The Queensland Digger digitised@SLQ

The Queensland Digger, Vol.1 no.1, April 1925

To support the aims of the QANZAC100: Memories for a new generation project, State Library of Queensland has recently commenced digitisation of it 1925-1962 holdings of The Queensland Digger, the official journal of the Queensland Branch of the Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League of Australia (Queensland Branch) and Allied Organisations (R.S.S.A.I.L.A.). The journal includes narratives and remembrances, … Read more

Miss Lylia Fegan and her concert tours

Lylia Fegan performance programme, Acc. 29689 scrapbook Item 4

In 2016, State Library accessioned the collection of Miss Eliza Ethel Irvine (Lylia) Fegan A.T.O.L. (1887-1950), a leading Queensland elocutionist, musician, accompanist and teacher, known for her well-organised concerts and concert parties around the years of the First World War. The daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Fegan, Lylia and her brother Humphrey (Ray) were raised in Brisbane, and … Read more

Discovering Annie Wheeler: digital story

This new digital story examines the important and unique part Mrs. Annie Wheeler played in connecting Central Queensland soldiers and their families during the First World War. Annie Margaret Wheeler (1867-1950), soldiers’ welfare worker, was born at Saunders Station, Dingo, Queensland. Educated in Rockhampton, she trained as a nurse at Sydney Hospital. In 1896 she married Henry Gaudiano Wheeler of … Read more

The Memory Boxes

World War I souvenir postcard for Belgium featuring 1917 embroidered in Allied flags ca. 1917. From 29463 Hutchinson Family Papers. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Guest blogger: Greer Townshend – Q Anzac 100 Fellow It’s a strange feeling, opening up a box of someone’s entombed memories. A box of a soldier’s secret truths – truths that were never meant for me, but for “My dearest sister” or “Darling Nell,” or “To my sweetheart”. Boxes the colour of solemn grey skies … Read more

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

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

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