Fellowships explore untold stories of the First World War

State Library of Queensland’s inaugural Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation fellowships, proudly supported by the Queensland Government, open for applications today.

Four fellowships valued at $15,000 each will fund research projects relating to Queensland’s experience of the First World War, both on the home front and the warfront.

Minister Assisting the Premier for the Centenary of Anzac Glen Elmes said that Queenslanders have lived with memories of World War One for a century, and not all of them have been shared.

“Communities and families across the state possess a treasure trove of stories reflecting the courage, resilience, sacrifice and duty that immortalised the Anzac spirit,” Mr Elmes said.

“Our geographically diverse state meant that often many of our smaller towns and regions were dramatically impacted by the events of World War One. A hundred years on, there are still stories to be told, memories to be shared, and undiscovered treasures tucked away in family homes, personal collections and cultural institutions across Queensland. Uncovering and interpreting these memories and stories is important in helping us commemorate and understand Queensland’s World War One history, and its impact on our community.”

State Librarian Janette Wright said the fellowship program aims to foster new research and develop new knowledge about the Queensland experience of the First World War, and is part of State Library’s Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program.

Q ANZAC 100 is a five-year program of legacy initiatives that commemorates 100 years of World War One and Anzac history in Queensland,” Ms Wright said.

“The fellowship program aims to uncover and explore the lesser known or untold stories about our state and how Queensland experienced the First World War.”

Together with the $15,000 stipend, each fellow is allocated a workspace for up to 12 months, access to the John Oxley Library and expert advice from State Library staff for the duration of their project.

Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation commemorates our history, expands our understanding of the First World War and helps current and future generations appreciate our state’s experience of the First World War and Anzac legacy.

Fellowship applications close at 5pm on Friday 7 November 2014. Visit www.slq.qld.gov.au for more information and to apply.

Media enquiries:
Minister Elmes - Peter McCarthy (0408) 835 548
State Library - Kirri-Lee Huggett 07 3842 9803 | kirri-lee.huggett@slq.qld.gov.au

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