The Hinchinbrook Shire Council was the proud recipient of a Queensland Anzac Centenary Spirit of Service grant which facilitated the creation of the first Digital Honour Roll in Queensland which has taken just a little over two years to come to fruition.
Inspired by the servicemen who originated from the Hinchinbrook Shire it commemorates those who marched off to World War 1, exhibiting the values of courage, integrity, resilience, mateship, duty and sacrifice.
The project was overseen by a committee, and supported by others from the Gilroy Santa Maria College World War 1 Project Link Club, 31st Royal Queensland Regiment Battalion Association, Rotary Club of Hinchinbrook, Herbert River RSL, Hinchinbrook Shire Library and Council, and representatives from GP One.
The Gilroy Santa Maria College World War 1 Project Link Club researched the 39 Soldiers and interviewed local descendants of the deceased WW1 Soldiers, working collaboratively with GP One to transfer the research data to a touchscreen format.
The Digital Honour Roll will have a legacy far beyond 2018 and has galvanized the local residents of the Hinchinbrook Shire as they commemorate the Anzac Centenary.
You can view Queensland’s first Digital Honour Roll located in the 31st Battalion – The Kennedy Regiment mini Military Museum at the Hinchinbrook Shire Library, or online via a link at https://www.tyto.com.au/culture/hinchinbrook-shire-digital-honour-roll/
Soldier portraits digitised from The Queenslander Pictorial, Courtesy State Library of Queensland
Marg Powell | Specialist Library Technician | State Library of Queensland