Images of War: M-Y

The collections of the John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland contain a wide variety of material related to the First World War, including photographs, documents, newspapers, diaries, maps, posters, books, magazines, letters, and medals.

Through this rich resource of manuscripts and memorabilia we can reach into the lives of the men and women who served – soldiers, nurses, chaplains, and the families they left behind.

These guides provide links to resources throughout the Library, as well as external websites, and a bibliography containing selections for both general and younger readers.


From Mander Family Papers and Photographs 1914-1945

Mander Family Papers

Several images relating to Mary Mander (nee Hodgkinson) who served a nurse in in England and Charles Mander who served in the 26th Infantry Battalion in France in the First World War. After the war ended, Mary decided to emigrate to Australia and met Charles Mander on the troopship Matachewan. They married in 1920 in Ipswich.

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28985 Mander Family Papers and Photographs 1914-1945
From Marks Family Collection

Marks, Alexander

Large family collection of letters and photographs that relate to the service of three brothers who were doctors in the First World War. Alexander Marks served as a Regimental Medical Officer to the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Field Ambulance and 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station in Gallipoli and France.

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27331 Marks Family Collection [New acquisition not yet catalogued]
From McKie Family Papers 1732-1950s

McKie Family Papers

Photographs and correspondence relating to the service of Lieutenant Kenneth Clinton McKie from South Brisbane, who served with the 49th Infantry Battalion in France and Belgium during the First World War. He died of wounds in June 1917 and is buried in Trois-Arbres Cemetery, France.

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3143 McKie Family Papers 1732-1950s

From Palmes Family Papers 1847-1960

Morey, Frederick

Images relating to the service of Sergeant Frederick Edmund McKenzie Morey from Eidsvold, Queensland who served with the 5th Light Horse Regiment, C Company in the Middle East from 1916-1919.

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M1137 Palmes Family Papers 1847-1960
From Palmes Family Papers 1847-1960

Oakhill Family

Negatives and photographs taken in France during First World War possibly by John Fraser Pittendreigh from Esk, who served with the Army Medical Corps. William Oakhill from Wondai, Queensland served with the 42nd Infantry Battalion, he returned to Australia in 1917 medically unfit after gas poisoning.

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27488 Oakhill Family Memorabilia 1917-1936
From Photograph Album of Australians in Palestine in World War I 1917-1918

Photograph Album Australian Army WW1

Album of photographs that relate to the First World War. Included are images of troops marching along Queen Street, Brisbane, boarding transport ships at Pinkenba Wharf, such as the Omrah, Star of England and the Kyarra.

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APE-71 Photograph Album Australian Army WWI (Online content)
From Photograph Album of Australians in Palestine in World War I 1917-1918

Photograph Album of Australians in Palestine

Small album of photographs of Australians taken in Palestine during the First World War, taken by unknown photographer.

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APA-80 Photograph Album of Australians in Palestine in World War I 1917-1918 (Online content)
From Photograph Album of Recruiting Rallies 1914-1918

Photograph Album of Recruiting Rallies

Album containing 16 photographs showing recruiting rallies held in country towns of south-west Queensland as well as Anzac Day parade Queen Street, Brisbane in 1919.

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APE-20 Photograph Album of Recruiting Rallies 1914-1918 (Online content)
Frederick Hall postcards

Photograph of the landing on Gallipoli beach by ANZAC troops, Turkey 1915

Black and white photograph of the landing on Gallipoli beach presumably showing members of the 9th Battalion & mounted in a surround on which members of the Battalion have signed their names.

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TR 1810 Landing at Gallipoli Photograph (Online content)
From the Rawson collection

Rawson Family

Photographs and postcards from Lionel R Rawson to his parents. Lionel served with a Queensland contingent in South Africa and later gained a commission as Captain with the English King's Royal Rifles. There are also embroidered greeting cards written by Will Cresswell.

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2967 Rawson Family Archive 1916-1945 [Box 4360] (Online content)
From Albert James Rooks Photograph Albums 1916-1918

Rooks, Albert James

Three albums and thirty-four loose photographs and postcards. Albert James Rooks, served as an ambulance driver with the 1 Australian General Hospital. The photographs include images of unidentified soldiers, 1 Australian General Hospital, HMAT Afric, Aldwych & the YMCA in London.

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29435 Albert James Rooks Photograph Albums 1916-1918
Light Horse transports crossing a river at Esdud Israel during the First World War 1914-1918

2nd Light Horse Association

Includes photograph albums, diaries and journals of Rev George Green, Dec 1914 - Aug 1915. Rev George Green enlisted with the AIF in September 1914 and was commissioned as a Captain Chaplain. He served with the 1st Light Horse Regiment on Gallipoli, and later at Caestre, France.

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OM77-14 2nd Light Horse Association Records 1914-1920 (Online content)
Shale Stereoscopes 1916-1925

Shale, John F.

Collection of stereoscopic photographs taken by John F Shale. Images include Peace Parades in Brisbane, Glamorgan Vale, Bundaberg, Toowoomba and Cribb Island.

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Shale Stereoscopes 1916-1925 (Online content)
From Pierce Collection

Sim, Annie

Photograph album of Queensland in India c.1916. Includes: Christina Durack, Constance Frost, Margaret Halpin, Alice Harrod, Ada Hockings, Sarah Kelloway, Beatrice Leyland, Olga Parkinson, Winifred Payne, Julia Rigby, Annie Sim & Amy Warner.

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4934 Pierce Collection
From Teale Family Photographs and Papers 1890-1940

Teale Family

The Teale Family from Stanthorpe collected postcards, greeting cards and photographs of and from family and friends during the First World War. Those identified include Edgar Atwell of Indooroopilly, troops at Enoggera and Leo Locke at Durban.

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27247 Teale Family Photographs and Papers 1980-1940
From your true love postcard

Thompson, Joseph Cecil

Photographs relating to Joseph Thompson’s service in the First World War. Sergeant Joseph Cecil Thompson #494 was a farrier from Childers who served with the 9th Battalion as a stretcher bearer, in Gallipoli and later in France and Belgium.

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29506 Joseph Cecil Thompson collection 1914-1918
E P Thurecht Postcard

Thurecht, Edward Peter

One postcard depicting a group of 15 allied prisoners of war, Czersk, Poland during the First World War. Lance Corporal Edward Thurecht from Gympie served with the 47th Infantry Battalion. He was captured in 1917.

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TR 2016 E P Thurecht postcard
From Robert Cyril Vickers Photographs 1915-1919

Vickers, Robert Cyril

148 photographs and postcards arranged in one album. Robert Cyril Vickers was born in Rockhampton 5 May 1895. He enlisted on 12 August 1915 and served in the 1st Light Horse Brigade Train.

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29385 Robert Cyril Vickers Photographs 1915-1919 (Online content)

From Viertel Family Photographs 1910-1920

Viertel Family Photographs

Includes photographs of Southport cadet camp during the First World War.

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6037 Viertel Family Photographs 1910-1920
Silk Embroidered French World War I Postcard 1917

Walsh, James Alexander

French silk embroidered postcard sent by Lance Corporal James Alexander Walsh to his aunt.  The postcard also has the words "Good Luck" embroidered on the front. Jim Walsh served with the 2nd Australian Pioneer Battalion, and was killed on the 21st October, 1917, near Ypres.

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29470 Silk Embroidered French World War I Postcard 1917
Warner postcard

Warner, Adeline Mary

The handmade embroidered postcard book was made by Adeline Mary Warner as a child. One of the postcards is from her older brother, Gordon Warner, while serving as a soldier in France during the First World War; the others are from family members and friends.

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29459 Adeline Mary Warner Postcard Book, ca 1920
From Percival Watkins Photo Album 1914-1918

Watkins, Percival

Percival Watkins enlisted in 1916 in the 9th Infantry Battalion in Queensland and sailed on HMAT Boonah in October of that year. He returned to Australian in February 1918 suffering from tuberculosis.

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7180 Percival Watkins Photo Album 1914-1918 (Online content)
From Thelma Whybird Photograph Album 1914-1919

Whybird, Thelma

Album containing photos labelled 'Views of Egypt', and 'Great War 1914-19', family photos and views of Brisbane.

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APE-98 Thelma Whybird Photograph Album 1914-1919
From Victor Owen Williams First World War Diaries, Photographs and Personal Papers

Williams, Victor Owen

Includes photographs, negatives and postcards, collected and maintained by Victor Owen Williams during his service in the First World War. He served in the 47th & 45th Infantry Battalions in France, where he was wounded in both hands during the 2nd Battle of Dernacourt.

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28939 Victor Owen Williams First World War Diaries, Photographs and Personal Papers (Online content)
From Wotherspoon Family Photographs 1918-1922

Wotherspoon Family

Small collection of images that includes Peace Parades, Kingaroy, Queensland

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8057 Wotherspoon Family Photographs 1918-1922 (Online content)
From Photographs of voluntary lady workers 1917-1919

Young Men’s Christian Association

Includes black and white photographs of Y.M.C.A. voluntary lady workers in their uniforms. Photos are enclosed in original envelopes produced by Y.M.C.A. as well as a post card printed with 27 female volunteers in their uniforms.

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27177 Photographs of voluntary lady workers 1917-1919
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