Love and war

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Sun 26 Feb


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Hear poignant stories of love, loss and reunion from WWI and WWII.

During times of conflict, love and relationships continued to play an important role in the lives of service personnel and those left behind on the Home Front. Few relationships were left untouched by the scale and devastation of WWI and WWII.

Back by popular demand, this talk will feature new romances and personal stories, as well as showcasing emotive historical artefacts, images and letters from State Library of Queensland's collections.

Join us at Anzac Square Memorial Galleries as we explore:

  • The beauty and sentiment of love letters exchanged between Queensland soldiers and their sweethearts during WWI
  • The vast impact on social customs and relationship practices, including swifter courtships, marriages of convenience, the emergence of war brides and the sorrow of war widows
  • The unique personal experiences of Dr David Croll and Winnie Croll; one of the few husband and wife couples to serve during WWI
  • And, the moving tale of WWII pilot and POW Charles Fry and his sweetheart Beryl Smith, who longingly waited 8 years to be reunited with her love

After the talk, visitors can stay to explore the Memorial Galleries - embarking on an interactive journey from World War I to today, before taking time to reflect on the remarkable stories of bravery and sacrifice in the tranquil parklands.

Anzac Square Memorial Galleries is located at 285 Ann Street, Brisbane. Entry is through the double brass doors located beneath the Shrine of Remembrance.

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Upcoming dates

Sun 26 Feb