1. Queensland doctors and nurses in the First World War digital story, 2015, John Oxley Library, Acc: 29355/4

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    An examination of the experiences of Queensland doctors and nurses who served in the First World War. Professor John Pearn AO, RFD and Dr. Robert Likeman CSM, both distinguished civilian and military doctors, discuss the challenging situations faced by medical service people in the First World War, from overwhelming numbers of casualties, to extreme conditions and traumatic injuries. They explore the medical advancements which resulted from war, and the lasting emotional and psychological effects of the war on the doctors and nurses who served.

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    • Roy Douglas Proctor, digital story

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      The story of Roy Douglas Proctor, a Sergeant in 15th Battalion, A.I.F during World War I. The Roy Douglas Proctor Papers 1915-1917 are held in the John Oxley Library and contain letters and postcards sent from Roy while on active service, to his sister Ruby in Kelvin Grove, Brisbane. The letters are written from Egypt, France and Belgium, the postcards depict scenes in Egypt, the hospital ship Asturias, Marseille and London. Roy was killed in action, aged 26, on 1 February 1917, and buried in the Guards Cemetery, Les Boeufs, Somme, France.

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      • Major General Sir Thomas William Glasgow KCB CB CMG DSO

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        The story of Major General Sir Thomas William Glasgow , Queensland's highest ranking First World War soldier, and an effective and highly regarded divisional commander. Born in Tiaro in 1876, Glasgow enlisted with the Wide Bay Regiment, Queensland Mounted Infantry and served with distinction in the Boer War, where he won the DSO while still a Lieutenant. He organised the 13th Light Horse Regiment at Gympie in 1903, and at the outbreak of the First World War enlisted in the 2nd Light Horse Regiment. Glasgow earned distinction at Gallipoli, leading the Australian assault on Dead Man's Ridge, and on the Western Front he was appointed commander of 13th Infantry Brigade as part of 4th Australian Division. On 25 April 1918, 13th Brigade, together with Harold 'Pompey' Elliott's 15th Brigade, staged an important counterattack to recapture the town of Villers-Bretonneux. This action played a significant role in turning back the German Spring 1918 advance. In June 1918 Glasgow was given command of 1st Australian Division. In 1919 Glasgow was appointed K.C.B., was awarded the French Légion d'honneur and the Croix de Guerre, and the Belgian Croix de Guerre. After the war he commanded 4th Division, became honorary colonel of the 5th Light Horse and the 1st Battalion, and led the Anzac Day parade in Brisbane for 20 years. From 1919-1931 Glasgow served in the Australian Senate as a Nationalist. From April 1927 until October 1929 he was minister for defence. In 1939 Glasgow was appointed first Australian high commissioner to Canada, and returned to Australia in 1945 to resume pastoral and business interests in Queensland. He died in Brisbane in 1955 and was given a state funeral.

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        • Maurice George Delpratt digital story

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          The story of Maurice George Delpratt, a station overseer from Tambourine and former housemaster at The Southport School, who served at Gallipoli with the 5th Light Horse, and was captured by the Turks on the 28th June 1915. As a prisoner of war at Hadji-Kiri, near Belemedik in the Taurus Mountains, Turkey, he worked on the construction of the Baghdad Railway. During his three years imprisonment, Delpratt corresponded with family and friends at home in Queensland. Most letters and postcards were written to his eldest sister Elinor (Nell), Mrs F.L. White of "Brooklands", Woodhill, Queensland. Correspondence and comfort parcels were facilitated by the Australian Red Cross POW Department in London. Delpratt was released after the armistice in November 1918 and returned to Queensland in July 1919. He married Mary Esther Davies of Toowoomba in 1928 and they had three daughters. He later worked at the Warwick Post Office and died in Warwick in 1957.

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

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            This digital story explores the contribution and experiences of indigenous Queenslanders during the First World War. Despite the oppressive policies and practices of the Protection Era, between 1,250 and 1,500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women volunteered for the AIF, and approximately 300 were from Queensland. Indigenous Queenslanders tried to enlist for a variety of reasons, and Indigenous Languages Coordinator Desmond Crump discusses the effect of the Defence Act (1909), which excluded from service 'those who were not of 'substantially European origin or descent'. In 1917 the Act was amended to so that 'half castes' could enlist. While this increased indigenous recruitment, it did not guarantee indigenous soldiers any of the rights afforded their non-indigenous comrades after the war, and they returned to a life of restriction and discrimination.

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            • George Samuel Deviney digital story

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              The story of George Samuel Deviney, a young farmer from "Gladsdale" Helidon who enlisted with the 9th/52nd Battalion A.I.F. during World War I. He left for war with youthful enthusiasm and a sense of patriotic duty. George was killed at Dernancourt, France in 1918. His letters and diaries, and correspondence relating to his death and posthumous award are held in the John Oxley Library. The George Samuel Deviney Papers 1909-1918 include letters, diaries, postcards, a school exercise book, newspaper clippings, photographs, telegrams, accounts and one Next of Kin Memorial Plaque.

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              • Queensland chaplains during the First World War digital story, 2015, John Oxley Library, Acc: 29355/18

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                An examination of the role and experiences of Queensland chaplains during the First World War, with particular reference to three Anglican chaplains – The Reverend William Maitland Woods, The Reverend George Green and Canon David John Garland, whose papers are held in the John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Chaplains were responsible for the spiritual welfare of the soldiers, and alongside the more gruesome task of burying the dead, they provided important pastoral care and emotional support to their comrades.

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                • 2nd Light Horse Regiment digital story, 2015, John Oxley Library, Acc: 29355/20,

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                  This digital story explores the achievements of Queensland’s 2nd Light Horse Regiment during the First World War. Raised at Enoggera in Queensland, the 2nd Light Horse Regiment embarked for Egypt on the Star of England in September 1914, and after further training in the Egyptian desert, was deployed to Gallipoli, without horses. The diaries of Anglican chaplain The Reverend George Green and the letters of Major George Herbert Bourne provide insight into the experiences of the 2nd Light Horsemen as they endured months of trench warfare before returning to Egypt in September 1915. Historian Mark Cryle and Army Museum South Queensland Manager Captain Adele Catts discuss the qualities and skills of the Light Horsemen, and the important bond between horse and man. In Egypt, the 2nd Light Horse joined the Anzac Mounted Division to defend the Suez Canal. As part of the 1st Light Horse Brigade, the Regiment played a significant role in the battle of Romani on 4 August 1916, and participated in the Allied advance across the Sinai in late 1916, fighting at Maghdaba and Rafa on the Palestine frontier. Other notable engagements included the abortive second battle of Gaza on 19 April 1917, and the battle of Beersheba.

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                  • Battle Of The Somme_music composed Jamie Saxe

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                    Excerpt of film from 1917. Music composed by Jamie Saxe for ACMI exhibition "War Pictures" 2015

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                    • Foreign Fields_End sequence_War Pictures

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                      Foreign Fields instrumental version composed by Jamie Saxe. Performed by Tom Silvester. Soldiers visiting the cinema in 1918 from the exhibition War Pictures at ACMI Melbourne 2015

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