State Library of Queensland launches 'Q Anzac 100: Memories for A New Generation' Centenary programme

Posted on on 20 December 2013
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The State Library of Queensland has launched a five year programme of initiatives to commemorate the First World War and Anzac Centenary.

The Minister Assisting the Premier on the Commemoration of the Anzac Centenary, Glen Elmes, announced that the programme will receive $7.4 million in funding.

One aspect of the programme will be the creation of a "digital memorial", which will see oral histories and primary sources digitised.

Mr. Elmes praised the initiative’s potential in allowing stories from the conflict to be "shared by second, third and fourth generation voices throughout Queensland".


In partnership with Queensland's cultural heritage sector, the State Library is planning a wide range of activities, which it describes as an "opportunity to uncover new Queensland stories and treasures, and generate insights, conversations and experiences that honour and embrace the enduring Anzac spirit".

The Library describes its approach to the Centenary as "a 21st century response that engages with communities across regional Queensland and embraces new technology".

Activities will include:

- The creation of a "digital memorial" with interactive timeline and new media content

- Online educational resources

- Research fellowships, symposia and publications

- 'White Gloves' experiences with objects from the conflict

- Events and performances "to foster new understanding and conversations about Queensland's First World War experiences"

State Librarian Janette Wright highlighted the importance of celebrating, commemorating and understanding Queensland's history, as the primary sources it possesses, such as diaries "speak to us from a bygone era and are precious beyond measure".

The programme will commence in early 2014.

The Queensland Government will provide $49.3 million in funding for significant legacy projects between 2014-2018.

To watch a video about the launch of the programme, click here.

Source: State Library of Queensland and Queensland Government press releases

Date of press releases publications: 10/12/2013

Images courtesy of the State Library of Queensland

Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News