Learn what it was like to live during the Great War
The State Library of Queensland is celebrating their exhibition Distant Lines: Queensland Voices of the First World War with a day of talks, activities music, tours and workshops on 11 April. The exhibition will feature posters, photos, letters and personal memorabilia to highlight the impact of WWI on Queenslanders. It will also follow the experiences of 25 Queenslanders who served in the war. This promises to be a thought provoking exhibition that raises issues around the role of women in war, conscription, the ugly side of patriotism and the arguments for and against war.
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The opening event will give visitors a sense of the period and pasttimes of people living in Queensland during WWI. There will be Music performances from 10-4 throughout the gallery. A number of bands will perform music from the First World War period entwined with key contemporary songs of hope and peace.
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A number of specialist guest speakers will host talks about a variety of topics. As part of this there will be a White Gloves experience in which participants will be able to discover some of SLQ's precious original war materials from the Quakers and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
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There will also be a number of workshops for guests to learn how to write a love letter with a celebrated author and crochet a poppy for a soldier to add to the commemoration wall in SLQ Gallery. These craft workshops will give an insight into the resourcefulness that was required by people during the Great War.