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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

Digitised@SLQ: Appreciation certificates for building an Anzac cottage

Appreciation certificate for Mr. Herbert Von Dohren

Recently digitised at State Library are two certificates, awarded to Herbert C. and Mrs H. C. (Wilhelmina) Von Dohren respectively, for rendering “valuable service in erecting a cottage for the homeless widow and orphans of one of Queensland’s fallen soldiers.” The certificates are signed by J. Harry Coyne, chairman of the Anzac Committee of Queensland War … 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

Glass House Mountains family pays the price

Gilvear family L to R: Marion (later Mrs Jack Barr), William, Christina (nee Smith) and Christina (daughter - later Mrs Alec Barr), Nettie (Mrs Norm Wilson) and Thomas Gilvear Senior. The photograph was taken when Thomas was home from WW1, discharged for 'family reasons'.

Guest blogger: Vicki Shapcott, Heritage Library Leader, Sunshine Coast Council Over 57,000 Queenslanders enlisted in the ‘Great War’ from 1914 to 1918.  For many, their adventurous spirit and laughter were never to be experienced again in Australia. Such is the story of the Scottish born Gilvear family of Glass House Mountains on the Sunshine Coast.  Before war … Read more