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A conservation clinic, Captain Frank Page’s letters and a mystery

Last week, retired school teacher Desley Affleck attended a State Library Q ANZAC 100 Caring for Collections clinic at Redcliffe Museum, cradling a large black photo album and a precariously wrapped brown paper package. Inside Desley’s album were original photographs, newspaper clippings and various letters written by, or to, her Great Uncle, Captain Frank Page, … Read more

Sister Florence soldier settler

Guest Blogger: Ann Hilder, Gap Pioneer and History Group In September 1919 Sister Florence Elizabeth James-Wallace was allotted Portion 97 of the Waterworks Road Soldier Settlement in the Parish of Enoggera. 42 blocks were made available for settlement by soldiers and one nursing sister after World War 1. Portion 97 remained in Sister James-Wallace’s name for … Read more

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William Olive

William OLIVE, 9th & 49th Infantry Battalion Private Willie Olive was born to James [?] Olive and Nellie Cowan (1854-1904) about 1883 and although he enlisted in Lismore, NSW to serve with the first AIF, he trained at Enoggera, Brisbane with the 16th Reinforcements for the 9th Infantry Battalion. His mother Nellie had died in … Read more

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Alexander Stanley

Indigenous Australian, Alexander STANLEY, 11th Light Horse Regiment Alexander ‘Digger’ Stanley volunteered to serve with the first AIF in March 1918, and with no known relatives named his friend Jack Dillahide as his next of kin. Stanley had been working as a drover at Wongongra Station near Chincilla in the Western Downs region of Queensland. … Read more

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George James Sosar

George SOSAR, 26th Infantry Battalion George James SOSAR was born on Thursday Island in 1892, when his father was working on the island as a carpenter. George’s father Manuel Sosar was born in central Chile, South America and his mother Harriet Morris, born in Bowen, was the granddaughter of Mary an aboriginal woman from Manaroo … Read more

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Tom Smith

Indigenous Australian, Tom SMITH,  49th Infantry Battalion When Tom (Thomas Henry) SMITH enlisted in the first AIF in May 1917, it was not for the first time. Tom had previously volunteered in 1915 but was rejected for being half-caste. On this occasion Tom was in the company of two other Aboriginal recruits, Charlie Parker and … Read more

Edward SMITH #2445

Edwards Smith

Indigenous Australian, Edward SMITH, 11th Light Horse Regiment Trooper Edward SMITH was born in Mitchell to a white man named Smith who worked on Forest Vale Station and Annie [?Butcher] an aboriginal woman in 1886. Himself a stock and station hand he enlisted in the first AIF in May 1917 and trained at Rifle Range … Read more

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Charlie Smith

Indigenous Australian, Charlie SMITH, 6th Queensland Reinforcements. Charlie SMITH was born at Harvest Home Station, near Charters Towers, Qld. to William and Cissie Smith in 1899 and was working as a stockman on Bluff Downs Station before he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in July 1918. Charlie Smith was one of five stockmen … Read more

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Martin Blyth

Indigenous Australian, Martin BLYTH, Australian Army Service Corps. Driver Martin BLYTH was born in Kilkivan, Queensland in 1893. He was working as a stockman in the area in 1918 when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in August 1918. The enlisting officer, wrote to District Headquarters on his behalf, and another indigenous volunteer … Read more