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

George Crigan Graham Collection Digitised@SLQ

Another wonderful World War I collection which has recently been digitised is that of Private George Crigan Graham who served with the 9th Battalion on the Western Front.  This large collection comprises photographs and personal papers relating to G.C. Graham’s military service during the First World War, his fund raising efforts during World War II, and his extensive world travels after … Read more

Harold Robert Colquhoun And George Foulds Gilmore Collection Digitised @SLQ

Harold Robert Colquhoun. Source: John Oxley Library, Accession 30580/48.

Readers of our World War I blog will remember a previous story about Sergeant Harold Robert Colquhoun, a young soldier from Mareeba who was killed at Gallipoli.  Copies of Harold’s letters are held at the Mareeba Heritage Museum.  The original letters, photographs and ephemera relating to Harold and the Colquhoun family were recently donated to the … Read more