Explore Queensland’s First World War stories from the home front

Join Australia’s leading historical and cultural commentators to discuss how the lives of Queenslanders were impacted at home during the First World War at State Library of Queensland’s upcoming symposium On the Home Front.

On the Home Front is a free, thought-provoking forum that explores the changing social, political and cultural landscape that shaped Queensland during and after the war years.

Commencing with a welcome function and keynote address on Tuesday 10 May, the full day symposium on Wednesday 11 May will feature individual presentations and panel discussions from historians, academics, and writers.

Keynote speakers Professor Joan Beaumont and Professor Mick Dodson will share their unique perspectives on the largely untold stories of the First World War. Led by MC and facilitator Ian Townsend, author and journalist, speakers will discuss the intersecting social, political and cultural narratives that shaped the way war was perceived and experienced by families, communities and other social groups at home.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said it was important to foster a greater understanding of the home front experiences for future generations of Queenslanders.

“The ‘real’ history of the First World War is seen to have taken place in other countries – on the battlefields of Gallipoli, Fromelles and Villers-Bretonneux – rather than in the local communities of Bundaberg, Brisbane and Charters Towers,” Ms Enoch said.

“Understanding Queensland’s home front history gives us a more complete picture of our shared history. On the Home Front offers the opportunity to engage with a variety of perspectives which will help us to better understand Queensland’s experience of the First World War.”

State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said the Queensland home front stories reflect a divided society impacted by brutal, faraway war.

On the Home Front symposium aims to connect, understand and honour those that experienced the First World War at home,” Mrs Cooper said.

“It’s important for us in 2016 to connect with the untold histories and stories that were experienced by individuals, social groups and communities. To understand and remember how women lived their lives with loss, how Indigenous families never saw their son’s or husband’s pay or medals, or how the German community was persecuted, is to truly honour the sacrifice made by those at home during the First World War.”

For more information and to register for the free symposium, visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on.

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

On the Home Front
State Library of Queensland
Free, bookings required

Tue 10 May, 6pm–8.30pm
Keynote address and welcome function

Wed 11 May, 8.30am–3.30pm
Presentations and panel discussions, incl. morning tea and lunch

Interview opportunities:
Keynote speaker (Tue 10 May)
Professor Joan Beaumont, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University and author of Broken Nation: Australian and the Great War

Keynote speaker (Wed 11 May)
Professor Mick Dodson, Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies, Australian National University

Media enquiries:
Cinnamon Watson, Cinnamon Watson Publicity
0432 219 643 | cinn@cinnamonwatsonpublicity.com.au
Photos available upon request

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