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Event: A night in the JOL: the Queensland homefront, 1914–19
Much is known and celebrated about the exploits of Australian soldiers during the Great War. Far less is understood of the society they left behind and how the ordeal of waging war transformed it. Join historians Professor Raymond Evans and Mr Mark Cryle in conversation with Ian Townsend as they discuss the deep-seated social conflicts that intensified under the stress of wartime conditions. Collections from the John Oxley Library will be on display.
A night in the JOL is a monthly series delving into Queensland’s rich and diverse history.
When: Tue 22 Apr 2014, 6:00 pm - 07:30 pm
Venue: John Oxley Library Reading Room, level 4, State Library
Cost: Free, bookings required.
New collection at SLQ - World War One papers
The John Oxley Library recently received a wonderful collection of material relating to a young World War I soldier from Queensland. The Victor Owen Williams collection includes two diaries. The first covers the period 31 July 1917 to 14 January 1918 and was written during his voyage to England and while training at Codford Camp in Salisbury. The second diary (20 August 1919 to 9 October 1919) describes his voyage home from England to Sydney. The collection also contains photographs, postcards and negatives, as well as wartime ephemera including a rare program for the 4th Divisional Race Meeting held near Allonville, France, on July 22, 1918. More on the John Oxley Library blog - http://blogs.slq.qld.gov.au/ww1/2014/03/11/new-accession-victor-owen-williams-diaries-photographs-and-personal-papers/
Queensland's World War I Centenary blog
This week saw the launch of State Library of Queensland's latest blog - Queensland's World War I Centenary blog - http://blogs.slq.qld.gov.au/ww1/
Here you will find stories from our collections about the experience of Queenslanders during the years 1914-1918. We would love to hear from you and invite you to share your research and family stories of WWI.
There are thousands of stories waiting to be told of the Queensland experience of WWI. Some are known already. Some are only now being discovered or have been too hard to tell. Perhaps you have your Great Grandfather’s diary in a drawer somewhere, or medals, or family yarns that connect you through time to the cataclysmic events of 1914-1918.
We look forward to hearing from you as we keep you informed of our commemorative activities and projects all aimed at keeping alive the memory of Queenslanders from the Cape to the Tweed, from city to the bush, from the homefront to the trenches of Gallipoli and France.
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