First World War

Over 57,000 Queensland men and women served in the First World War 1914-1918. State Library of Queensland houses many collections relating to the experience of Queenslanders during the Great War.

Significant Collections


Sir T. William Glasgow and Lady Glasgow Papers

Sir Thomas William Glasgow (1876-1955) was the highest ranking Queenslander to serve in the First World War. 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 Mabel Keys Collection

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. [Acc 30674]


Maurice George Delpratt Correspondence

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 1914. [Acc 28115]

Additional First World War resources

Q ANZAC 100 historypin

QANZAC100: Memories for a New Generation Historypin hub

Discover and share stories commemorating the First World War in Queensland. Nearly 4,000 pins are a visual record of the people, places and commemoration.  Each one is a legacy for future generations.

Aboriginal soldiers were photographed with the 1st reinforcement to Egypt

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation

Discover the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who served in the First World War, both overseas and at home in Queensland.


First World War symposia

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.


A State of War

Explore key moments and unique stories of Queensland’s First World War years through this interactive portal.


Find your soldier

57,705 Queenslanders enlisted in the First World War. These resources will help you find your soldier.


Soldier portraits

State Library has digitised over 30,000 portraits of Queensland soldiers published during the First World War.

Digital stories

Queensland doctors and nurses in the First World War digital story

This digital story examines the experiences of Queensland doctors and nurses who served in the First World War. [Acc 29842]

Canon Garland’s Memorial digital story

This digital story explores the First World War contribution of Anglican priest and army chaplain Canon David John Garland, the ‘architect of Anzac Day’. [Acc 30993]

Queensland’s indigenous servicemen of the First World War digital story

This digital story explores the contribution and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders during the First World War. [Acc 29841]

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Embroidered World War One silk cushion cover addressed ‘To Violet with love from Jim’.

To Violet with love from Jim

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John Geary #2429

John Geary volunteered to serve with the first AIF in August 1917. His skills as a horseman were well suited to the Light Horse, where ha joined a number of similarly skilled indigenous recruits in  the 20th Reinforcements.

Queensland's WWI flying ace: Francis Ryan Smith

Armistice Day 1918 played a pivotal role in the remarkable story of First World War flying ace, Francis Ryan Smith. His short and distinguished service as an infantryman was matched by his service as a pilot.