The Bully of the World: The Queensland Press and Germany August 1914 – April 1915

Military parade of the 1st Contingent, marching in Queen Street, Brisbane, 1914. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 146032

Guest blogger: Dr Martin Kerby, 2018 QANZAC100 Fellow. During the first nine months of the conflict the Queensland press communicated an imagining of the conflict framed by binary opposites. The contrast between peace and war, patriotism and a fervour for war, the societal roles of males and females, and German militarism and Pax Britannica, were … Read more

“Delusional Notions”: Returned soldiers and Dunwich

Sketch of Leland Virgil Edmund Noel. Published in the Truth (Brisbane), October 19, 1913, p.6

Guest blogger: Lisa Jackson – 2017 Q Anzac 100 Fellow The Dunwich Inebriate Institution – located within the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum on North Stradbroke Island – was the only place in Queensland responsible for supporting alcohol-affected soldiers in the period after the First World War. However, over 220 returned soldiers who were committed to the … Read more

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