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Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation

Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation was a five-year program of legacy initiatives commemorating the centenary of the First World War. This project was a joint initiative between the Queensland Government and the Anzac Centenary Public Fund, and was delivered by the State Library of Queensland (SLQ).

The innovative statewide program was a real 21st century response—it embraced new technology to help current and future generations understand the Queensland experiences and the legacy of the First World War.

Starting in August 2014, the program showcased a range of free and interactive activities available to the general public. These activities enabled 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.

To explore the digital legacy created by the Q ANZAC 100 program, visit the Q ANZAC 100 website.


The free public Q ANZAC 100 symposium program uncovered unique stories about Queensland and the First World War. Each annual symposium or forum focussed on a central theme within the context of the First World War and featured prominent keynote speakers as well as panel discussions with renowned social, cultural and historical commentators.


A range of research fellowships were offered as part of Q ANZAC 100 to uncover new insights about the Queensland experience of the First World War and its aftermath. Find out about the research projects current Fellowship recipients and past recipients explored with support from this program.

Heritage Leaders Workshops

Heritage Leaders Workshops provided opportunities for heritage workers and volunteers to learn new skills, collaborate on ideas, and share their insights about commemorating the First World War.

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 tweeted 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.

WWI Centenary blog

Queensland’s WWI Centenary blog uncovered stories from SLQ’s collections about the experiences of Queenslanders during the war years.

Soldier Portraits

Nearly 30,000 portraits of Queensland soldiers published in The Queenslander newspaper were digitised and are available online through SLQ’s One Search catalogue Soldier Portraits from the Australasian Commercial Traveller and Queenslander’s who fought in the Great War.

Collections and content

SLQ has digitised 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.

Inquiring minds

A collection of learning programs and resources to support teachers and inspire students to engage with stories from the First World War.

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Last updated
18 July, 2019

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