Digitised @SLQ: Photograph of Miss Grace Perry, “Queen of Queens” of the Queensland Patriotic Carnival, 1915

Source: John Oxley Library, Accession 30516.

The studio photograph above shows Miss Grace Perry, representing the firm of T.C. Beirne and Co., in her regalia as “Queen of Queens” of the Queensland Day Patriotic Carnival in 1915.  The carnival was held at Davies Park in South Brisbane, on the 25th September, in aid of the Disabled Soldiers’ Fund.  In the Queens’ Competition … Read more

Red Cross Society in Queensland

Australian Red Cross Society. Queensland Division. Red Cross magazine. Vol. 1, no. 1: December 1915.

The Australian Branch of the British Red Cross Society began on 13 August 1914 at Government House, Melbourne, nine days after the outbreak of the First World War. The Queensland Division was inaugurated just a day later, at a meeting at the Town Hall, Brisbane. Presiding over the meeting was Lady Morgan, and the Mayoress of Brisbane, Mrs. Jenkinson. Queensland’s Governor His Excellency … Read more

Digitised@SLQ: Norman Lindsay recruiting pamphlets

? [Question mark] by Norman Lindsay

Artist Norman Lindsay (1879-1969) may be best known for his children’s classic The Magic Pudding, published in 1918, but much of his output during the First World War was propaganda and recruitment posters commissioned by the Australian Government. Among many other creative  pursuits, Lindsay worked as an editorial cartoonist, and maintained a long association with The … 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

Miriam Dunn Collection Digitised @SLQ

Miriam Dunn Collection, Acc: 29925, Official Programme  Brisbane Centenary Celebrations Royal National Show 6th to 16th August 1924, p.

The homefront experience of those left behind, particularly the women, is an often forgotten story in the history of the First World War.  The friends and families of those who volunteered for military service quickly mobilised to provide support, through the formation of comforts funds and patriotic committees.  Money was raised, socks and scarves were knitted, and treats were baked for the … Read more

The Rejected Volunteers

This photograph was taken in Lissner Park, Charters Towers on 25 April 1920. It denotes some of the rejected men wearing badges sitting in close company with the veterans of the First World War. Image by Charters Towers Archives.

Many men were unable to serve in the First World War for medical reasons. By guest blogger Michael Brumby, Charters Towers Archives. The Charters Towers Volunteers Register provides a rare insight into those men who wanted to sign up for war service but were rejected on medical grounds. Of the 1660 men who were examined … Read more