Women’s Participation

Queensland Women of the First World War

With limited opportunity for active service, how did women contribute during the tumultuous years of the First World War? This ‘white gloves’ workshop uncovers the lives of Queensland women, who each played a unique role in the First World War. Exploring personal items and artifacts gives a unique perspective on how their involvement impacted the changing role of women during this time.

'Mother of the Queenslanders' Annie Wheeler

In 1912 Rockhampton nurse Annie Wheeler moved to London with a determination: to contact all soldiers from Central Queensland, whether wounded, imprisoned, or in the trenches. Because of her extensive work in connecting soldiers and their families she became known as the 'Mother of the Queenslanders'. Discovering Annie Wheeler examines the important and unique role Mrs Wheeler played during the First World War.

Central Queensland Nurses of the First World War

This digital story examines the training, dedicated service and legacy of central Queensland nurses who enlisted in the Australian Army Nursing Service during the First World War and highlights the work of the Rockhampton Country Hospital Museum in uncovering their stories.

Q ANZAC 100 On the home front history symposium

Women of Queensland!: Send a man today to fight for you poster

On the home front symposium brought together Australia’s leading historical thinkers and commentators to discuss and explore how the First World War was experienced by those that did not leave Australia to fight in a faraway war, but remained at home during the war – in their community, in their family. These stories are sometimes regarded as secondary to the military history of the First World War. For some, the real history of WWI took place on the battlefields rather than in Queensland communities. On the home front challenged this view by illuminating the significance of home front history and its enduring legacy. A selection of video recording of live talks from the symposium are below. 

Why is Your Face so White Mother?: Women and the Conscription Debates 1916–1917

Fighting the war at home – the campaign against enemy aliens in WW1 Australia

They also serve: children and families on the home front – Queensland in World War One

Telling difficult family war stories: searching for Hector Thomson