Ernst Oskar Queitzsch

Oscar Queitzsch

Guest Blogger: Gwen Price, Tablelands Regional Council Libraries Ernst Oskar (Oscar) Quesitzsch was born 4 April 1894 at Burkhardtsdorf, Saxony Germany to Ernst Herman and Anna Minna Quesitzsch nee Gunther. At four days he was baptised at the local Lutheran Church. The surname Quesitzsch is the not very common. In 2014 it was the 1,423,954th most common … Read more

The Diggers Friend

Sadie MacDonald, WW1

The Diggers’ Friend: Sadie [Sarah] Charlotte Macdonald (1875-1970) A member of the Australian Army Nursing Service during World War I, Sadie MacDonald MBE, ARRC, FNM, JP, was known affectionately by many Queensland returned soldiers as ‘The Diggers’ Friend’. She had a life-long association with the military and with the profession of nursing in Queensland. Guest … Read more

Staff Nurse Monica Margaret O’Callaghan

The Australian Army Nursing Service appointment record issued to Monica in 1917. This document is held at the Cairns Historical Society.

Guest blogger: Pauline O’Keeffe, Cairns Historical Society. Monica Margaret O’Callaghan, daughter of Callaghan O’Callaghan and his wife Margaret (nee Finlay) was born in Irvinebank, 2 December 1887. Monica completed her nursing training at the Cairns District Hospital, graduating on 2 August 1915 aged 27. By September 1917, Monica enlisted in the Australian Army Nursing Service … Read more

Sergeant William Henry Cooling of the 26th Battalion

Sergeant William Henry Cooling. Source: Australian War Memorial, Image No. P09440.001

Guest Blogger: Ian Lang, Researcher Sherwood Presbyterian Roll of Honour William Cooling (regimental no. 254) was born in December 1894, being the only son of Henry Augustus Blagrove Cooling and Ellen Gertrude nee Howes of Oxley, Brisbane.  His father, who died suddenly in 1908, was a clerk of the Supreme Court.   William was a teacher at the Fortitude Valley State School … Read more

Sergeant Harold Robert Colquhoun: A Love Story From Gallipoli

Sergeant Harold Robert Colquhoun, ca. 1915.  Source: Mareeba Heritage Museum.

Guest Bloggers: Jacqueline Morris & Colin Cater, Mareeba Heritage Museum The Mareeba Heritage Museum is privileged to hold copies of the World War I correspondence of Sergeant Harold Colquhoun, a brave young soldier from Mareeba.  Harold’s letters, written from the battlefields of Gallipoli, tell the story of a man who adored his family, and reveal a much-loved … Read more