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Chocolates for Soldiers

CHOCOLATES FOR THE SOLDIERS (1914, December 10). The Brisbane Courier, p.7

Not to be confused with ‘Chocolate soldiers’ a slang word for soldiers who were believed to be unwilling to fight, The Australian War Contingent Association distributed gifts to Australian soldiers overseas during the First World War. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article20001125 “The Australian War contingent Association is sending every soldier a box of chocolates with greetings for the New … Read more

Blankets galore

Interior of Army barracks in Europe during World War I, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg: 169054

In late November 1914, the Brisbane Courier initiated the ‘Courier Blanket Fund’ – a blanket donation drive to supply the troops overseas as they faced their first European winter. The drive was a great success, described in an article on 20th November as ‘a splendid token of Queensland’s sympathy and well-wishes’. In six days the total … Read more

A moment of humanity in the trials of war: The Third Australian Machine Gun Company’s day of sports

Program of sports, 3 September 1918, Royal Historical Society of Queensland

Guest blogger: Timothy Roberts, Curator, Royal Historical Society of Queensland Stories of gallantry and hardship are proliferate throughout Australia’s Great War history; however when viewed in isolation, these provide an incomplete perception about the reality of life on the front. Occasionally, unusual items surface which highlight the very human face that was characteristic of the Great … Read more