First world war

Queensland State Archives (QSA) holds records on the government’s response to the State at war during the First World War and consequent years, as well as general records during that time.

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You can view our war records by searching our records if you know the name and location of the person you are looking for. You can also conduct a topic search. For more information on searching records, see Start your research.

First World War records

Aboriginal War Census returns 1915-1916

Search Index to census records of the Aboriginal population in 1915-1916, including men aged from 18 to 45 years for war purposes, but also included all women and children and residents of other ethnic backgrounds such as South Sea Islanders and Rotumans.

Soldier Settlement Ledger 1917-1929—Search Index to ledgers for soldier settlers from Coominya, Cecil Plains, Maria Creek and Mount Gravatt provide details of money allocated to the individual settler, and its use.

TB Home applications 1923-1932

Search Index to inwards and outwards correspondence of the Anzac Committee that erected homes for homeless widows and orphans of fallen soldiers.

Windsor Town Council Honour Roll 1914-1925

Search Index to civilians serving in the First World War, including details of rank, address, where served and whether killed in action, or wounded.

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ArchivesSearch provides access to QSA’s collection of records, including documents, letters, maps, plans and images. For help with searching, read the ArchivesSearch help guide. If you are looking for records about the First World War, try entering one of the terms below into ArchivesSearch:

  • ​World War 1914-1918
  • Australian home front
  • recruiting and enlistment
  • internment and aliens
  • conscriptions
  • soldier settlements
  • Armistice Day
  • Anzac Day
  • war memorials
  • repatriation
  • referendum
  • home front

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  • Some records have not survived.
  • A blank cell indicates that there is no information recorded in the original.
  • Spelling variations do occur so check alternatives e.g. Thompson and Thomson

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