Queensland State Archives hold a wealth of records that reflect the government's response to the outbreak of the First World War (1914-1918) and the ensuing years. In commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, we have undertaken a program of work to highlight, through our records, the government's activities during this period.
Our latest foyer exhibition, On the Home Front,
looks at what happened at home after our troops left for the 'Great Adventure' of 1914 to 1918. What did Queenslanders do to support the war effort? What sacrifices did we have to make? This is the second in a series of exhibitions about Queensland's role in the First World War and it's on display now in the foyer exhibition space at Runcorn
|Aboriginal War Census returns 1915-1916
||An alphabetical name index which relates to Aboriginal people living at various settlements to be used for war census purposes, circa 1915-1916. The index was created by staff from the Communities and Personal Histories Unit, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services, Department of Communities.|
|List of Queensland State Archives First World War records
||This dataset is an extract of digitised records from Queensland State Archives' Image Queensland database relating to the outbreak of the First World War (1914–1918) and the ensuing years, including post-war settlement and commemoration activities. The dataset only includes selected records that have been digitised and made available in Image Queensland up to 16 February 2015.|
|TB Home applications 1923-1932
||An alphabetical name index to the applications for T.B Homes by returned servicemen with T.B. The applications include the personal and war details of the applicant and the particulars of land or district where the applicant desires the dwelling house to be erected.|
|Windsor Honour Roll 1914-1925
||An alphabetical name index for the Honour Roll created by the Windsor Town Council. The index and additional soldier research was completed by Queensland State Archives staff and volunteers. Every effort has been made to correctly identify the individuals listed.|
Our First World War blog
entries include snippets of interest, explorations of a topic or stories of a Queensland soldier. New blog entries will be posted regularly so if you don't want to miss a post, subscribe by selecting the 'Follow' button.
The First World War is just one of the albums on Flickr
highlighting our image collection. From travelling kitchens to recruitment posters, explore some of digitised images related to the war and its remembrance.
An example of one of our collections on HistoryPin
shows the route of the August 1915 special recruitment train organised by the Queensland Recruiting Committee. Timetables were displayed in various towns and motivational speakers travelled on the train to speak at the various destinations. Images describing the journey of the Recruiting Train and images of First World War memorials en route are included on this HistoryPin map
Queensland State Archives has commissioned a selection of historical essays about the First World War. The content for these essays has been researched using the records at Queensland State Archives:
Using archival records, these virtual exhibition have been created to highlight a topic around the First World War.
On the Home Front in Queensland
This exhibition highlights some of the records in Queensland State Archives' collection which document life on the home front in Queensland during the First World War.
Queensland State Archives, Digital Image ID 24660, Photograph of travelling kitchen, 28 June 1915
Recruitment and enlistment in Queensland
This exhibition highlights some of the records in Queensland State Archives' collection which document recruitment and enlistment in Queensland during the First World War and the intense degree of state, social, media and moral pressure exerted on eligible males to enlist in the armed forces.
Queensland State Archives, Digital Image ID 25155, Poster advertising the Recruiting Committee's Special Train, August 1916
Internment and aliens during the First World War
This exhibition highlights some of the records in Queensland State Archives' collection which document the treatment of 'enemy aliens' - principally Germans, Turks, Austrians and Bulgarians - in Queensland during the First World War.
Queensland State Archives, Digital Image ID 25074, Correspondence to the Commissioner of Police, Brisbane regarding Circular Memorandum No. 888 and instructions for the internment and treatment of Aliens
Anzac Square and the Shrine of Remembrance
This exhibition includes photographs and documents from Queensland State Archives' collection which illustrate the development of Anzac Square. More information about the history of Anzac Square is available in the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection's Heritage Register.
Queensland State Archives, Digital Image ID 156, The Shrine, Anzac Square, Adelaide Street, Brisbane, c1932
This exhibition highlights some of the records in our collection on Anzacs, Anzac Day and memorials for fallen soldiers such as the Shrine of Remembrance in Anzac Square, Brisbane. Anzac Day - 25 April - marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand soldiers during the First World War. Anzac is an abbreviation of the phrase 'Australian and New Zealand Army Corps' used to describe our forces during the First World War.
Queensland State Archives, Digital Image ID 24666, Anzac War Memorial ceremony - Anzac Square, Ann Street, Brisbane, April 1985
Other sources of information
Year 9 curriculum
To support the Australian History Curriculum, Queensland State Archives has selected a range of digitised records and resources from its collection to assist teachers in the teaching and learning of the First World War.