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

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

Colin Douglas McCowan Collection Digitised@SLQ

The young Australian soldier above, Colin Douglas McCowan, was killed almost 100 years ago in the aftermath of the Battle of Messines (June 7-14, 1917) in Belgium.  The John Oxley Library has recently digitised photographs, correspondence, postcards, and ephemera relating to this brave soldier, which were kindly donated to us by his descendants. Colin Douglas McCowan (service no. 167) was born … Read more

Nursing the Wounded: Constance Keys’ Account of the Aftermath Of The Gallipoli Landing

The Constance Keys Collection, which is currently being digitised, is one of the most significant and moving World War I nurse’s collections which we hold.  It consists of photographs, correspondence, diaries, ephemera and objects, created and collected by this young Brisbane nurse, who through her compassion, generosity and bravery was loved and revered by the men whom … Read more