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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

Black Diggers by Tom Wright: Queensland Theatre Company production

A song in Black Diggers

In 2015, State Library acquired a filmed simulcast performance of the Queensland Theatre Company production of Tom Wright’s Black Diggers. Directed by Wesley Enoch, this production toured Australia after a successful run in Brisbane, and this simulcast was made on 8 October 2014. Through a series of interweaving vignettes, Black Diggers reveals the largely untold story of … Read more