Some of the First World War artefacts that will go on display at the Proserpine Library next Tuesday.
Some of the First World War artefacts that will go on display at the Proserpine Library next Tuesday.

First World War treasures to go on display

TREASURES of the First World War will be on display at the Proserpine Library next week.

Whitsunday Mayor Andrew Willcox said the 'White Glove Experience' would offer a unique opportunity for a hands-on look at some of the State Library of Queensland's precious original First World War materials.

"This is a very exciting opportunity for our community to see... treasures such as letters, diaries and photographs," he said.

"We are also fortunate to have a State Library of Queensland Collection Specialist to guide us through the stories and significance of the items and talk with residents about their own families' World War stories.

"It is so important that youth of today commemorate and learn about our past and contribute to future Anzac Centenary commemorations, leaving a legacy for future generations to come."

Organisations and local community members are also invited to contribute to First World War initiatives already in progress by including the Twitter hashtag #OnThisDay.

The tag will give users access to news from 100 years ago that is specific to the particular day they use the tag.

To get more historic news follow the State Library of Queensland on Facebook

The Anzac 100 on History Pin is another way to learn and contribute your story about the Queensland experience of the First World War. Visit: historypin.org/qanzac100

The White Gloves Experience displays are free however bookings are essential.

The workshops will be held at the following venues:

Tuesday 21 June - 2-4pm at Proserpine Library

Wednesday 22 June - 2-4pm at Bowen Library

For bookings contact:

Proserpine Library: 4945 0275

Bowen Library:  4761 3670

For general enquiries about the workshop contact regional coordinator Niles Elvery via Niles.Elvery@slq.qld.gov.au or 07 3842 9673. 


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