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

Western Front Commemorative Service, Brisbane, 23 July 2016

Western Front Memorial Service held in Brisbane 23 July 2016. Source: Anzac Centenary Coordination Unit.

On Saturday, 23rd July 2016, a moving commemorative service, organised by the Queensland Government, was held at the Shrine of Remembrance in Anzac Square, Brisbane, to honour the Australian troops who served on the Western Front. The ceremony marked the 100th anniversary of the first Australian soldiers entering France and Belgium in 1916.  295,000 Australians served on the Western Front in battles … Read more

Brightlingsea Brides

Carnival at Brightingslea, 2016

This year will be the centenary of the arrival of over 10,000 ANZACS who, between 1916 and 1919, were billeted in Brightlingsea, England and trained at the Australian Engineers Training Depot before being sent on active service to the Western Front and beyond. The soldiers were welcomed into the community, to the extent that 29 … Read more