Over 57,000 Queensland men and women served in World War 1 between 1914 and 1918. The State Library of Queensland houses many World War 1 records and collections relating to the experience of Queenslanders during the Great War.

Uncover a wealth of World War 1 facts, photos and letters in the resources below. View World War 1 soldier portraits, find the names of Australian soldiers who fought in World War 1, and read fascinating World War 1 stories that shed light on the lives impacted.  

Significant Collections

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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]

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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]

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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]

Additional First World War resources

Q ANZAC 100 historypin

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.

Aboriginal soldiers were photographed with the 1st reinforcement to Egypt

Discover the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who served in World War 1, both overseas and at home in Queensland.

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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.

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Explore key moments and unique stories of Queensland’s World War 1 years through this interactive portal.

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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. 

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

Digital World War 1 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 World War 1. [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 World War 1. [Acc 29841]

World War 1 Dates

Australia’s involvement in World War 1 began on the 4th of August in 1914 when Britain declared war on Germany, and Australia’s Prime Minister Joseph Cook pledged to support Britain.

World War 1 ended for Australia on the 11th of November in 1918 when Germany signed the armistice that ended all fighting in the First World War.  

World War 1 Timeline

To see a detailed timeline and explore key events of World War 1, visit State Library’s online collection A State of War. Here you’ll find key moments in the First World War, with stories of those who served, letters they sent during the war, and audio recordings of these materials.   

World War 1 Countries

World War 1 was a war between the Central Powers of mainly Germany, Austria-Hungary and Turkey, against the Allied Powers of mainly France, Great Britain, Australia, Russia, Italy, Japan and the United States.

World War 1 Deaths

Close to 60,000 Australians died in World War 1, with another 156,000 wounded or taken prisoner. Of the 416,809 Australian men who enlisted to fight in World War 1, almost 15% of them did not return home.

Use the State Library of Queensland’s Find your Soldier resource to find names, portraits and other materials of over 30,000 Queensland soldiers.