Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation


Share your unique stories about the Queensland experience of the First World War.

Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation on Historypin 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 story.

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First World War Historypin grants

State Library of Queensland is supporting the following organisations to share their local stories on the Q ANZAC 100 Historypin hub.

Australian Sugar Industry Museum Inc. – Forget Them Not Memories
Sharing the story of the impact of the First World War on Innisfail locals associated with the sugar industry, this project will include 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, will work 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 will 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. This project aims to share the stories of these Blackall locals with the world through the use of Historypin.

Bundaberg Regional Libraries – Remembrance and Honour: Bundaberg Region's Legacy of the Great War
Bundaberg  Regional Libraries will be working 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 this project will uncover stories of the people and their experiences of the First World War for the people from Bundaberg and those who remained at home.

Burke Shire Council – Burke Shire Cultural History Project – WWI
Burke Shire Council plans to collate public records and to digitise privately held records related to the Shire's experience of the First World War and make them available online using Historypin. Using station records, newspapers and photographs the story of Burke Shire will be able to be shared. This research will tell the story of the role Burke Shire and its people played in the First World War and to more accurately portray the wider contribution made beyond the names recorded on the Honour Board.  

Fraser Coast Regional Council –  Maryborough Commemorates - Patriotism in the Wide Bay Region of Queensland
Exploring the themes of patriotism the Fraser Coast Regional Council will work in partnership with the Maryborough and Wide Bay Burnett Historical Society to explore, digitise images from their collections, and share them using Historypin. Through engaging the local history community in the region, research will be 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 Historypin
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 are at risk of remaining untold and lost to future generations unless they are recorded and shared. This project will expand on the Black Diggers of Logan Digital Stories, to research, explore and share the stories of further descendants of Black Diggers to ensure they are shared for future generations.

Noosa Library Service – Noosa's War Front Pinned
Noosa's War Front Pinned will document 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 will be explored and recorded through images and digital stories, shared via Historypin.

St Andrews Uniting Church Heritage Committee – Stories from the Honour Boards: The Lives, Links and Legacy
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 will explore their life experiences and include life 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. As the stories emerge they will be added to the Historypin site.

Victoria Barracks Historical Society – Our Emotions Our Time - Recollections from the Queensland Military Memorial Museum
The Victoria Barracks Historical Society in collaboration with the Queensland Military Memorial Museum, and using the theme of emotion, will create an online exhibition of their class of military science. It is anticipated that the online exhibition will include digitised diary entries, equipment, medals, paintings, plaques, swords, uniforms and weapons.  Using Historypin, this Brisbane based collection, will now be 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 will accompany the stories of the choristers’ journey in 2015 to perform at Villers-Bretonneux. Voices of Birralee will also explore First World War stories of music with a call out to the community to share the stories of their defence musician ancestors.

Read the media release.


For more information, contact discovery@slq.qld.gov.au  

Barry and Roberts float in an Armistice Day procession in Brisbane. Image No: 27189-0001-0001