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Anzac Day 1917

Anzac Day procession in Brisbane 1917. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Neg: 22996.

One hundred years ago, thousands of people turned out all over Australia to commemorate Anzac Day, 25 April. In Queensland, processions were held in towns across the state. In regional areas, Friendly Societies, scouts, cadets, the fire brigade, the ambulance and all sorts of other local organisations joined together to process down main streets and … Read more

Best we forget

In common with many diggers, these shattered remains of the former Manly memorial were also carved from Italian marble. It was destroyed by vandals in 1990 who tied it by chain to their car and ripped it from its foundations. They were charged and found guilty, but not made to pay for the damages. Dismembered and beheaded, its shattered remains have been stored ever since at Council’s Herbert Street Depot in Lota. Image from Dr Richard Walding's Manly War Memorial website.

Guest blogger: Mark Clayton. When Catholic Movement workers vandalised Toowong’s Canon Garland war memorial last month there followed, predictably, a chorus of outrage. Politicians and Returned Services League (RSL) leaders were among the first to express their disgust, much as those arrested might have hoped.  These disbelieving voices, united in their shock that any one … Read more

Diamantina Shire centenary activities

The Riderless Horse

Recently, Richard Cooley from the Diamantina Shire Council at Bedourie, sent State Library an update of their Centenary activities, along with some wonderful photographs of Anzac Day and Remembrance Day 2015. Guest blogger: Richard Cooley – Funding and Economic Development Manager, Diamantina Shire Council Since the workshop last year  we have held our 100th Anniversary of Anzac … Read more