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Posted on: 14 June, 2016

First World War Treasures on display at Whitsunday Regional Libraries

Whitsunday Regional Libraries will host First World War Treasures: A White Gloves Experience at the Proserpine and Bowen Libraries on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 June.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that this workshop offers 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 first-hand a selection of First World War treasures such as letters, diaries and photographs,” Cr Willcox 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,” he said.

“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.”

Organisation and local community members are also invited to contribute to First World War initiatives which are already in progress including:

Q ANZAC 100 #OnThisDay: retells the news of the day from 100 years ago on Twitter, Facebook and Blog. Follow SLQ on Facebook, Twitter or blog.

Q ANZAC 100 on Historypin: Search, discover, learn and contribute your story about the Queensland experience of the First World War at www.historypin.org/qanzac100

The First World War Treasures: A White Gloves Experience displays are free however bookings are essential. The workshops will be held at the following venues:

Tuesday 21 June – 2:00pm to 4:00pm at Proserpine Library
Wednesday 22 June – 2:00pm to 4:00pm at Bowen Library

RSVP 16 June - for bookings please contact:

Proserpine Library: (07) 4945 0275
Bowen Library: (07) 4761 3670

For general enquiries about the workshop please contact Niles Elvery Regional Coordinator,
Q ANZAC 100 Niles.Elvery@slq.qld.gov.au or 07 3842 9673

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