Queensland stories of World War One

State Library of Queensland will be sharing World War One stories this month in the lead-up to Anzac Day.

State Librarian Janette Wright will hold an evening panel discussion, the launch of Susanna de Vries book Australian Heroines of World War One, and a white gloves experience for school students.

“It has been 99 years since the start of World War One, and it is important for us to remember the sacrifice made by the Anzacs,” Ms Wright said.

“A night in the JOL, to be hosted by State Library on Wednesday 24 April, will explore the impact of World War One on Queenslanders and its enduring legacy.  Guest panellists will include Lieutenant-General Mark Evans (retired) AO, DSC, Chair of the Queensland Advisory Committee for the Commemoration of the Anzac Centenary (2014–2018), and Kate Walton, PhD candidate at The University of Queensland specialising in Australian prisoners of war in Turkey, and the discussion will be facilitated by ABC Radio National presenter Dr Kate Evans.  Earlier in the day, school students will get up close to some of State Library’s rarest and most precious original war materials, including letters, photographs, artefacts and ephemera.  Educating our younger generations about the incredible work of the Anzacs ensures that their legacy lives on.  This Thursday 11 April, The Library Shop at SLQ will host the launch of Susanna de Vries’ latest work – Australian Heroines of World War One.  The book tells the stories of eight courageous Australian women who possessed the strength and bravery for which the Anzacs are renowned, and features diary and letter excerpts, original photos, paintings and maps,” Ms Wright said.

Susanna will be signing copies of her book following the launch.

Susanna de Vries on the Australian Heroines of World War One
Thu 11 Apr, 6pm | The Library Shop, level 1, State Library of Queensland
$10 (incl refreshments) | Bookings slq.eventbrite.com

School tour – Anzac week: white gloves experience
Mon 22 – Wed 24 Apr, 10am–12noon | State Library of Queensland
$7 per student | Bookings learning@slq.qld.gov.au

A night in the JOL: Queensland stories of World War One
Wed 24 Apr, 6pm | State Library of Queensland
Free | Bookings slq.eventbrite.com

Media enquiries:
Amanda Edwards, SLQ Communications
Ph 07 3842 9803, amanda.edwards@slq.qld.gov.au

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