My Father’s Wars podcasts

Lieutenant William Snowden Acworth on the boat deck of the Karmala, returning to Australia, 1919. Photograph courtesy of Elaine Acworth

Podcasts of My Father’s Wars, created by Elaine Acworth, are now available on the QANZAC100 website. Elaine, a playwright and dramatist, was one of the State Library of Queensland’s 2015/2016 QANZAC100 Fellows, and developed these dramatic works based on her personal journey to discover the story of Bill Acworth – her father, and soldier of the two world wars. In … 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

The scene of the (war) crime

Guest Blogger Victoria Carless, Q ANZAC 100 Fellow 2016-17 It was in the surrounding countryside, over several months in 2017, that the muddy and bloody battle of Passchendaele was fought. In October alone, over 6,600 Australian lives were lost. Many of the headstones here remain unnamed. I’ve always had a hunch that to write authentically about a place it’s important … 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

Field Service Postcard

Field service postcard - front, record # 21128636310002061 John Oxley Library, SLQ

Guest Blogger: Mark Cryle, 2016-17 Q ANZAC 100: memories for a new generation Fellow Among the artefacts commonly found in collections of correspondence from World War 1 veterans is the Field Service Postcard. They constituted a significant percentage of the vast correspondence that travelled between the battle front and the home front during the war … Read more

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