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Brisbane Exhibition 1917

Page 21 of the Queenslander Pictorial supplement 25 August 1917

As the Third Battle of Ypres consumed young Queensland soldiers across the dreadful months of August and September 1917, at home in Queensland life went on. In Brisbane, the annual Exhibition marked the calendar in August, and visitors, livestock and produce converged from all over the state. While thousands of people flocked to the Exhibition … Read more

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

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

QANZAC Volunteers

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In 2014 the State Library recruited a crack team of volunteer transcribers to work alongside QANZAC staff. Their mission is to reveal the stories held within the Library’s World War 1 collections. Dream job you think? Well they don’t get paid . . . and the work is challenging. Transcribing diaries, letters and cards, often … 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