History and commemoration

Learning kit

Download this learning kit to inspire your teaching and provide your History and Modern History students grades 6, 9, 11 and 12 with learning activities centred around the First World War. 

Based on professional development workshops facilitated by Dr Mark Cryle and Elaine Acworth, we invite you and your students to meddle with mythology and play with the past, question historical certainties and take intellectual risks around alternative hypotheses. This pack seeks, in the words of one educationalist, “to access the profound through the playful”. 

My Father’s Wars

Like many veterans, Bill Acworth never spoke of his experiences in either of the World Wars in which he served.

Bill’s daughter Elaine Acworth (a playwright and dramatist and the State Library of Queensland’s QANZAC100 Fellow 2015/16) created dramatic works based on her personal journey of discovery and reconciling the image of her father.

In these podcasts, Elaine explores the events of WW1 that shaped her father and matches them up with his responses in post-war life.

French place names in the Granite Belt

After the First World War, several towns and localities in the Granite Belt of Queensland's Darling Downs were given French names, in commemoration of those who served on the Western Front.

This digital story explores the history and impact of soldier settlements in this region and examines how these communities commemorate their origins today.

Service, sacrifice & staying at home

This professional development session was designed for teachers and educators with a specific interest in teaching the First World War.

Q ANZAC 100 Fellowship recipient Dr Mark Cryle leads an energetic exploration of what it meant for Queensland men and women to serve, sacrifice or stay at home during the First World War. As part of the Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program, this workshop guided teachers to explore First World War collection items, uncovered Queensland soldier stories, and debated the circumstances surrounding the First World War and the creation of the ANZAC Day ritual.

Origins of ANZAC Day

Anzac Day is our national day of remembrance, an opportunity to commemorate those Australians and New Zealanders who have served and died in conflict.

This digital story examines the key part which Queensland played in the development of this national day. The Queensland Anzac Day Commemoration Committee was formed in early 1916, and its deliberations instituted elements such as the parade of troops, the minute's silence, and the Last Post, which are still observed today.

Soldier portraits

Nearly 30,000 Queensland soldiers had their portrait taken and published in The Queenslander newspaper. Each portrait represents part of a Queensland family's story of their First World War experience.

The best way to search for a soldier is by surname, including the phrase "one of the soldiers " in your search terms. Anyone can view, add a comment, or download a high-resolution digital file of the portraits.

Soldier portraits