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Charlie SMITH #64382

Charlie Smith

Indigenous Australian, Charlie SMITH, 6th Queensland Reinforcements. Charlie SMITH was born at Harvest Home Station, near Charters Towers, Qld. to William and Cissie Smith in 1899 and was working as a stockman on Bluff Downs Station before he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in July 1918. Charlie Smith was one of five stockmen … Read more

Martin BLYTH #64321

Martin Blyth

Indigenous Australian, Martin BLYTH, Australian Army Service Corps. Driver Martin BLYTH was born in Kilkivan, Queensland in 1893. He was working as a stockman in the area in 1918 when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in August 1918. The enlisting officer, wrote to District Headquarters on his behalf, and another indigenous volunteer … Read more

Herbert ROBERTS #50265

Herbert Roberts

Indigenous Australian, Herbert ROBERTS, 1st Reinforcements, Egypt. Herbert Roberts was born at Huntley Station, near Clermont, in 1896 to William Roberts, a Scotsman and Annie. When he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in February 1918 he named as his next of kin his sister Mary Roberts, care of Mr & Mrs Jackie, Hillview, … Read more

Bob ROBERTS #64377

Bob Roberts

Indigenous Australian, Rob ROBERTS, Australian Army Service Corps. Private Roberts was a stockman working at Bluff Downs Station, near Charters Towers when he volunteered to the serve with the first AIF in August 1918. Just 21 years old, he was born in the gold mining community of Deep Lead, near Pentland to Lily Roberts, who … Read more

Beersheba secret orders

Colonel David Gifford Croll and other officers in the Middle East, John Oxley Library, SLQ, Image number: OM78-70-0002-0005

The capture of Beersheba on 31 October 1917, as part of the third Battle of Gaza, was a complex operation, involving weeks of careful planning by Light Horse commanders. Secret operation orders held by State Library as part of the OM78-70 David Gifford Croll Papers 1914-1919; 1944-1948 provide a great insight into the many facets of the operation, … Read more

Digitised@SLQ: James Nicholas Murray papers

James Nicholas Murray in uniform

In 2015, State Library was the fortunate recipient of the 29924 James Nicholas Murray Papers 1915-2015, proudly donated to the collection by his descendants in central Queensland. Private James Murray was a surveyor by profession, and the collection contains papers relating to his employment as a surveyor in Queensland, along with papers relating to his First World War service … Read more