Digitised@SLQ: The Fighting Ninth
By JOL Admin | 7 September 2015
Now live in State Library's One Search catalogue is a complete set of the The Fighting Ninth. Originally called 9th Battalion News, The Fighting Ninth was the official journal of the 9th Battalions Association. The first issue was published in 1947 and continued almost unbroken to 1987.
There are 37 issues of the magazine, which includes individual articles written by First World War soldiers who fought at Gallipoli and in the trenches of France. 9th Battalion was the first Queensland unit to land at dawn on the shore at Gallipoli, and earlier issues contain many valuable first hand accounts.
State Library's physical holdings of the journal are not quite complete, so as part of the 100 Regional Collections deliverable of the QANZAC100: memories for a new generation project, the 9th Battalions Museum at Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera offered to lend us their complete set for digitisation. Many thanks to the Museum directors and curators for sharing their resource so together we can make it accessible to everyone.
The digitisation process means that State Library can now offer a complete digitised run of issues, backed up by physical copies at both State Library and the 9th Battalions Museum.
State Library holds a couple of other resources about the 9th Battalion:
Norman K. Harvey. From Anzac to the Hindenburg Line: the history of the 9th Battalion, A.I.F. Brisbane : Willian Brooks & Co. for the 9th Battalion A.I.F. Assoc., 1941
C. M. Wrench. Campaigning with the fighting 9th : (in and out of the line with the 9bn A.I.F.) 1914-1919. Spring Hill, Qld. : Boolarong for 9th Battalions Association, 1985
Robyn Hamilton – QANZAC100 Content Curator, State Library of Queensland
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