New grants announced for innovative digital memorial projects

State Library of Queensland has announced $100,000 will be awarded to ten community projects to help build Queensland's story of the First World War.

The grants for community based organisations have been allocated to help communities build a digital memorial of the Queensland experience of the First World War using the social media platform Historypin.

Historypin is a way for millions of people to come together to share glimpses of the past and build up the story of human history. The platform allows users to explore and contribute photos, video and audio.

Science and Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch said the Historypin grants are a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to some of the 57,700 Queenslanders who enlisted in the First World War and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Historypin captures the essence of Queensland's experience of the First World War — it's where local communities and organisations can share their knowledge and stories.

"Historypin provides a great platform for grant recipients to reach new audiences, helping them to learn about the impact of the First World War on Queensland," Ms Enoch said.

State Librarian Janette Wright said State Library of Queensland is capturing local stories related to the centenary of the First World War, noting in particular how we commemorate today, as part of a four year legacy project Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation.

"Communities are discovering and contributing local stories and personal histories of those who served and those who stayed behind. Communities are also being invited to develop creative responses and build a digital legacy for future generations," Ms Wright said.

The ten special projects receiving Historypin project grants represent regions across the state including Burke Shire, Blackall, Bundaberg, Brisbane, Fraser Coast, Noosa, Innisfail and Logan.

Projects funded are very diverse and showcase the unique and innovative responses to First World War centenary commemorative events. For example, Logan Library will research, explore and share the stories of descendents of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen to ensure they are captured and able to be shared with future generations. 

Wartime songs performed by Voices of Birralee will accompany the stories of choristers who this year traveled to Villers-Bretonneux in France and stories of their broader community's defence musicians from times past.

Fraser Coast Council working in partnership with the Maryborough and Wide Bay Historical Society are exploring the themes of patriotism through historical community activity.

"Q ANZAC 100 captures living memories of Queensland's experiences during and after the First World War and provides opportunities for organisations and individuals across Queensland to learn about, understand and contribute to the centenary of the First World War.

"Q ANZAC 100 is a contemporary commemoration where together we will build new knowledge, skills and online resources — creating a digital legacy for future generations to gain greater understanding of the Queensland experiences of the First World War," she said.

For more information about the project or grant recipients visit Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation or follow the conversation online with @slqld #distantlines #qanzac100 and #ww1.

Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

Media enquiries
Kirri-Lee Huggett, SLQ Communications
3842 9803 | kirri-lee.huggett@slq.qld.gov.au

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