Indigenous recruits rejected at camp

In May 1917, the Australian Government issued a Military Order (No. 200) which relaxed the Defence Act (1903) provisions around indigenous enlistment. A resounding ‘No’ vote in the 1916 conscription referendum, heavy losses on the Western Front, and a decreasing number of willing recruits, prompted authorities to consider other strategies to fulfill the recruiting quota. … Read more

Anzac Day 1917

Anzac Day procession in Brisbane 1917. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Neg: 22996.

One hundred years ago, thousands of people turned out all over Australia to commemorate Anzac Day, 25 April. In Queensland, processions were held in towns across the state. In regional areas, Friendly Societies, scouts, cadets, the fire brigade, the ambulance and all sorts of other local organisations joined together to process down main streets and … Read more

Queensland Anzac Centenary Grants Program

Anzac Centenary Queensland

Applications are now open for the Queensland Anzac Centenary Lasting Legacies and Spirit of Service grants programs. Funding is available for projects that commemorate the role played by Queenslanders in the First World War or other significant Australian military anniversaries. Recent changes have made the grants program even more accessible for community organisations to apply, with two types … Read more

Western Front Commemorative Service, Brisbane, 23 July 2016

Western Front Memorial Service held in Brisbane 23 July 2016. Source: Anzac Centenary Coordination Unit.

On Saturday, 23rd July 2016, a moving commemorative service, organised by the Queensland Government, was held at the Shrine of Remembrance in Anzac Square, Brisbane, to honour the Australian troops who served on the Western Front. The ceremony marked the 100th anniversary of the first Australian soldiers entering France and Belgium in 1916.  295,000 Australians served on the Western Front in battles … Read more

Brightlingsea Brides

Carnival at Brightingslea, 2016

This year will be the centenary of the arrival of over 10,000 ANZACS who, between 1916 and 1919, were billeted in Brightlingsea, England and trained at the Australian Engineers Training Depot before being sent on active service to the Western Front and beyond. The soldiers were welcomed into the community, to the extent that 29 … Read more