Impacts of desertion

Hyde Park Corner at Messines, Belgium. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 119608

Guest blogger: Victoria Carless – Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation Fellow During the process of researching and writing my novel on desertion during the Great War, I’ve come to learn that the decision to leave one’s post and one’s mates often had severe implications.  Not only in that moment and during the war, but … Read more

Ernst Oskar Queitzsch

Oscar Queitzsch

Guest Blogger: Gwen Price, Tablelands Regional Council Libraries Ernst Oskar (Oscar) Quesitzsch was born 4 April 1894 at Burkhardtsdorf, Saxony Germany to Ernst Herman and Anna Minna Quesitzsch nee Gunther. At four days he was baptised at the local Lutheran Church. The surname Quesitzsch is the not very common. In 2014 it was the 1,423,954th most common … Read more

Skating through the war years

skating ad Brisbane Courier

Just to the left of the ‘Drunkards cured secretly’ ad in the Brisbane Courier, the  Colosseum skating rink proudly announced its newly renovated floors. The 1915 classified confidently predicated the new “flawless” floors would soon make the rink the most popular in Brisbane. Now, roller-skating was around before the war. The Belgians came up with … Read more

Frozen cheese and footy

Bert Hinkler and his family Bundaberg Queensland 1928

To be a Queensland soldier on foreign soil meant many different things. For Lieutenant Keith Mackay it meant loneliness and frozen cheese. For future aviator, Bert Hinkler, it was a source of pride, and for Corporal Ernest Mitchell it provided an opportunity to trumpet Queensland achievement. 2015 Q ANZAC 100 fellow, Robert Hogg, has spent … Read more