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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

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

Letters to Merna

Letters to Merna

The letters of two soldiers written to Merna Gillies during the First World War were donated by her family to the State Library of Queensland. Both young men had attended Brisbane Grammar with her brother Clyde, both soldiers had very different stories to tell. William Howe IRVING, 3rd Battalion, Imperial Camel Corps, had been working as … Read more

Mates for Life

George Henry Brigham

Private George Brigham described his experiences of World War One in a ten-part diary, in the form of letters to his mother. It is a beautifully written account from a man who obviously delighted in life and those he met along the way. His narrative brings to life the shared experiences of four privates, who … Read more