The digital photographs in this collection include pictures of Australia's Federation Guard, World War II veterans, and military portraits of Troy’s father and grandfather who were both from Queensland.
During his service, Troy served in Papua New Guinea (1997-1998), Bougainville Island (1999), East Timor (1999), Afghanistan (2002) and Iraq (2005). He served initially as a Queensland reservist in the 25th Battalion then enlisted into the Regular Army as an Infantryman with the 6th Battalion the Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR) in 1990.
After six years he transferred into Army Public Relations as a photographer where he completed 16 years in the regular Army and discharging in Townsville. [Acc 31926]
The 51 digital copies of photographs by award winning military photographer Malcolm (Mal) Lancaster record his military service with the Royal Australian Navy (1959-1969) and as a civilian with the Office of Air Force and Defence Public Affairs (1969-2000).
During the Vietnam conflict, Mal’s images and film footage were seen in Australian homes for the first time. He also captured the moment F-111 aircraft arrived in Brisbane, the coronation of the King of Tonga and the 1982 journey of lone British rower Peter Bird on his epic journey from the US to Australia. Newspaper clippings summarise Mal’s contribution to recording this history through photography. [Acc 31655]
This collection of 460 original photographs, mostly identified, records the entire wartime service of 2nd Lieutenant John Thomas Castles of H. Battery, 2nd Battalion, 94th CA (AA), United States Army.
He refers to views of 'Doombon' (Doomben) 'Archer Field' (Archerfield) and Lennons Hotel in Brisbane; kangaroo hunting and a property on the Reid River where the U.S Army Air Force established an airfield. Townsville and Magnetic Island are represented and over 100 photographs of Horn Island in the Torres Strait where he was stationed. [Acc 28220]
The Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS) was formed in 1941 with the approval of Sir Percy Spender, Australia's Minister for the Army. The Women's Australian National Service (WANS) had previously demonstrated that women were capable of filling roles traditionally filled by men.
The objective of AWAS was to release more men for active service by employing women in roles such as first aid, signalling and mechanics. The AWAS was demobilised by 30 June 1947. [Acc 3336]
Significant WWI Collections
Sir Thomas William Glasgow (1876-1955) was the highest ranking Queenslander to serve in World War 1. This extensive collection includes postcards, photographs, maps and almost 1,000 letters which Glasgow wrote to his wife Belle and two young daughters during his wartime service. [Acc 29571]
Constance Keys (1886-1964) was one of the first four Queensland nurses to embark for the First World War in September 1914. She was one of Australia’s most decorated nurses, and one of many important women in World War 1. [Acc 30674]
Maurice Delpratt was born in Tambourine, Queensland and attended The Southport School as a student then housemaster. He was an overseer at a large sheep station near Longreach before enlisting in World War 1 in 1914. [Acc 28115]
Between the WWI and WWII Joe Lang was employed as an engineer during the construction of the Story Bridge in Brisbane, however at the outbreak of the Second World War he re-enlisted with the rank of Major with the 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion.
Victory in Europe Day was declared on 8 May in 1945. Celebrations in Australia were more muted as fighting in the Pacific continued until August. Anzac Square was described as ablaze with floodlights attracting an estimated 10,000 people.
The four albums documenting Patrick McHugh's service include interesting captions and images of Australian troops. Born in Atherton, Queensland, on 5 August 1916, he enlisted for World War II service in Townsville on 27 March 1941.
Digital stories – World War II and Homefront
First World War resources
Discover and share World War 1 stories in Queensland. Nearly 4,000 pins are a visual record of the people, places and commemoration. Each one is a legacy for future generations.
Discover the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who served in World War 1, both overseas and at home in Queensland.
Since 2014, annual symposia have explored the impact of the First World War on Queenslanders and Queensland life. View expert presentations and panel discussions which re-examine our understanding of the Anzac legacy.
Explore key moments and unique stories of Queensland’s World War 1 years through this interactive portal.
57,705 Queenslanders enlisted in the First World War. These resources will help you find the names of Australian soldiers who fought in World War 1.