State Library shares regional Queensland’s First World War history

State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is helping to share the state’s First World War history by coordinating local content for the Spirit of the Anzac Centenary Experience.

The Spirit of the Anzac Centenary Experience is a travelling exhibition which provides visitors with an opportunity to share the experiences of Australia’s First World War soldiers, sailors and nurses as they battled against often overwhelming odds.

Containing artefacts from the Australian War Memorial’s collection and using photographs, film and projection, the exhibition provides many perspectives of Australia’s involvement in the First World War in an immersive, innovative way.

Through the Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program, SLQ is playing a vital role in the Spirit of the Anzac Centenary Experience in Queensland by curating the ‘local stories’ zones in Toowoomba, Brisbane, Mackay, Cairns and Townsville. These local perspectives are an integral part of the experience and will be created in partnership with each local community and will contribute a lasting legacy for each region.

Acting State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said the local stories present a unique opportunity to uncover and share Queensland’s untold and lesser known First World War stories.

“Through Q ANZAC 100 and its state-wide reach, SLQ is perfectly positioned to ensure that towns across Queensland have the opportunity to contribute their First World War stories to this unique travelling exhibition,” Mrs Cooper said.

“By curating an exhibition of community-sourced objects, we will be able to share some extraordinary untold First World War stories which are region-specific.”

“This exhibition will contribute to developing a lasting First World War legacy while furthering our understanding of Queensland’s involvement in and experiences during the war years.”

The Spirit of the Anzac Centenary Experience is travelling to Toowoomba, Brisbane, Mackay, Cairns and Townsville from May to September 2016.

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

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience is presented by the Australian Government and the Australian War Memorial, and proudly supported by the Commonwealth Bank and Telstra.

Media enquiries:
Hillary Bell | 07 3842 9864 |
State Library of Queensland Communications

Call for contributions:
SLQ is searching for First World War stories accompanied by photographs and artefacts from across Queensland for possible inclusion in the Spirit of the Anzac Centenary Experience local stories zones.

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