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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

Indigenous recruits rejected at camp

In May 1917, the Australian Government issued a Military Order (No. 200) which relaxed the Defence Act (1903) provisions around indigenous enlistment. A resounding ‘No’ vote in the 1916 conscription referendum, heavy losses on the Western Front, and a decreasing number of willing recruits, prompted authorities to consider other strategies to fulfill the recruiting quota. … Read more

Anzac Day 1917

Anzac Day procession in Brisbane 1917. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Neg: 22996.

One hundred years ago, thousands of people turned out all over Australia to commemorate Anzac Day, 25 April. In Queensland, processions were held in towns across the state. In regional areas, Friendly Societies, scouts, cadets, the fire brigade, the ambulance and all sorts of other local organisations joined together to process down main streets and … Read more

Queensland Anzac Centenary Grants Program

Anzac Centenary Queensland

Applications are now open for the Queensland Anzac Centenary Lasting Legacies and Spirit of Service grants programs. Funding is available for projects that commemorate the role played by Queenslanders in the First World War or other significant Australian military anniversaries. Recent changes have made the grants program even more accessible for community organisations to apply, with two types … 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