Category Archives: Places Back

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

Q ANZAC 100 in the Regions: Bundaberg

Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

  Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery launched For Country, for Nation exhibition on Friday 13 April 2018. Through objects, photographs, and art commissioned and acquired by the Australian War Memorial, For Country, for Nation tells stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander military service and sacrifice. At the launch, Gavin Bannerman, Director Queensland Memory spoke about uncovering of … Read more

1915, The Ordinary Soldier

Ordinary soldier promotional image

Guest blogger: Rose Wright, Arts Program teacher, Maryborough Special School Imagine you are a shy student teacher out for your first classroom placement—in a special school, no less— and walking into the late stages of a whole-school WW1 commemorative production. It is comparable to —a century before—those arrivals at Gallipoli in late 1915, with the … Read more

Beersheba secret orders

Colonel David Gifford Croll and other officers in the Middle East, John Oxley Library, SLQ, Image number: OM78-70-0002-0005

The capture of Beersheba on 31 October 1917, as part of the third Battle of Gaza, was a complex operation, involving weeks of careful planning by Light Horse commanders. Secret operation orders held by State Library as part of the OM78-70 David Gifford Croll Papers 1914-1919; 1944-1948 provide a great insight into the many facets of the operation, … Read more