Distant Lines exhibition continues to delight Brisbane residents with installations and events, transporting audiences back in time to the First World War.
Launched at the beginning of the year, Distant Lines offers a range of activities, talks, installations and community events to educate people of all ages about Queensland’s experience of the First World War.
Spread throughout State Library, there still plenty events, installations and activities on for the public to get involved in, until 15 November.
Distant Lines in Infozone
Start your Distant Lines experience in the Infozone on level 1 of State Library, with information and imagery focussing on Australia’s two conscription referenda (1916 and 1917) to discuss the age-old debate: for or against war.
Which way did Queensland vote? Which way would you vote today?
War front experience
Did you know that more than 57,000 Queenslanders served for our country in the First World War?
Held on level 2 in SLQ Gallery, the exhibition will transport you back to the war front through the lives of 25 diverse Queenslanders who served in the First World War.
This gallery highlights the notion of distance during the First World War – geographically, ideologically and emotionally – along with how lines of communication connected loved ones around the globe during the time.
Discover untold war experiences through personal letters, diaries, belongings and digital stories against a towering backdrop of striking imagery.
Home front experience
While Queensland may have been distant from the front lines, the repercussions of the First World War conflict were deep and long lasting on the home front.
In Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery on level 4 you’ll learn more about the stories of Queenslanders at home through State Library’s extensive collections of posters, photographs, records, letters and programmes, some of which have never been seen before by the public.
Trace the early stages of the war from recruitment and conscription campaigning to the darker side of patriotism; racism, censorship and propaganda, and appreciate how women contributed as fundraisers, Red Cross volunteers and medical professionals.
Talbot Family Treasures Wall
Also located on level 4 is the Talbot Family Treasures Wall display, taking you on a journey through Queensland’s history, as we commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landing.
This display is not to be missed, as it showcases State Library’s collection of items and photographs that examine the origins and development of Anzac Day in Queensland.
One hundred years on from the beginning of the First World War there are still stories to be told, memories to be shared, and hidden treasure to discover.
From the home front to the war front, Distant Lines will allow you to explore the unique Queensland experience of the war. Don’t miss it!
The Distant Lines exhibition will run until 15 November at State Library Queensland located in the Cultural Precinct, South Bank.
For more information visit www.qanzac100.slq.qld.gov.au/dl
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