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

Letters to Merna

Letters to Merna

The letters of two soldiers written to Merna Gillies during the First World War were donated by her family to the State Library of Queensland. Both young men had attended Brisbane Grammar with her brother Clyde, both soldiers had very different stories to tell. William Howe IRVING, 3rd Battalion, Imperial Camel Corps, had been working as … Read more

Coomera Lads

Edwin and George Beattie

Edwin & George Beattie, 47th Infantry Battalion In March 1916 Ed and George left behind their elderly parents and seven siblings, to enlist in the First World War, the Beattie family were pioneer farmers in the Coomera district. Children of the Beattie family Coomera, c1900 Back row: George, Annie and Allie Front row: Mary, Eddie … Read more

Brothers in service

Left: Edgar Stanley Howell, p.23 of The Queenslander, 30 October, 1915. Right: Edwin Guy Howell, p.26 of The Queenslander, 6 May 1916.

The volunteers working on our soldier portrait ‘Discovering Anzacs’ project often come across stories that speak volumes about the loss so many Queenslanders experienced during the First World War. Glen Phillips has been a back of house volunteer at SLQ for 2 years and in his meticulous work recently came across this story of a … Read more