Tag Archives: War Back

The price of honour

Guest blogger: Mark Clayton. When in 1921 the Queensland War Trophy Committee (QWTC) ruled that Boonah was ineligible to receive a captured field gun, the town’s citizenry resolved to try and independently secure one of these trophies by whatever means. In the years immediately following the 1918 Armistice a grateful Commonwealth Government distributed, to towns … Read more

Major William Alexander Craies: a brave Queenslander – KIA, Villers-Bretonneux, Anzac Day 1918

Major W.A.Craies, one of the staff at Chermside country camp, on Page 24 of the Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 25 November, 1916.

Guest blogger: Dale Chatwin. In December I had the pleasure to visit Ipswich City Library to view copies of some documents which had been exhibited as part of their 2014 WW1 exhibit. They related to the death of the most senior ranking Queenslander, Major William Alexander Craies, 52nd Battalion AIF, killed in the attack to recapture … Read more

The Bully of the World: The Queensland Press and Germany August 1914 – April 1915

Military parade of the 1st Contingent, marching in Queen Street, Brisbane, 1914. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 146032

Guest blogger: Dr Martin Kerby, 2018 QANZAC100 Fellow. During the first nine months of the conflict the Queensland press communicated an imagining of the conflict framed by binary opposites. The contrast between peace and war, patriotism and a fervour for war, the societal roles of males and females, and German militarism and Pax Britannica, were … Read more

First of thousands

In 1937 The Queenslander Annual described Queen’s Park as ‘An emerald setting liberally studded with multi-coloured flowers, Nature’s glowing gems (1st November 1937, p.38)’. In the foreground is the state’s first Boer War trophy, and behind it stands Australia’s first Great War trophy. The Courier Mail described the former as Victorian junk when, in March 1948, it was removed to the Queensland Museum.

Guest blogger: Mark Clayton.  Having escaped the combined grant-funded attentions of historians, archivists, librarians, conservators, academics and curators, Queensland’s (and Australia’s) first Great War trophy faces the prospect of another one hundred years of service as a garden ornament. During and immediately after the 1914 – 1918 war thousands of captured enemy cannons, mortars, machine … Read more

A conservation clinic, Captain Frank Page’s letters and a mystery

Last week, retired school teacher Desley Affleck attended a State Library Q ANZAC 100 Caring for Collections clinic at Redcliffe Museum, cradling a large black photo album and a precariously wrapped brown paper package. Inside Desley’s album were original photographs, newspaper clippings and various letters written by, or to, her Great Uncle, Captain Frank Page, … Read more