James Toohey World War I Diaries Now Digitized!

The diaries of Gunner James Toohey, a World War I soldier from Queensland who fought in France and Belgium, have now been digitized and are available through our catalogue.

Gunner James Toohey

Studio portrait of James Toohey and an unidentified soldier

James Toohey diaries

Diary entries, July 1916

Wedding of James Toohey and Nora Burke, 1924.

James had started work as a messenger boy for the Postmaster General's Department in 1910 before progressing to being a telephonist.  After being gassed during the war he returned to the department but requested an outdoor job, delivering mail in the Greenslopes and Coorparoo areas of Brisbane.  He retired after thirty years as a postman at the age of sixty and moved to a fifteen acre property at Mt. Gravatt, before his death in 1964.

Unsourced newspaper clipping regarding James Toohey's retirement.

James Toohey in his later years

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Transcripts of the diaries are also available.

Lynn Meyers - Original Materials Librarian, State Library of Queensland



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This Man is my Grandfather.I held his hand.I hold his love.His bravery is distinguished not in warHis bravery walked amongst us all, in pieces,Holding a small boys hand, his eyes were speechless.

What was his parents’s names as I have Ernest James Toohey in my family tree born in 1895 in Queensland and died 1964 !! Not sure weather he is the one as he had a brother named Henry Roderick James Fletcher born in New South Wales 1891 and died 15 Apr 1914 so could you have any information !!

Hi LeanneJames Toohey was born on 15 September 1895. He was the son of Peter Toohey and Kate O'Kane of Logan Rd, South Brisbane. Hope this helps.RegardsLynn MeyersQueensland Memory

My beautiful Grandfather. Very proud to read this x