Anzac history for future generations

Published Tuesday, 10 December, 2013 at 11:00 AM


Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier
The Honourable Glen Elmes

Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts
The Honourable Ian Walker

State Library of Queensland will bring history to life with a digital memorial project and a five-year program of state-wide activities as part of the Newman Government’s Anzac Centenary legacy commemorations.

Minister Assisting the Premier on the Commemoration of the Anzac Centenary Glen Elmes today announced that State Library’s Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation legacy project would receive $7.4 million in funding.

“As we acknowledge the centenary of the First World War, we are very aware that there are still many Queensland stories, memories and important items that we need to share to ensure the legacy of this significant historical event for future generations,” he said.

“This initiative will be a transition from first-person memories as recorded in original letters, diaries and oral histories, to stories shared by second, third and fourth generation voices throughout Queensland.

Q ANZAC 100 : Memories for a New Generation will engage with Queensland communities to create a digital memorial, foster a network of heritage champions, discover and rediscover stories, invest in new knowledge and create lasting experiences,” Mr Elmes said.

Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts Ian Walker said it was appropriate that one of Queensland’s premier libraries was leading this important project.

“Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation  will embrace technology to engage with new generations, their stories, views and perspectives as well as capture, preserve and digitise original accounts of what was experienced by Queenslanders who lived through the tumultuous First World War years,” Mr Walker said.

State Librarian Janette Wright said it was important to celebrate, commemorate and understand Queensland’s history and to see our place within Australia and the world.

“The evocative hand written diaries and letters held at State Library, in other memory institutions across Queensland, and in personal collections, speak to us from a bygone era and are precious beyond measure,” she said.

The Newman Government will provide $49.3 million in funding for significant legacy projects between 2014-2018.

For more information on Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation  visit

[ENDS] 10 December 2013 

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