Discover Queensland’s keepsakes of the First World War

State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has opened its latest Treasures Wall display, Keepsakes of War as part of the Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program.

The display showcases items from SLQ’s First World War collections, such as souvenirs and postcards, preserved as tangible reminders of Queensland’s wartime experience.

State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said that the items on display provide an insight into the unique social and cultural climate that was fostered in Queensland during and after the First World War.

“While the items displayed in Keepsakes of War can never paint a complete picture, they can reveal private experiences and, as a collection, these personal mementos can provide a greater understanding of how Queenslanders experienced the First World War, both at home and overseas,” Mrs Cooper said.

“From service badges and memorial medallions to souvenir wall hangings and cushion covers from Egypt, this display goes beyond the battlefront and home front histories, and focuses on the personal stories of dozens of Queenslanders who experienced the war first hand.”

The SLQ Treasures Wall will feature a different themed exhibition for every year of the Centenary of the First World War and provides an opportunity to explore and expose different aspects of Queensland’s war time experience.

SLQ and the John Oxley Library are the custodians of the state’s First World War history and these displays allow some of the precious collection items to be viewed, while providing greater context and understanding of how the First World War impacted Queenslanders.

Keepsakes of War is part of SLQ’s Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program, and is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

Keepsakes of War
9 April 2016 – 26 March 2017
Treasures Wall, Level 4, SLQ

Media enquiries:
Hillary Bell | 07 3842 9864 | hillary.bell@slq.qld.gov.au
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