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Discovering Sister Greta Norman Towner through Historical Enquiry

Sister Greta Norman Towner – date and location unknown. (image shared by family member)

Guest blogger: Avril Fazel, Head of Department, Blackall State School. During research into Blackall born and past student of Blackall State School, Major Edgar Towner VC MC FRGSA, a student from Blackall State School came across an article describing the return of Lieutenant Edgar Towner and his sister, nurse Greta Towner to their home town of … Read more

Digitised@SLQ: Trooper Walter Malcolm Campbell journal

Trooper Walter Malcolm Campbell, 6th Australian Light Horse Regiment

One of the exciting aims of State Library’s QANZAC100: memories for a new generation project is to identify and digitise 100 First World War collections from around Queensland. As part of that deliverable, we have recently digitised the 29786 Walter Malcolm Campbell Journal 1918. The journal was kindly lent to us for scanning,  and while a digital copy … Read more

Pat Chaille, 5th Light Horse

Sergeant Pat Chaille

Sergeant Wilfred (Pat) Mapon Chaille, 5th Light Horse Regiment, Gallipoli, Palestine. Wilfred Mapon Chaille, known affectionately as Pat, served in the First World War with the 5th Light Horse Regiment, and was engaged in a range of operations, including Gallipoli. Pat hailed from the town of Esk, the son of James and Charlotte Chaille (nee Woollett). Prior … Read more

A Letter from the Front

Leon Maurice Lyons on his wedding day, National Archives of Australia, A14290, 175

On this day in 1915, the The Western Champion and General Advertiser for the Central-Western Districts in Barcaldine published a letter from the Front, written by a young station manager, Corporal Leon Maurice Lyons, to his brother, Mr. R. F. Lyons. Leon belonged to the 5th Light Horse Regiment, and wrote from Ma’adi, Egypt, on 25th … Read more

Sister Marion Winifred Croll

29854 Marion Winifred Croll Photographs

State Library recently acquired a collection of 180 photographs, taken by Queensland nurse, Marion Winifred ‘Winnie’ Croll, who served in Egypt during the First World War. This collection holds considerable significance for State Library, as Winnie was the wife of a Brisbane doctor David Gifford Croll, whose extensive papers are also held in the John … Read more

Gallipoli casualties

Page 25 of the Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 22 April, 1916.

On this day in 1915, the Brisbane Courier published a letter from a Sydney doctor, writing to his mother from Gezirah Palace, Cairo on 1 May. Dr. Colin Chisholm Ross stated: “You cannot conceive how busy we have been here. We had only one and a half days to get ready to receive 250 patients, without a thing in the place, … Read more

Hospital in a palace

Heliopolis Palace Hotel in Cairo, 1914-1918, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Image: 29835-0001-0067

On this day in 1915, The Queenslander published an interesting letter that had been received by Mrs. J. F. Lyons of Teneriffe, from her son, Corporal J. D. O’Hagan, Army Medical Corps. Dated 27 January and written from Cairo, the letter described a sumptuous hotel – the Palace Hotel in Heliopolis, about 4½ miles west of Cairo, … Read more

Tentmakers of Cairo

Touristic Khayamiya Jane McLennan Collection

One of the 25 collections being featured in the exhibition Distant Lines: Queensland voices of the the First World War at the State Library of Queensland, is that of Nurse Jane McLennan. I don’t want to reveal all of her story here, but I do want to show you one of the items from her collection – because it … Read more