Distant Lines: Queensland voices of the First World War

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More than 57,700 Queenslanders served our country in the First World War.

From the home front to the war front, explore the unique Queensland experience of the war — before, during, and after.
Through exhibitions and events, Distant Lines connects us with the intimate and untold stories of Queenslanders as we commemorate 100 years since the First World War.

Reflect on how one of the deadliest conflicts in our history affected Queenslanders and shaped the state we live in today.

For more information on Distant Lines visit the Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation website.

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

Image: Major Hughes and Captain Marks in their dugout, Gallipoli, 1915, Marks Family Papers collection, John Oxley Library, SLQ.

Venue:
Meet at Reception, level 1, State Library, Stanley Place, South Bank
Cost:
Free, no bookings required

Program of events

The Springsure contingent of the Australian Imperial, 1919, John Oxley Library, SLQ.

Distant Lines in SLQ Gallery

SLQ Gallery, level 2, State Library
Starts 4th Apr 2015 10:00am-5:00pm, then Every day, until 15th Nov 2015

Be transported back to the war front through the artefacts and stories of 25 diverse Queenslanders who served in the First World War.
Image: Red Cross Society in Biggenden, 1918, C. H. Powell, John Oxley Library, SLQ.

Distant Lines in Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery

Philip Bacon Gallery, level 4, State Library
Starts 4th Apr 2015 10:00am-5:00pm, then Every day, until 15th Nov 2015

Learn more about the stories of Queenslanders at home during the war as they experienced the darker side of patriotism, uncertainty, separation and disenchantment. 
Image: Enlisting depot in Brisbane during World War I, Brisbane, 1914-1918, John Oxley Library, SLQ.

Distant Lines in Infozone

Infozone, level 1, State Library
Starts 4th Apr 2015 10:00am-5:00pm, then Every day, until 15th Nov 2015

Start your Distant Lines experience here with information and imagery focussing on Australia’s two conscription referenda.
Image: Members of the 5th Australian Light Horse Regiment in Egypt, ca. 1915 John Oxley Library, SLQ.

Postcards to a loved one

Infozone, level 1, State Library
Starts 4th Apr 2015 10:00am-5:00pm, then Every day, until 31st May 2015

Compose your own message on a postcard reproduced from the First World War for display in Distant Lines in SLQ Gallery.
Group of Australian servicemen and nurses on board a ship, c. 1916, John Oxley Library, SLQ.

Talbot Family Treasures Wall

Talbot Family Treasures Wall, level 4, State Library
Starts 19th Feb 2015 10:00am-5:00pm, then Every day, until 15th Nov 2015

Journey through the history of Anzac Day in Queensland by examining SLQ collection items and photographs.
Marching band in the Peace Day procession in Brisbane, 1919, John Oxley Library, SLQ.

Emotional Frontiers

SLQ Auditorium 1, level 2
Starts 11th Apr 2015, 2pm - 2:40pm

Queensland Symphony Orchestra presents a musical response to the life stories of 25 Queenslanders as part of the Distant Lines exhibition. 
Marching band in the Peace Day procession in Brisbane, 1919, John Oxley Library, SLQ.

Emotional Frontiers

SLQ Auditorium 1, level 2
Starts 11th Apr 2015, 3pm - 3:40pm

Queensland Symphony Orchestra presents a musical response to the life stories of 25 Queenslanders as part of the Distant Lines exhibition.
Marching band in the Peace Day procession in Brisbane, 1919, John Oxley Library, SLQ.

War and Peace: Distant Lines opening event

Meet at Reception, level 1, State Library
Starts 11th Apr 2015, 10am - 4pm

Join us for a community day of reflection as we celebrate the opening of Distant Lines.
View of a battlefield from World War 1, ca1916, John Oxley Library, SLQ

The Attack at Fromelles, July 1916

SLQ Auditorium 2, level 2
Starts 30th Jun 2015, 6pm - 7:30pm

Listen to visiting author, historian and long standing member of The Western Front Association Paul Cobb as he provides a deeper insight into one of the most significant battles of the First World War.  
Knitting socks for soldiers, 1916, John Oxley Library, SLQ, Negative number: 151685

From home, with love

SLQ Gallery, level 2, State Library
Starts 6th Jun 2015 10:00am-5:00pm, then Every day, until 26th Jul 2015

From home, with love invites visitors to feel and wear cloth that is made heavy with memories, and join the group effort in crafting for comfort.
From home, with love

From home with love launch

SLQ Auditorium 2, level 2
Starts 5th Jun 2015, 6pm - 9:59am

Join The Stitchery Collective for the unveiling of their installation work, From home, with love, which explores comfort, craft and community during the First World War.

Knit your bit with Stitchery Collective

Knit Your Bit Saturdays

SLQ Gallery, level 2, State Library
Starts 6th Jun 2015 10:00am-5:00pm, then Every month on the 1st Saturday of the month, until 26th Jul 2015

On the first Saturday of the month, join The Stitchery Collective for group craft to crochet, construct and connect with fellow crafters in this free, hands-on activity.
Voices from Afar

Voices from Afar

SLQ Gallery, level 2, State Library
Starts 31st Jul 2015 10:00am-5:00pm, then Every day, until 27th Sep 2015

Learn about the Anzac tradition first hand through an exhibition brought to you by this year’s recipients of The Premier’s Anzac Prize.
Image: Australian soldiers in the trenches at Lone Pine Gallipoli August 1915, John Oxley Library, SLQ, Negative number: 167053

Voices from Afar launch

SLQ Gallery, level 2, State Library
Starts 31st Jul 2015, 5pm - 7pm

Join us in SLQ Gallery for the launch of Voices from afar, an exhibition sharing the stories of young Queenslanders who have visited Gallipoli.

Comforts from the home front

Comforts from the home front

Queensland Terrace, level 2, State Library
Starts 11th Jul 2015, 10am - 3pm

Pop into SLQ for a cup of billy tea, taste some great Anzac biscuits, try your hand at the crafts and games of the First World War, and listen to fascinating stories about the war.
Distant Lines Curators' Tours

Distant Lines curators’ tours

SLQ Gallery, level 2, State Library
Starts 9th Jun 2015 11:00am-12:00pm, then Every month on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, until 11th Nov 2015

Join exhibition curators to walk through the creative process behindDistant Linesand listen to untold, individual experiences of Queenslanders during the First World War.

Knit your bit with Stitchery Collective

Knit Your Bit Saturdays

SLQ Gallery, level 2, State Library
Starts 20th Jun 2015 10:00am-5:00pm, then Every month on the 3rd Saturday of the month, until 26th Jul 2015

On the third Saturday of the month, join The Stitchery Collective for group craft to crochet, construct and connect with fellow crafters in this free, hands-on activity.
Australian soldier with a rifle

Find your soldier - Distant Lines curator's tour

SLQ Gallery, level 2, State Library
Starts 19th Sep 2015, 11am - 12pm

Get a deeper insight into the Distant Lines exhibition on our curator's tour.

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