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First of thousands

In 1937 The Queenslander Annual described Queen’s Park as ‘An emerald setting liberally studded with multi-coloured flowers, Nature’s glowing gems (1st November 1937, p.38)’. In the foreground is the state’s first Boer War trophy, and behind it stands Australia’s first Great War trophy. The Courier Mail described the former as Victorian junk when, in March 1948, it was removed to the Queensland Museum.

Guest blogger: Mark Clayton.  Having escaped the combined grant-funded attentions of historians, archivists, librarians, conservators, academics and curators, Queensland’s (and Australia’s) first Great War trophy faces the prospect of another one hundred years of service as a garden ornament. During and immediately after the 1914 – 1918 war thousands of captured enemy cannons, mortars, machine … Read more

Miss Lylia Fegan and her concert tours

Lylia Fegan performance programme, Acc. 29689 scrapbook Item 4

In 2016, State Library accessioned the collection of Miss Eliza Ethel Irvine (Lylia) Fegan A.T.O.L. (1887-1950), a leading Queensland elocutionist, musician, accompanist and teacher, known for her well-organised concerts and concert parties around the years of the First World War. The daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Fegan, Lylia and her brother Humphrey (Ray) were raised in Brisbane, and … Read more

Discovering Annie Wheeler: digital story

This new digital story examines the important and unique part Mrs. Annie Wheeler played in connecting Central Queensland soldiers and their families during the First World War. Annie Margaret Wheeler (1867-1950), soldiers’ welfare worker, was born at Saunders Station, Dingo, Queensland. Educated in Rockhampton, she trained as a nurse at Sydney Hospital. In 1896 she married Henry Gaudiano Wheeler of … Read more

Central Queensland Nurses of the First World War digital story

Dr Vivian Voss and staff at the Womens Hospital Rockhampton Queensland ca. 1900-1910, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg. 30586-0001-0040

In 2014, the Rockhampton Country Hospital Museum in Central Queensland undertook research aimed to identify and honour the First World War contributions of local nurses who trained at local hospitals, had a Pre-war or Post-war link to the local area, and enlisted to serve their country. Limiting the geographical area to central Queensland allowed the research to focus on Rockhampton Hospital nurse training records, … Read more

Queensland’s First World War death registers digital story

First World War registers

State Library recently commissioned a digital story, to highlight the unique First World War death registers held at Queensland’s Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (RBDM). These registers are hold almost 10,000 names, but none of the soldiers registered died in Queensland. Between 1921-1924, as a means of providing Queensland families with some kind of closure, … Read more