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The scene of the (war) crime

Guest Blogger Victoria Carless, Q ANZAC 100 Fellow 2016-17 It was in the surrounding countryside, over several months in 2017, that the muddy and bloody battle of Passchendaele was fought. In October alone, over 6,600 Australian lives were lost. Many of the headstones here remain unnamed. I’ve always had a hunch that to write authentically about a place it’s important … 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

COLOUR BAR WAIVING

Guest Blogger: Michael Brumby, Charters Towers Archives The two day Recruitment Conference held at the Dalrymple Shire Hall in Charters Towers in early January 1917 attracted local government delegates from all parts of the Kennedy Federal Electorate, as far west to Cloncurry, south to Winton and Georgetown in the north. Sustaining enlistment numbers was foremost … 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

Best we forget

In common with many diggers, these shattered remains of the former Manly memorial were also carved from Italian marble. It was destroyed by vandals in 1990 who tied it by chain to their car and ripped it from its foundations. They were charged and found guilty, but not made to pay for the damages. Dismembered and beheaded, its shattered remains have been stored ever since at Council’s Herbert Street Depot in Lota. Image from Dr Richard Walding's Manly War Memorial website.

Guest blogger: Mark Clayton. When Catholic Movement workers vandalised Toowong’s Canon Garland war memorial last month there followed, predictably, a chorus of outrage. Politicians and Returned Services League (RSL) leaders were among the first to express their disgust, much as those arrested might have hoped.  These disbelieving voices, united in their shock that any one … 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