World War 1 collections

The John Oxley Library of State Library of Queensland has been collecting First World War letters, diaries, photographs, postcards, medals, organisational records and other historically significant items since it opened in 1934.

While this invaluable material has been preserved, many of the unique and personal Queensland stories held within the John Oxley Library collection are yet to be fully revealed.

Digitisation of these collections is central to State Library's commemorative activities, and by 2019, the material which tells the unique story of Queensland's participation in the First World War will be accessible online for everyone.

The following pages provide a snapshot of a range of First World War resources held in the John Oxley Library collection showcasing the experience of Queenslanders during WWI.

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For more information or to find out how you can contribute to Queensland's First World War and Anzac history, visit Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation or see What's on for exhibition and event listings.

Words of war: letters and diaries- Collections A-C

Reach into the lives of the men and women who served during the First World War through their letters and diaries – soldiers, nurses, chaplains and the families they left behind. This list contains collections from (in alphabetical order) 2nd Light Horse Association to Culverhouse, Frederick and Charles.

Words of war: letters and diaries - Collections D-H

This list contains collections from (in alphabetical order) Delpratt, Maurice George to Holcomb, Gilbert Leonard.

Words of war: letters and diaries - Collections I-R

This list contains collections from (in alphabetical order) Inglis, Eric to Ryan, George and John.

Words of war: letters and diaries - Collections S-Z

This list contains collections from (in alphabetical order) Schwinghammer, Verdi George to Young, David.

Images of War: A-L

This list contains collections from Albums of Postcards to the Lewis Family

Images of War: M-Y

This list contains collections from the Mander Family to the Young Men's Christian  Association

Songs of War

This list contains  a selection of popular songs either composed by Queenslanders or published in Queensland during the First World War.

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