State Library of Queensland has been collecting wartime diaries, letters, photographs, and historically significant items since opening its doors in 1934. Through uncovering our past, we invite future generations to understand, share, and learn about the Queensland experiences of war, and ensure those who made the ultimate sacrifice are never forgotten.
We've searched through State Library's extensive military collection to bring you a selection of stories that best illustrate the courage, resilience, sacrifice, and duty of Queenslanders who served on the home front and the warfront, and immortalise the Anzac Spirit.
Sharing Stories of Service
Jack Flynn WWII
Jack Flynn stepped forward in July 1940 and volunteered to join the Army where he flourished. A keen athlete, he was selected to attend a specialist Physical Training Instructors course in Victoria but, after injuring himself, earned himself an early discharge.
Constance was one of the first four Queensland nurses to embark for Egypt in September 1914 and she has left an enduring legacy and a moving account of her service during this most terrible of conflicts.
Curtis McGrath OAM
Curtis McGrath OAM was born in New Zealand and grew up spending a very active outdoors childhood in both New Zealand and Australia. When he was just 18 years old, he enlisted in the Australian Army. His immediate focus was on becoming a combat engineer.
In May 1939, Flight Lieutenant Charles ‘Digger’ Fry was posted to Egypt. In May 1941, Charles was flying on operations over Crete when his Hurricane fighter aircraft was shot down.