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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

Field Service Postcard

Field service postcard - front, record # 21128636310002061 John Oxley Library, SLQ

Guest Blogger: Mark Cryle, 2016-17 Q ANZAC 100: memories for a new generation Fellow Among the artefacts commonly found in collections of correspondence from World War 1 veterans is the Field Service Postcard. They constituted a significant percentage of the vast correspondence that travelled between the battle front and the home front during the war … Read more

Bullecourt, 11 April 1917

James Corrie Wheeler

James (Corrie) Wheeler, from Rockhampton, enlisted in Townsville 18 January 1915. Assigned to the 15th Infantry Battalion, he joined his company at Gallipoli in May 1915. He was seriously wounded in August 1915, at Lone Pine and evacuated by hospital ship to Alexandria, then England, where he was treated at King George’s Hospital. When he … Read more

Soldier Tourist

Seated Soldier

A mysterious photograph album containing 86 black and white images of Australia’s World War 1 presence in Palestine has been in the collections of the State Library of Queensland for decades. There is no accompanying donor information, no inscription and no captions. As part of the Q ANZAC project I was asked to begin the … Read more