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White Gloves in Normanton and Cloncurry

By JOL Admin | 19 September 2016

A friendly Normanton welcome

First World War White Gloves participants at Normanton

First World War White Gloves participants at Cloncurry

Also at John Flynn Place is a newly installed interactive kiosk thanks to a 2015 Queensland Anzac Centenary grant. The kiosk includes a number of exhibits: Honouring Outback Heroes and a Roll of Honour and Remembering Sister Gilbert.

One panel from Honouring Outback Heroes

Grace Francis enlisted in February 1916, being posted to France in 1917 serving at the 25th (British) General Hospital at Hardelot near Boulogne. Grace became one of the Australian Inland Missions best known nursing sisters.

Eric Donaldson

Born in Boguntungan in central Queensland, Eric Donaldson, learnt to fly during the First World War. He flew for the Royal Flying Cops and later the Royal Sir Force and became one of Queensland's best known bush pilots.

More information about Honouring Outback Heroes is available at John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery, Cloncurry.

The Cloncurry Visitor Information Centre houses the Cloncurry & District Historical & Museum Society where their First World War display includes the Cloncurry and District Honour Board listing the service men from both First and Second World Wars.

The society has researched all the First World War names and collated a handy reference guide to their service history.  The display also contains a well preserved example of the favorite past time of soldiers, the "Two-up" game.

Niles Elvery, Regional Coordinator, Q ANZAC 100, State Library of Queensland


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