Photo of the week - ANZAC Day

Each week the staff who describe the digitised photographs in our collection select a photo that is added to SLQ’s Flickr Commons Photo of the week 2013 set. This week our photo is in remembrance of ANZAC Day and is a portrait of three brothers who served in World War 1.

The young men pictured are Colin, Kenneth and Glen  Kennedy, sons of James Kennedy and Sophia Hansen. Colin and Glen served with the Australian Imperial Force and Kenneth with the United States Air Service.

Colin served as a Private in the 1 to 8 (QLD) Reinforcements. You can see his embarkation record at the Australian War Memorial. Glen served as a Private in the 9th Infantry Battalion - 13 to 23 Reinforcements.

Kenneth, pictured in the centre, wrote in the Croydon papers under the name of "Young Croydon". He left Croydon when he was 23 years of age for the far North to try his hand at mining and moved to the United States in 1911, first to Hawaii and then to California. He enlisted in the US Army Aviation Section Signal Corps where he repaired and installed airplane motors. He remained in California for the next 15 years without returning to Australia.  All three brothers survived the war.

The John Oxley Library holds the Kennedy Family Papers which contains correspondence, photographs, and postcards exchanged between members of the Kennedy family.

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The Kennedy Brothers are my great uncles - I have just come across the photo when searching for Kennedy relatives. Circumstances in the late 1920"s contributed to the fact of not knowing much about these brothers - would like to make contact with any family members. As a coincidence 4 Kennedy brothers from the next generation all served in WW11 & came home - these would have been the nephews of Colin, Kenneth & Glen. In the WW11 generation there was a Glen & Colin.

Thanks for getting in touch with us. The Kennedy brothers seem to have a very interesting story. When we posted the photograph in this blog story on Flickr there was a lot of research done by one of our Flickr friends, but also a family member - Michelle - who is Glen's granddaughter, made contact via Flickr. You could perhaps also make contact via her profile on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/95216041@N04/ Please let us know how you get on. Kind regardsMargaret WarrenCoordinator, Discovery Services