Share your unique stories about the Queensland experience of the First World War.
Historypin is an online platform that connects communities with local history. The Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation Historypin hub is a place for people to share their unique and diverse stories about the Queensland experience of the First World War.
Communities discovering and contributing local stories and personal histories of those who served and those who stayed behind – along with creative responses on how the centenary is commemorated – will build a legacy for future generations. We invite you to explore and to contribute your own story.
Get involved on Historypin
- Explore Queensland stories and experiences of the First World War on the Q ANZAC 100 Historypin hub
- Create a collection to tell an individual or community First World War story. Local public libraries, RSL clubs, schools, historical and family history societies, individuals and community organisations are encouraged to contribute. Develop your own Historypin collection, or contribute to one of the projects already on the hub such as:
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Be part of this digital legacy by 'pinning' a photo, video or audio clip that tells your First World War story.
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First World War Historypin grants
The following organisations shared their local stories on the Q ANZAC 100 Historypin hub with support from State library of Queensland.
Australian Sugar Industry Museum – Forget Them Not Memories
Sharing the story of the impact of the First World War on Innisfail locals associated with the sugar industry, this collection includes interviews with descendants, and the digitisation of personal family photos. The Australian Sugar Industry Museum in partnership with the Innisfail District Cane Growers Organisation Ltd, Innisfail Historical Society and Innisfail RSL, worked with the local community to uncover and share the stories of Innisfail locals’ involvement in the First World War.
Blackall State School – Blackall to Battle and Back
Blackall State School in partnership with the Blackall Historical Society uncover the stories of the First World War service of Blackall locals: Robert Cooper, Peter McKenzie, Edgar Towner, Greta Towner and Richard Banks. To this day, one hundred years on, contact between the descendants and relatives of these locals still exists. These collections share the stories of these Blackall locals with the world.
Bundaberg Regional Libraries – Remembrance and Honour
Bundaberg Regional Libraries worked with community groups to tell the story of the region during the First World War. Focussing on the WW1 memorials and honour boards in the Bundaberg region and the digitisation of personal collections the collection tells the stories of the people of Bundaberg and their experiences of the First World War, both at the war front and the home front.
Burke Shire Council – Burke Shire
At the outbreak of World War One, the Burke Shire, located on the western Gulf of Carpentaria, had a non-Indigenous population of fewer than 800 people. Yet the contribution by a "handful of people in this little corner " was significant, with the Shire contributing more than its expected share of military personnel and financial resources. This collection remembers the sacrifice and contribution made by these few on the home front and abroad.
Fraser Coast Regional Council – Patriotism in the Wide Bay Region
Exploring the themes of patriotism the Fraser Coast Regional Council in partnership with the Maryborough and Wide Bay Burnett Historical Society explored, digitised images from their collections, and shared them using Historypin. Through engaging the local history community in the region, research was undertaken and images shared including: Maryborough's Grand Patriotic Celebrations from 1915 and 1916, the Teebar war effort fundraising, Bauple fancy dress, Tiaro Home Guard, Victory Parade and the Prince of Wales visit thanking the Empire.
Logan City Council – Black Diggers of Logan
Discovering the untold stories of the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen during the First World War is the valuable role of the Logan Library. These are stories that were at risk of remaining untold and lost to future generations unless they were recorded and shared. This collection expands on the Black Diggers of Logan Digital Stories, exploring the stories of Indigenous servicemen and women as told by their Logan based descendants.
Noosa Library Service – Noosa's War Front
Noosa's War Front documents the way in which Noosa navigated the First World War as a community. Stories of farewells and welcome home rituals, commemorations and memorials, patriotic and fund raising efforts, grief and loss, resilience and community spirit are explored and recorded through images and digital stories.
Saint Andrew's Uniting Church Heritage Committee – Lives, Links and Legacy: Stories from the Honour Boards
Saint Andrews Uniting Church Heritage Committee has been researching the life stories of the 268 servicemen and women listed on the six Honour Roll Boards in the "Merrington Anzac Memorial Peace Chapel " in Saint Andrews Uniting Church, Brisbane. These stories explore their lives before the war, their enlistment and service and, for those who returned, their post war life journey and their legacy for us as a community.
Victoria Barracks Historical Society – Queensland Military Memorial Museum Recollections
The Victoria Barracks Historical Society in collaboration with the Queensland Military Memorial Museum created an online exhibition of their class of military science. The online exhibition includes digitised diary entries, equipment, medals, paintings, plaques, swords, uniforms and weapons. Using Historypin, this Brisbane based collection now able to be shared with the world.
Voices of Birralee – The Queensland Stories of WWI, Enhanced by Music
Wartime songs performed by the Voices of Birralee choir accompany the stories of the choristers’ journey in 2015 to perform at Villers-Bretonneux. The collection also explores First World War stories of music with a call out to the community to share the stories of their defence musician ancestors.
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