944-1948 provide a great insight into the many facets of the operation, … Read more

Harold Carl NAIRN #30097

Photograph of Grave

This photograph of a soldiers grave was sent to Catherine Nairn, who resided in South Brisbane, following the reported death of her son Harold in 1918. Harold the eldest son of Thomas and Catherine Nairn was an apprentice mechanical engineer, for the Australian Meat Export Co. when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in May 1916, … Read more

Harry HARPER #Q2035

Harry Haper

Indigenous Australian, Harry HARPER, 52nd Infantry Battalion. Private Harry HARPER was born at Albany Downs, Mitchell in 1892 to Harry and Alice (nee Corrigan) and was working as a Stockman at Tomoo Station, south west of Mitchell when he and two mates Tommy Smith and Charlie Parkes decided to volunteer with the first AIF. Recruited … Read more

Central Queensland Nurses of the First World War digital story

Dr Vivian Voss and staff at the Womens Hospital Rockhampton Queensland ca. 1900-1910, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg. 30586-0001-0040

In 2014, the Rockhampton Country Hospital Museum in Central Queensland undertook research aimed to identify and honour the First World War contributions of local nurses who trained at local hospitals, had a Pre-war or Post-war link to the local area, and enlisted to serve their country. Limiting the geographical area to central Queensland allowed the research to focus on Rockhampton Hospital nurse training records, … Read more

George GRAHAM #6077

Private George Graham

Indigenous Australian, Private George GRAHAM, 26th Infantry Battalion. George GRAHAM an oysterman from Nerang Creek, volunteered age 40 to serve with the first AIF in May 1916, mis-stating that he was 28 years old. Born to Andrew Graham and Jenny McGussy in Logan in 1876 he worked the oyster beds off the coast of Southern … Read more

Queensland’s First World War death registers digital story

First World War registers

State Library recently commissioned a digital story, to highlight the unique First World War death registers held at Queensland’s Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (RBDM). These registers are hold almost 10,000 names, but none of the soldiers registered died in Queensland. Between 1921-1924, as a means of providing Queensland families with some kind of closure, … Read more