Queensland’s parliament has remembered sacrifices made by almost 58,000 Queenslanders on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
Queensland’s parliament has remembered the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.
Premier Campbell Newman said that over four years, almost 58,000 Queenslanders volunteered for the war and fought on all fronts.
“Queenslanders invested greatly in this war,” he told parliament on Tuesday.
Mr Newman tabled telegrams sent between then premier Digby Denham and prime minister Joseph Cook about the declaration of war in 1914.
“Though we regarded war with Germany as inevitable, your telegram informing us that war has actually broken out with Germany is received with profound sorrow,” Mr Newman quoted Mr Denham.
“In this crisis, Queensland unreservedly places all her resources at service of the Commonwealth and Mother Country.”
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was important to recognise the anniversary.
“This would be a war defined not so much by the glory of victory but by sacrifice; around 10,000 Queenslanders among nearly 60,000 total Australians would never come home,” she told parliament.
“Queenslanders have and will continue to honour those who served and remember those who died. It’s the least we could do given the magnitude of what they gave.”