Queensland’s First World War digital legacy launches

State Library today launches a new online space to discover and share First World War stories from Queensland communities.
Using the innovative online space, Historypin, Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation enables people from different generations, cultures and places to explore and build on the stories of the Queensland experience of the First World War in the form of photos, video, audio clips and text.
State Librarian Janette Wright said that as part of State Library’s four-year First World War legacy project Q ANZAC 100, Historypin will globally connect Queensland’s First World War stories — before, during and after the war, including contemporary commemorations.
Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation has its own dedicated space within Historypin’s First World War Centenary hub, capturing, drawing together and sharing Queensland’s experiences and memories of the First World War. We encourage Queensland communities through their local libraries, RSLs, schools, academic institutions, historical and family history societies, community organisations, museums, heritage network, and groups interested in First World War history to get involved by exploring Queensland’s unique stories and creating their own project within the Q ANZAC 100 focus on Historypin,” Ms Wright said.
“This is a significant, long-term initiative as it enables communities, organisations and individuals to tell current and future generations Queensland’s stories, connecting our local history with the world’s experience of the First World War, as they come together in this online space. It’s easy to contribute by simply gathering together and uploading First World War or commemoration related images, video, audio clips, or documents, then link them to the relevant location by pinning the item on the map.”
Arts Minister Ian Walker was proud to include a poem from his own family history on Historypin.
“The poem Australia as a Nation was written by my great uncle Glanville Rolls, who died in the Battle of the Somme in 1916,” Mr Walker said.
“I’m proud to see this poem as part of Historypin and encourage other Queenslanders to contribute their
own stories and memories. We’ll keep the Queensland side of the ANZAC legend alive only if we share our stories. We owe that to the Queenslanders who didn’t come home, and to the future generations who are yet to be born.”
Queensland State Archives, Brisbane Grammar School and communities through their local libraries in
Quilpie, Hughenden, Mackay, Redlands and Sunshine Coast have already joined State Library in adding images and local stories to Q ANZAC 100 on Historypin.
“One such story is about World War One in the Redlands. ‘Our Soldiers, our stories’ tells the impact of the First World War on the Redlands through photographs, information and stories about local WWI soldiers and their families,” Ms Wright said.
“State Library’s ‘Egypt Experience’ reveals the 1st AIF departed Australia for Europe but arrived in Cairo instead, revealing the fascinating and varied insights of those young Australians throughout 1914–1918. The opportunities for communities to explore, capture and share their local First World War stories within Q ANZAC 100 on Historypin are endless.”

To find or contribute your First World War stories to Q ANZAC 100 Memories for a New Generation visit www.qanzac100.slq.qld.gov.au

Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation is a State Library of Queensland initiative, proudly supported by the Queensland Government, to commemorate our history, expand our understanding of the First World War and help current and future generations appreciate our state’s experience of the war and Anzac legacy.

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Media enquiries:
Kirri-Lee Huggett | 07 3842 9803 | kirri-lee.huggett@slq.qld.gov.au State Library of Queensland Communications

About Historypin

Historypin brings people together from different generations and cultures to collaborate with their local community to share, explore and document their local history. Through a set of web and mobile tools, anyone can upload historical photographs, videos, audio clips, stories and memories. These can be explored through maps and timelines, enriched with stories and memories and overlaid over Google Street View to create windows into the past. So far 375,000 pieces of materials have been shared by 60,000 users and 2,000 institutions and community groups around the world. Historypin runs a series of projects around the world, running local activities and events to generate positive social impacts in communities.

Historypin is a not-for-profit and was created by the not-for-profit behaviour change company Shift.

For more information, visit www.historypin.org

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