SLQ's First World War collections take to the highway

As part of the Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation Regional Program, State Library staff led by Regional Coordinator Niles Elvery delivered a series of White Gloves sessions to three regional centres in Charters Towers and the Whitsunday region, June 19 - 22.
More than 60 residents from Charters Towers, Proserpine and Bowen attended and 4 classes of Yr 9 and 10 students from St Catherine’s Catholic College in Proserpine and Bowen State High School were given the opportunity to see, learn about and handle original First World War documents from the collections of the State Library of Queensland.

Proserpine's St Catherine’s Catholic College Year 10 students were thrilled to be able to engage with the original documents so closely. Photograph by State Library of Queensland.

The QANZAC100 team of Niles, Troy Keith and Anne Scheu thank all the Library staff who helped to stage the event in their community, including
• Excelsior Library, Charters Towers Regional Council
• Proserpine Library, Whitsunday Regional Council and
• Bowen Library, Whitsunday Regional Council

L-R Library Officer Tania Rowe and Team Leader Terry Mills-Edward, Bowen Library 67 Herbert Street, Bowen. Photograph by State Library of Queensland.

Residents of Charters Towers view the collections at the Excelsior Library, 130 Gill St. Photograph by State Library of Queensland.

Suzanne Buckley of Proserpine discovers a personal link to Major Bourne whose name was extensively listed in the 2nd Light Horse nominal roll of B squadron. Collection OM 77-14/11 2nd Light Horse Association, 1914 - 1920. Photograph by State Library of Queensland.

Bowen residents admire the album of photographs taken by Cyril Brett. Collection M 946/31 Burley (Brett) Family Records, 1913 - 1946. Photograph by State Library of Queensland.

Charters Towers Community Archivist Michael Brumby and Niles admire the detail captured by photographer Don J. Peiniger in the 1920 Anzac Day gathering, Charters Towers, April 25. Collection Charters Towers Archives. Photograph by Anne Scheu, State Library of Queensland.

Members of the Proserpine Historical Museum discussing the Q ANZAC 100 projects now available with Niles, Anne and Troy. Photograph by State Library of Queensland.

Bowen Historical Society and Museum members Marie, Helen, Cheryl and Bruce show Niles Elvery the First World War collections of Bowen, 22 June, 2016. Photograph by State Library of Queensland.

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