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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

From Life to Immortality

Studio Portrait, Norman Francis McWaters

Norman Francis McWaters, 11th Australian Field Ambulance The only son of the Mayor of Toowoomba, Mac was farewelled in the Town Hall, as he prepared to embark for overseas. Having enlisted in January 1916 with the Australian Army Medical Corps, he spent much of that year training at the camp in Enoggera, close to Brisbane, … Read more

Digitised@SLQ: Herbert Thomas Moffitt Mallyon Papers

Driver H.T. Mallyon photographed in The Queenslander Pictorial supplement 1916, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Image: 702692-19160325-s0026-031

State Library has recently digitised and transcribed the collection of Herbert Thomas Moffitt Mallyon, a young station hand from central Queensland. The collection contains two diaries, a series of postcards, a letter and a handful of photographs. Herbert grew up in Dalwood, Springsure, and in August 1915 left the family property and travelled to Brisbane … Read more