Pitch In! volunteers finding gold in old Queensland newspapers

As part of Pitch In! our digital volunteers have been uncovering fascinating articles written in Queensland newspapers 100 years ago . This letter to the editor was dated 3 November 1914 and was transcribed by volunteer Warren Saltzer. This previous resident of Charters Towers was making it plain that in her opinion, things were much better in North Queensland than in Brisbane! Obviously north/south rivalry is nothing new, but it is sobering to read of the far reaching impacts of the many thousands of soldiers leaving Queensland to fight in World War 1.

CORRESPONDENCE. (To the Editor.)

Sir.—As an old resident of the Charters Towers district, I have lately received numerous letters asking my advice about coming to Brisbane, more especially from women. I would advise all people through your widely read paper, to stay in the North. Brisbane is very bad since the war for everybody, and females, worse than all. Every trade are unemployed, and most are working on half time. Music teachers, dressmakers, governesses, bookbinders and general servants are all having a bad time, and it is likely to get worse if the war does not soon stop. As far as men go, all trades are in a bad way, and clerks, printers, shop assistants, blacksmiths, and many other trades are all unemployed. In a large city like this, there are very few helping hands, organised charity is plentiful, but you are treated as a pauper. My advice to people in the North is to stay where you are till the war is over, unless you have work to come to. Yours faithfully. ELEANOR DOWNES, Vulture St., South Brisbane.

If you'd like to get involved with digital volunteering it is as easy as visiting the Pitch In! pages on the SLQ website, choosing an assignment, and jumping right in. If you are interested in transcribing old newspaper articles, try one of the text correcting assignments.

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