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John MAKINSON #2184

Indigenous Australian, John MAKINSON, 25th & 9th Infantry Battalions Jack MAKINSON was just 6 years old when his mother Catherine Gissell passed away. His father, also John, relinquished the care of his seven children to a Policeman and his wife in Dubbo who cared for them until they were old enough to make their own … Read more

Digitised@SLQ: James Toohey Collection 1916-1955

Portrait of James Toohey wearing his military uniform 1914

Last year, State Library digitised and transcribed the collection of James Toohey, a young Post Office telephonist from Brisbane who served as a gunner and linesman on the Western Front. Toohey’s collection contains two diaries, a notebook, various cards and photographs, and an embroidered souvenir cloth from Egypt. When Gunner James Toohey left Brisbane in 1915 he was … Read more

Penalties of War

John Daniell, Egypt 1915

Private John William Daniell, 9th Infantry Battalion, & 4th Australian Pioneers. Not everyone’s story during the First World War is one of bravery and service. Jack Daniel and his mate Les Young were both sentenced to 5 years ‘penal servitude’ in September 1916, a staggering penalty for a deed that reads as a misdemeanour, but … Read more

Private James Andrews: 25th Battalion

Private James Andrews: Saluting 100 years of ANZAC history. Lockyer Valley Regional Council BRN 106057

Guest blogger: Lockyer Valley Regional Council. Displayed in the ‘Walk of Fame’ inside the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre, Gatton, are ten photographic portraits of Lockyer Valley locals who fought in the First World War. The portraits formed a component of the recent Queensland Government-sponsored exhibition ‘Queensland Transport Museum Salutes 100 Years of ANZAC’, which was on … Read more

Captain James Victor Atkinson: 9th Battalion/49th Battalion

Captain J.V. Atkinson, Page 26 of the Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 13 October, 1917.

Guest blogger: Ian Lang, researcher, Coorparoo Methodist Church Roll of Honour James Atkinson was the son of Henry Wallace Atkinson, a prominent city architect, and Martha Atkinson. The family address was “Martha Villi”, Cavendish Road, Coorparoo. James was born in 1893 and as a boy attended Coorparoo State School and then Brisbane Boys Grammar. James … Read more

Robsons of Ma Ma Creek

Private Frank Robson

Frank ROBSON was the first of three siblings to farewell their widowed mother Eliza, from their property near Grantham. Private Francis William ROBSON, 9th Battalion Image donated to John Oxley Library, SLQ 28314 Initially assigned to the 25th Infantry Battalion, he was hospitalised with mumps when he reached Egypt. Transferred to the 9th Infantry Battalion he was deployed … Read more