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State Library digital collections are now on the online transcription platform, DigiVol. You can contribute by sharing your knowledge and expertise and transcribing our digital collections of diaries, letters and books. It doesn’t matter where you are or what your skill level is; anyone can Pitch in!

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Louis Robert Fudge diaries 1916 - 1918

Louis Fudge, from Mirani in Queensland, enlisted on the 18th November 1915 in Rockhampton and was assigned to the 41st Battalion, 1st Reinforcement.  At the time he was a 29 year old locomotive driver.  In April of the previous year he had married Ellen Andrews, known as Nell, and it is to his young wife, of just over a year, that he addresses his diary entries. He chose to write in diary form so that the text would not be read by the censor.

In the collection are three diaries covering Louis Fudge's service in World War I in England and the Western Front. He describes the voyage to England, training at Lark Hill camp on the Salisbury Plain, his service in the front lines of the Western Front, including the Battle of Passchendaele, and the voyage back to Australia.

Read and transcribe: This assignment is the first in a series of 3 diaries written between 1915 and 1918 by Louis Fudge during his WW1 service. The diary covers preparations for leaving the Rifle Range Camp at Enoggera, Brisbane; the train journey to Sydney; the voyage on the troopship "Demosthenes" to England, via Cape Town in South Africa, and Madeira; arrival in England, including a description of the Lark Hill Military Training Camp on the Salisbury Plain and sightseeing in London while on leave.

Get started: Louis Robert Fudge WW1 Diary 1916

Difficulty: All levels of experience

Status: We've got a live one - 0% completed

Red Cross Society, Queensland Division Records, 1916-1935

The Red Cross Society was established in Australia within days of the outbreak of WW1 in 1914. Within the first month, Queenslanders mobilised to form 196 branches across the state.

State Library holds the minute books of meetings held by the Red Cross Society, Queensland Division between 1915-1935. The meetings were held in the British Medical Association rooms in Brisbane and the minutes include details of those present, correspondence, hospital services and, during the war period, the services offered to members of the services and returned men. In the later minutes, the business of the meetings is concerned with aid to individuals, hospitals, returned servicemen, institutions, and the Junior Red Cross.

Read and transcribe: This assignment is to transcribe the typed minutes of meetings held between 28 January 1919 and 15 December 1920.

Get started: Red Cross Society, Queensland Division Records, 1919-1920

Difficulty: All levels of experience

Status: Available now - 2% transcribed

Henry Mitchell diary 1893 - 1895

A diary kept by Henry Mitchell, a member of the crew aboard the 'Merrie England', a ship travelling around different regions of British New Guinea. The ship would usually leave from Cooktown, to Port Moresby, then to various isolated islands and back to Cooktown.

Mitchell gives details on interactions with various groups of Papuan people, the natural characteristics of the islands and the administration of the expedition. In addition to the diary entries, there are the following: a list of books that Mitchell read over the period; a list of correspondence sent and received; a list of names of native police on the river expedition; and a record of costs for the journey. There is also a collection of words, along with their English translations, taken from the native dialects of Bartle Bay and the North Coast area, the Orokola Kerema and Western British New Guinea area and the Mypua (Purari) River region.

Read and transcribe: This assignment is to transcribe the 130 page diary of Henry Mitchell.

Get started: Henry Mitchell diary 1893 -1895

Difficulty: All levels of experience

Status: Available now - 6% transcribed

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