Miss Lylia Fegan and her concert tours

Lylia Fegan performance programme, Acc. 29689 scrapbook Item 4

In 2016, State Library accessioned the collection of Miss Eliza Ethel Irvine (Lylia) Fegan A.T.O.L. (1887-1950), a leading Queensland elocutionist, musician, accompanist and teacher, known for her well-organised concerts and concert parties around the years of the First World War. The daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Fegan, Lylia and her brother Humphrey (Ray) were raised in Brisbane, and … Read more

Discovering Annie Wheeler: digital story

This new digital story examines the important and unique part Mrs. Annie Wheeler played in connecting Central Queensland soldiers and their families during the First World War. Annie Margaret Wheeler (1867-1950), soldiers’ welfare worker, was born at Saunders Station, Dingo, Queensland. Educated in Rockhampton, she trained as a nurse at Sydney Hospital. In 1896 she married Henry Gaudiano Wheeler of … Read more

Central Queensland Nurses of the First World War digital story

Dr Vivian Voss and staff at the Womens Hospital Rockhampton Queensland ca. 1900-1910, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg. 30586-0001-0040

In 2014, the Rockhampton Country Hospital Museum in Central Queensland undertook research aimed to identify and honour the First World War contributions of local nurses who trained at local hospitals, had a Pre-war or Post-war link to the local area, and enlisted to serve their country. Limiting the geographical area to central Queensland allowed the research to focus on Rockhampton Hospital nurse training records, … Read more

Queensland’s First World War death registers digital story

First World War registers

State Library recently commissioned a digital story, to highlight the unique First World War death registers held at Queensland’s Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (RBDM). These registers are hold almost 10,000 names, but none of the soldiers registered died in Queensland. Between 1921-1924, as a means of providing Queensland families with some kind of closure, … Read more

E.T. Shorley: First World War lyricist and poet digital story

Joy bells are ringing. Words by E. T. Shorley ; music by Helena Miller.

State Library recently commissioned a digital story – 30945 E.T. Shorley: First World War lyricist and poet digital story 2017 – to explore the homefront contribution of central Queensland lyricist and poet E.T. (Ezra Thomas) Shorley, and the play The Optimist, by Rockhampton music teacher and playwright Janet Stevenson, who received a Regional Arts Development Fund grant in 1915 to research … Read more

Noosa remembers

Noosa Remembers

Noosa remembers: a history of the World War I memorials of Noosa Shire was launched at the Pomona Memorial rotunda on Friday 8 September 2017. This date is significant as exactly 100 years before, on Saturday 8 September 1917, the Roll of Honour for Noosa Shire was unveiled and dedicated. As with many communities across … Read more

Brisbane Exhibition 1917

Page 21 of the Queenslander Pictorial supplement 25 August 1917

As the Third Battle of Ypres consumed young Queensland soldiers across the dreadful months of August and September 1917, at home in Queensland life went on. In Brisbane, the annual Exhibition marked the calendar in August, and visitors, livestock and produce converged from all over the state. While thousands of people flocked to the Exhibition … Read more

Indigenous recruits rejected at camp

In May 1917, the Australian Government issued a Military Order (No. 200) which relaxed the Defence Act (1903) provisions around indigenous enlistment. A resounding ‘No’ vote in the 1916 conscription referendum, heavy losses on the Western Front, and a decreasing number of willing recruits, prompted authorities to consider other strategies to fulfill the recruiting quota. … Read more

Anzac Day 1917

Anzac Day procession in Brisbane 1917. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Neg: 22996.

One hundred years ago, thousands of people turned out all over Australia to commemorate Anzac Day, 25 April. In Queensland, processions were held in towns across the state. In regional areas, Friendly Societies, scouts, cadets, the fire brigade, the ambulance and all sorts of other local organisations joined together to process down main streets and … Read more