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

Discovering Anzacs: The Descendants of James Josey

The Discovering Anzacs volunteers have been working with the digitised portraits of 15,000 Queensland soldiers of the First World War and their digitised enlistment records in a joint project between the State Library and the National Archives of Australia. In creating digital profiles for these soldiers they also come across connections between stories of family … Read more

QANZAC Volunteers

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In 2014 the State Library recruited a crack team of volunteer transcribers to work alongside QANZAC staff. Their mission is to reveal the stories held within the Library’s World War 1 collections. Dream job you think? Well they don’t get paid . . . and the work is challenging. Transcribing diaries, letters and cards, often … Read more

Prisoners of War

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From the WW1 collections of SLQ Over 4,000 Australians were interned by Turkish and German forces between 1914 & 1918, but how many were from Queensland and, how many survived? SLQ holds collections that relate to eight Prisoners of War that hailed from Queensland, and through the QANZAC 100 project we have been able to tell … Read more

Nursing the Wounded: Constance Keys’ Account of the Aftermath Of The Gallipoli Landing

The Constance Keys Collection, which is currently being digitised, is one of the most significant and moving World War I nurse’s collections which we hold.  It consists of photographs, correspondence, diaries, ephemera and objects, created and collected by this young Brisbane nurse, who through her compassion, generosity and bravery was loved and revered by the men whom … Read more

Queensland women poets and the First World War: Building a digital anthology

Paula-Fitzgerald Negative number: 83081, John Oxley Library, SLQ

Guest Blogger Maria Quirk, QANZAC100 Fellow 2016-17 I began my Q Anzac 100 Fellowship researching what motivated women to engage in war work. Throughout the course of my research, looking at documents, diaries, letters and other writings from women of this period, what immediately captured my attention was the poetry of Queensland women during the … Read more

Duty and Care: Queensland women of the First World War exhibition

Items in the Duty and Care exhibition, Treasures Wall, Level 4, State Library of Queensland

With limited opportunity for active service, how did women contribute during the tumultuous years of the First World War? State Library of Queensland’s new exhibition Duty and Care explores items from the First World War collections, preserved as powerful examples of women’s wartime involvement and experiences. Now on display in the Talbot Family Treasures Wall on Level 4 … Read more