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

Discovering Anzacs: The Descendants of James Josey

The Discovering Anzacs volunteers have been working with the digitised portraits of 15,000 Queensland soldiers of the First World War and their digitised enlistment records in a joint project between the State Library and the National Archives of Australia. In creating digital profiles for these soldiers they also come across connections between stories of family … Read more

COLOUR BAR WAIVING

Guest Blogger: Michael Brumby, Charters Towers Archives The two day Recruitment Conference held at the Dalrymple Shire Hall in Charters Towers in early January 1917 attracted local government delegates from all parts of the Kennedy Federal Electorate, as far west to Cloncurry, south to Winton and Georgetown in the north. Sustaining enlistment numbers was foremost … Read more

Prisoners of War

Cooke and Oshea

From the WW1 collections of SLQ Over 4,000 Australians were interned by Turkish and German forces between 1914 & 1918, but how many were from Queensland and, how many survived? SLQ holds collections that relate to eight Prisoners of War that hailed from Queensland, and through the QANZAC 100 project we have been able to tell … 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

Queensland women poets and the First World War: Building a digital anthology

Paula-Fitzgerald Negative number: 83081, John Oxley Library, SLQ

Guest Blogger Maria Quirk, QANZAC100 Fellow 2016-17 I began my Q Anzac 100 Fellowship researching what motivated women to engage in war work. Throughout the course of my research, looking at documents, diaries, letters and other writings from women of this period, what immediately captured my attention was the poetry of Queensland women during the … Read more

Duty and Care: Queensland women of the First World War exhibition

Items in the Duty and Care exhibition, Treasures Wall, Level 4, State Library of Queensland

With limited opportunity for active service, how did women contribute during the tumultuous years of the First World War? State Library of Queensland’s new exhibition Duty and Care explores items from the First World War collections, preserved as powerful examples of women’s wartime involvement and experiences. Now on display in the Talbot Family Treasures Wall on Level 4 … Read more