World War I Centenary World War I Centenary

Noosa's War Front

August 4 2014 marked 100 years since the commencement of World War I and centenary commemorations are happening around the world.   Noosa Library Service has received funding under the Queensland Anzac Centenary Grants program for the Noosa's War Front project which will explore the ways the community and Council navigated the war years in the Noosa district.  

The project will involve:

  • creation of an online exhibtion of World War I memorabilia to showcase treasures held by local residents
  • development of a travelling exhibition to be opened on 11 November 2015
  • digitisation of council minute books 1910-1921
  • research into local Diggers
  • workshops on how to research service people

An additional grant from State Library of Queensland has enabled some of the stories gathered in the Noosa's War Front project to be shared on the social media platform Historypin. Discover these stories (and others from around Queensland) on the Q ANZAC 100 Memories for a New Generation site.

Get Involved

There will be lots of ways for locals to get involved in this project:

  • Share your treasures: Locals are invited to bring their World War I memorabilia (photos, letters, diaries, medals, souvenirs) to the library and tell the story behind it.  
  • Be a volunteer researcher: Volunteers are needed to undertake research using service dossiers, online historic newspapers, council minutes books and other sources to uncover the stories of our local service people and community events during the war years.  Contact the Heritage Librarian for more information.  

For more information or to get involved, contact the Heritage Library by email or phone (07) 5329-6534.

Noosa's Diggers

The Adopt-a-Digger project has collated the names of the men and women from the Sunshine Coast region who served in the First AIF and has encouraged descendants and keen researchers to adopt these Diggers, research their story, and record the information on the Adopt-a-Digger website.  There are approximately 300 Diggers from Noosa communities in the database.