August 4 2014 marked 100 years since the commencement of World War I and centenary commemorations are happening around the world through the centenary period (2014-2018). Noosa Library Service has received funding under the Queensland Anzac Centenary Grants program for two projects: Noosa's War Front and Noosa Remembers. For more information about Anzac commemorations throughout Queensland visit: www.qld.gov.au/anzac100
Noosa's War Front
The project explored the ways the community and Council navigated the war years in the Noosa district, culminating in an exhibition in 2015. This exhibition is now available as a travelling exhibition for loan to local organizations. Contact the Heritage Librarian for more information.
An additional grant from State Library of Queensland 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.
Noosa Remembers documents the stories behind the First World War memorials of the Noosa Shire in a commemorative book. The book was launched in Pomona on 8 September 2017. Free copies are available from Noosa Library Service branches.
An eBook version will be available here soon.
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.