Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation
Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation is a four-year program of legacy initiatives commemorating 100 years of the First World War and Anzac history.
The innovative statewide program is a real 21st century response—it embraces new technology to help current and future generations understand the Queensland experiences and the legacy of the First World War.
The program began in August 2014 and the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is showcasing a number of free projects available to the general public. These activities enable Queensland communities to reflect, learn, share stories and experiences, discover, co-create a collective memory, and better understand and interpret the Queensland experience of the First World War.
The free public Q ANZAC 100 symposium program aims to uncover unique stories about Queensland and the First World War. Each annual symposium focuses on a central theme within the context of the First World War and features prominent keynote speakers as well as panel discussions with renowned social, cultural and historical commentators.
A range of research fellowships are offered as part of Q ANZAC 100 to uncover new insights about the Queensland experience of the First World War and its aftermath.
Heritage Leaders Workshop
These intensive two-day Heritage Leaders Workshops provide opportunities for heritage workers and volunteers to learn new skills, collaborate on ideas, and share their insights and plans for creating a legacy and commemorating the First World War.
Regional community events
Regional communities across Queensland have the opportunity to get hands on with First World War treasures from SLQ’s collections. The regional program includes white gloves experiences, caring for First World War collections conservation clinics, and social media workshops to enable organisations to share their collections online.
A State of War
A State of War is an interactive site that uncovers the key moments, stories, and never-before-seen photographs revealing how Queenslanders experienced the First World War.
Q ANZAC 100 on Historypin
Discover, explore and share diverse individual and community stories about the Queensland experience of the First World War. Contribute to one of the projects already on the hub, or create your own project within the Q ANZAC 100 Historypin space. Local public libraries, RSL clubs, schools, historical and family history societies, individuals, and community organisations are encouraged to contribute.
Each day on Twitter @slqld tweets headlines and articles from Queensland newspapers including The Queenslander, The Brisbane Courier, The Northern Miner and more providing a glimpse into life in Queensland 100 years ago. Join the conversation with @slqld #onthisday #ww1 #qanzac100.
WWI Centenary blog
Queensland’s WWI Centenary blog uncovers stories from SLQ’s collections about the experiences of Queenslanders during the war years. Contribute your stories or comment on stories to help commemorate the Anzac Centenary.
Nearly 27,000 portraits of Queensland soldiers published in The Queenslander newspaper have been digitised and are available online through SLQ’s One Search catalogue. Work will continue on other Soldier Portraits from the Australasian Commercial Traveller and Queenslander’s who fought in the Great War.
Collections and content
SLQ continues to digitise First World War material from the John Oxley Library including:
- Letters, diaries, photographs, and personal papers from over 200 collections
- Significant organisational and historical records, including the records of the Queensland Recruiting Committee, the Anzac Day Commemoration Committee, and the Queensland branch of the Red Cross Society
- Digital stories – 30 contemporary short films which mark the commemoration of the First World War.
An online toolkit of information guides and digital resources with helpful hints on caring for and digitising First World War items has been developed, and is available on the SLQ website.
A collection of learning programs and resources to support teachers and inspire students to engage with stories from the First World War.