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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

Ernst Oskar Queitzsch

Oscar Queitzsch

Guest Blogger: Gwen Price, Tablelands Regional Council Libraries Ernst Oskar (Oscar) Quesitzsch was born 4 April 1894 at Burkhardtsdorf, Saxony Germany to Ernst Herman and Anna Minna Quesitzsch nee Gunther. At four days he was baptised at the local Lutheran Church. The surname Quesitzsch is the not very common. In 2014 it was the 1,423,954th most common … Read more

Frozen cheese and footy

Bert Hinkler and his family Bundaberg Queensland 1928

To be a Queensland soldier on foreign soil meant many different things. For Lieutenant Keith Mackay it meant loneliness and frozen cheese. For future aviator, Bert Hinkler, it was a source of pride, and for Corporal Ernest Mitchell it provided an opportunity to trumpet Queensland achievement. 2015 Q ANZAC 100 fellow, Robert Hogg, has spent … Read more

Remembering, November 1915

Postcard Front

This delightful silk-embroidered card was sent by Private Thomas Ham, 17th Divisional Ammunition Sub Park, in November 1915. It reminds us of those who were serving their country, vast distances from their families, in very unfamiliar situations. Private Ham, from South Brisbane, had been working as Station Store keeper when he enlisted in October 1914. … Read more

Beef, dripping and housewives …

red cross journal detail

It was an odd entry. The Red Cross Journal (Queensland division), published in December 1917, helpfully noted wartime shipments from Australia. Amongst the items bound for London were: 18,000lbs of corned beef, 3,686lbs of dripping, 818 newspapers and 321 housewives. What the housewives were doing amongst the jelly crystals, bedsocks and carbolic soap the article … Read more