Impacts of desertion

Hyde Park Corner at Messines, Belgium. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 119608

Guest blogger: Victoria Carless – Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation Fellow During the process of researching and writing my novel on desertion during the Great War, I’ve come to learn that the decision to leave one’s post and one’s mates often had severe implications.  Not only in that moment and during the war, but … Read more

Archivists of loss

Front page of the Christmas edition of The Queenslander, 2 December 1916 John Oxley Library Neg # 189832

During the writing of my PhD on the origins of Anzac Day I became increasingly aware of the differences between the public and private versions of memorialisation of the catastrophic events of World War 1. The public, collective process of memorialising was largely men’s business. It was men who organised and promoted Anzac Day commemoration … Read more

Frozen cheese and footy

Bert Hinkler and his family Bundaberg Queensland 1928

To be a Queensland soldier on foreign soil meant many different things. For Lieutenant Keith Mackay it meant loneliness and frozen cheese. For future aviator, Bert Hinkler, it was a source of pride, and for Corporal Ernest Mitchell it provided an opportunity to trumpet Queensland achievement. 2015 Q ANZAC 100 fellow, Robert Hogg, has spent … Read more

Seeking asylum in music

Queensland Premier T. J. Ryan in a studio portrait taken in London

Queensland’s conservative history has helped obscure some of the more florid aspects of the conscription debate during World War I, according to Q ANZAC 100 fellow, John Thompson. During his fellowship year, John has been investigating a number of key wartime flashpoints such as the raid on the Government Printing Office in Brisbane in 1917. … Read more

Queensland Memory Awards 2016

Queensland Memory Awards 2015

Researchers are encouraged to explore Queensland’s rich history with the support of State Library of Queensland (SLQ) fellowships. Applications are now open nationwide for seven fellowships totalling $100,000 as part of the Queensland Memory Awards. The Queensland Memory Awards comprise: John Oxley Library Fellowship ($20,000 plus 12 months personal work space in the Neil Roberts … Read more