Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation

Digital stories

See our Queensland history come to life with home front and war front stories of courage, resilience, sacrifice and duty from the State Library of Queensland collection.

George Samuel Deviney digital story

The story of George Samuel Deviney, a young farmer from "Gladsdale" Helidon who enlisted with the 9th/52nd Battalion A.I.F. during WWI. He left for war with youthful enthusiasm and a sense of patriotic duty. George was killed at Dernancourt, France in 1918. His letters and diaries, and correspondence relating to his death and posthumous award are held in the John Oxley Library. The George Samuel Deviney Papers 1909-1918 include letters, diaries, postcards, a school exercise book, newspaper clippings, photographs, telegrams, accounts and one Next of Kin Memorial Plaque.

State Library of Queensland; Mt. Nebo Multimedia

John Oxley Library, SLQ Acc: 29355/2

Margaret Thorsborne AO digital story

Recording made in Cardwell, North Queensland with Margaret Thorsborne whose parents served right through the First World War. Margaret's mother, Constance Keys, served with the Australian Army Nursing Service, and cared for the wounded from Gallipoli and in England, France and Flanders. She was awarded the Royal Red Cross Second Class, the Royal Red Cross First Class, was twice mentioned in dispatches, and was awarded the Medaille d'honneur des Epidemies (en vermeil). Margaret's father Lionel Pennefather served though the war with the 7th Battalion. He took part in the landing at Anzac Cove on 25th April 1915, then to Cape Helles in the attempts to take Krithia, back to Anzac, then to action in France. Constance Keys and Lionel Pennefather did not meet until 1920 when they were back in Australia. They married in 1921.

State Library of Queensland; Sarah Scragg

John Oxley Library, SLQ Acc: 29355/1

Queensland’s Indigenous servicemen of the First World War digital story

This digital story explores the contribution and experiences of Indigenous Queenslanders during the First World War. Despite the oppressive policies and practices of the Protection Era, between 1,250 and 1,500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women volunteered for the AIF, and approximately 300 were from Queensland. Indigenous Queenslanders tried to enlist for a variety of reasons, and Indigenous Languages Coordinator Desmond Crump discusses the effect of the Defence Act (1909), which excluded from service 'those who were not of 'substantially European origin or descent'. In 1917 the Act was amended to so that 'half castes' could enlist. While this increased Indigenous recruitment, it did not guarantee Indigenous soldiers any of the rights afforded their non-Indigenous comrades after the war, and they returned to a life of restriction and discrimination.

State Library of Queensland; The Picture Club

John Oxley Library, SLQ Acc: 29355/13

Maurice George Delpratt digital story

The story of Maurice George Delpratt, a station overseer from Tambourine and former housemaster at The Southport School, who served at Gallipoli with the 5th Light Horse, and was captured by the Turks on 28 June 1915. As a prisoner of war at Hadji-Kiri, near Belemedik in the Taurus Mountains, Turkey, he worked on the construction of the Baghdad Railway. During his three years imprisonment, Delpratt corresponded with family and friends at home in Queensland. Most letters and postcards were written to his eldest sister Elinor (Nell), Mrs F.L. White of "Brooklands", Woodhill, Queensland. Correspondence and comfort parcels were facilitated by the Australian Red Cross POW Department in London. Delpratt was released after the armistice in November 1918 and returned to Queensland in July 1919. He married Mary Esther Davies of Toowoomba in 1928 and they had three daughters. He later worked at the Warwick Post Office and died in Warwick in 1957.

State Library of Queensland. The Picture Club

John Oxley Library, SLQ Acc: 29355/7

Queensland doctors and nurses in the First World War digital story

An examination of the experiences of Queensland doctors and nurses who served in the First World War. Professor John Pearn AO, RFD and Dr. Robert Likeman CSM, both distinguished civilian and military doctors, discuss the challenging situations faced by medical service people in the First World War, from overwhelming numbers of casualties, to extreme conditions and traumatic injuries. They explore the medical advancements which resulted from war, and the lasting emotional and psychological effects of the war on the doctors and nurses who served.

State Library of Queensland; Mt. Nebo Multimedia

John Oxley Library, SLQ Acc: 29355/4

Roy Douglas Proctor digital story

The story of Roy Douglas Proctor, a Sergeant in 15th Battalion, A.I.F during WWI. The Roy Douglas Proctor Papers 1915-1917 are held in the John Oxley Library and contain letters and postcards sent from Roy while on active service, to his sister Ruby in Kelvin Grove, Brisbane. The letters are written from Egypt, France and Belgium, the postcards depict scenes in Egypt, the hospital ship Asturias, Marseille and London. Roy was killed in action, aged 26, on 1 February 1917, and buried in the Guards Cemetery, Les Boeufs, Somme, France.

State Library of Queensland; Mt. Nebo Multimedia

John Oxley Library, SLQ Acc: 29355/3

Major General Sir Thomas William Glasgow KCB CB CMG DSO digital story

The story of Major General Sir Thomas William Glasgow, Queensland's highest ranking First World War soldier, and an effective and highly regarded divisional commander. Born in Tiaro in 1876, Glasgow enlisted with the Wide Bay Regiment, Queensland Mounted Infantry and served with distinction in the Boer War, where he won the DSO while still a Lieutenant. He organised the 13th Light Horse Regiment at Gympie in 1903, and at the outbreak of the First World War enlisted in the 2nd Light Horse Regiment. Glasgow earned distinction at Gallipoli, leading the Australian assault on Dead Man's Ridge, and on the Western Front he was appointed commander of 13th Infantry Brigade as part of 4th Australian Division. On 25 April 1918, 13th Brigade, together with Harold 'Pompey' Elliott's 15th Brigade, staged an important counterattack to recapture the town of Villers-Bretonneux. This action played a significant role in turning back the German Spring 1918 advance. In June 1918 Glasgow was given command of 1st Australian Division. In 1919 Glasgow was appointed KCB, was awarded the French Légion d'honneur and the Croix de Guerre, and the Belgian Croix de Guerre. After the war he commanded 4th Division, became honorary colonel of the 5th Light Horse and the 1st Battalion, and led the Anzac Day parade in Brisbane for 20 years. From 1919-1931 Glasgow served in the Australian Senate as a Nationalist. From April 1927 until October 1929 he was Minister for Defence. In 1939 Glasgow was appointed first Australian high commissioner to Canada, and returned to Australia in 1945 to resume pastoral and business interests in Queensland. He died in Brisbane in 1955 and was given a state funeral.

State Library of Queensland; The Picture Club

John Oxley Library, SLQ Acc: 29355/10

2nd Light Horse Regiment digital story

This digital story explores the achievements of Queensland’s 2nd Light Horse Regiment during the First World War. Raised at Enoggera in Queensland, the 2nd Light Horse Regiment embarked for Egypt on the Star of England in September 1914, and after further training in the Egyptian desert, was deployed to Gallipoli, without horses. The diaries of Anglican chaplain The Reverend George Green and the letters of Major George Herbert Bourne provide insight into the experiences of the 2nd Light Horsemen as they endured months of trench warfare before returning to Egypt in September 1915. Historian Mark Cryle and Army Museum South Queensland Manager Captain Adele Catts discuss the qualities and skills of the Light Horsemen, and the important bond between horse and man. In Egypt, the 2nd Light Horse joined the Anzac Mounted Division to defend the Suez Canal. As part of the 1st Light Horse Brigade, the Regiment played a significant role in the battle of Romani on 4 August 1916, and participated in the Allied advance across the Sinai in late 1916, fighting at Maghdaba and Rafa on the Palestine frontier. Other notable engagements included the abortive second battle of Gaza on 19 April 1917, and the battle of Beersheba.

State Library of Queensland; Pip Kelly

John Oxley Library, SLQ Acc: 29355/20

Queensland chaplains during the First World War digital story

An examination of the role and experiences of Queensland chaplains during the First World War, with particular reference to three Anglican chaplains – The Reverend William Maitland Woods, The Reverend George Green and Canon David John Garland, whose papers are held in the John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Chaplains were responsible for the spiritual welfare of the soldiers, and alongside the more gruesome task of burying the dead, they provided important pastoral care and emotional support to their comrades.

State Library of Queensland; Pip Kelly

John Oxley Library, SLQ Acc: 29355/18

Distant Lines, Queensland Voices of the First World War Digital Story

From April - November 2015, State Library of Queensland mounted a large and successful exhibition - Distant Lines: Queensland Voices of the First World War. This exhibition was a major deliverable of the QANZAC100 legacy project, funded by the Queensland State Government. Distant Lines showcased the State Library’s First World War collections, and explored the experiences of Queenslanders during those difficult years. As a visual record of the exhibition, this digital story takes viewers through the exhibition spaces, and curators Kevin Wilson and Robyn Hamilton explain the curatorial intent behind its design and content.

State Library of Queensland; The Picture Club

John Oxley Library, SLQ Acc: 30227

Premier's Anzac Prize Digital Story

This digital story presents an interview with Emily Ireland, one of the 2015 winners of the Premier's Anzac Prize. Through Emily's experience and the WWI family story which underpinned her application, the digital story explores the application process, awarding of the prize, and the subsequent journey to Gallipoli and the Western Front. Emily shares her impressions of and learnings from the experience.

State Library of Queensland; The Picture Club

John Oxley Library, SLQ Acc: 29996

March of the Dungarees Re-enactment

During the First World War, patriotic “snowball” marches were a spectacular and often successful way to encourage young men to enlist. The Dungarees March in south-east Queensland left Warwick on 16 November 1915, and made its way through Allora, Clifton, Greenmount, Cambooya, Toowoomba, Helidon, Gatton, Laidley, Rosewood, Ipswich and Oxley, a 270 kilometre journey that ended in Brisbane, with around 130 young men arriving to a tumultuous civic reception. At the end of 2015, the Dungarees March was re-enacted. Marchers left Warwick on 12 December, and arrived at Anzac Square, Brisbane on 19 December. A range of community events surrounded the departure of marching cadets, on 29 November and 11 December.

State Library of Queensland; Mt Nebo Multimedia

John Oxley Library, SLQ Acc: 30302

Currumbin RSL Dawn Service

25 April 2016 marked the 100 year anniversary of Anzac Day as a commemoration of World War 1 in Queensland. Currumbin Returned and Services League (RSL) on the Gold Coast is the creator, funder and manager of one of Australia’s largest and most unique Anzac Day commemoration events. The Dawn Service is held every year on the beach at Elephant Rock. This digital story explores how the service has expanded over time, and engaged and involved the local community to become a popular and diverse event.

State Library of Queensland; Mt Nebo Multimedia

John Oxley Library Reference code: 30360. More information available via the State Library's One Search Catalogue .

Anzac Day Commemoration Committee of Queensland

A digital story highlighting the work of the Anzac Day Commemoration Committee (ADCC) of Queensland, which was formed on 10 January 1916 at a public meeting organised by the State Recruiting Committee. A local land agent, Thomas Augustine Ryan, recommended the formation of a committee to explore ways of honouring the fallen soldiers of the Gallipoli campaign, and once formed the ADCC devised a ceremonial day to be held on 25 April, the anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. For a century, the ADCC has overseen the conduct of Anzac Day services and activities all over Queensland, and remains central to the organisation of the event today. This digital story includes images of Anzac Day commemoration in Queensland over the last 100 years, and an interview with former honorary secretary and president of the Committee, Colonel Arthur Burke OAM (Retired).

State Library of Queensland; Mt Nebo Multimedia

John Oxley Library Reference code: 30369. More information available via the State Library's One Search Catalogue .

QANZAC100 Regional White Gloves Experiences digital story 2016

The QANZAC100: Memories for a new generation legacy project held a series of White Gloves Experiences in regional towns all over Queensland. These experiences gave audiences an opportunity to view and handle heritage material pertaining to the First World War. This digital story explores purpose and value of QANZAC100 White Gloves Experiences to regional communities, the logistics involved in presenting a range of items from the State Library's collection and how the Experiences can help to bring Queensland stories to light.

State Library of Queensland; Sarah Scragg

John Oxley Library Reference code: 30631. More information available via the State Library's One Search Catalogue .

El Arish soldier settlement digital story 2016

This digital story explores the township of El Arish in Far North Queensland and its origins as the Maria Creek soldier settlement. Reminders of its First World War beginnings are still evident today.

State Library of Queensland; Sarah Scragg

John Oxley Library Reference code: 30630. More information available via the State Library's One Search Catalogue .

Soldier Portraits

In September 1914, local photographers Talma Studios and then Fegan Studios set up tents at the Enoggera training camp, Brisbane, to photograph soldiers for publication in The Queenslander newspaper. Kit was provided so that every portrait featured a soldier in uniform. These portraits were then published in the Pictorial Supplement of The Queenslander newspaper, a weekly summary and literary edition of the Brisbane Courier (now the Courier Mail). By the end of 1918 around 29,000 photographs were published. As part of the QANZAC100: Memories of a new generation legacy project, State Library of Queensland undertook to digitise this unique collection of images, which represents around half of the 57,705 Queenslanders who enlisted in WWI.  This digital story explores the rationale and process underpinning the soldier portraits digitisation project, including the invaluable contribution of volunteers, and the impact of sharing and making accessible this valuable resource.

State Library of Queensland; The Picture Show

John Oxley Library Reference code: 30561. More information available via the State Library's One Search Catalogue .

Dr. and Mrs. Croll - a wartime marriage digital story 2016

During the First World War, Queensland doctor Colonel David Gifford Croll was the well-regarded commander of the 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance in Egypt and Palestine, and later served as Assistant-Director of Medical Services for the Anzac Mounted Division. His wife Winifred also served, as a staff nurse with the 1st Australian General Hospital at Heliopolis, Egypt. She nursed soldiers wounded during the Gallipoli campaign before returning to Australia in January 1916. Winnie became the first Secretary of the Queensland War Nurses Fund, which helped First World War nurses, and after the war she pursued community work, as a Queensland Guides Commissioner and a member of the Red Cross Society. Dr. Gifford Croll returned in 1919, and received a CBE for his distinguished service. He established a general practice in Sherwood, and served again in World War 2, in 1941 commanding the 112th Australian General Hospital, later known as Greenslopes Military Hospital or Greenslopes Repatriation Hospital. He was also a Commissioner of the Sea Scouts of Queensland, a commodore of the Royal Queensland Yacht Club, and a foundation member of the Sherwood RSL. This digital story focuses on their active service in Egypt during the First World War, and their unusual circumstance as a young married couple at war.

State Library of Queensland; Sarah Scragg

John Oxley Library Reference code: 30727. More information available via the State Library's One Search Catalogue .

Military veteran commemorating Anzac Day in Roma, Queensland, 2014


Military veteran commemorating Anzac Day in Roma, Queensland, 2014. Brian Rogers Anzac Day Photographs 2014 Image No: 29479-0001-0006