Chance to Discover Stories and Lives of Our Ancestors; Program Aims to Build Awareness of Men and Women Who Served during Great War of 1914 to 1918 and What Ipswich Life Was Like

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Chance to Discover Stories and Lives of Our Ancestors; Program Aims to Build Awareness of Men and Women Who Served during Great War of 1914 to 1918 and What Ipswich Life Was Like


Byline: Peter Foley peter.foley@qt.com.au

IPSWICH Libraries will continue to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War through a program of activities coming up throughout the rest of this year.

Ipswich City Council Tourism and Libraries Committee chairman David Pahlke said each program to be held by the library aimed to build awareness of the men and women who served during the Great War of 1914 to 1918 and also of life in Ipswich at the time.

With a growing interest in family history, he said, Ipswich Libraries had scheduled more free hands-on sessions ideal for those wishing to uncover their family's military history.

"Participants will find out how to search for service records and other military information on the National Archives of Australia and Australian War Memorial websites and how to access lists of Ipswich Libraries' resources ideal for historical research," Cr Pahlke said.

"Those taking part will have the opportunity to gain skills to assist with researching their family's military history and to discover more about the experiences of their ancestors during the First World War."

He said a Click and You Shall Find -- Investigating your Anzac Ancestors session would be held next Thursday at Redbank Plains Library and on September 2 at Redbank Plaza Library.

"These sessions follow on from the Discovering Ipswich Anzac session held in late June featuring guest speakers Acting Director of the National Archives of Australia Queensland Greg Cope and local author and historian Eddie Habben," he said.

Cr Pahlke said a series of static displays on First World War topics have also been scheduled during the year.

These displays include:

Then and Now: A Day in the Life -- A pictorial display on the day-to-day life of Ipswich people in 1914 and 2014, showing the differences and similarities in everyday life. …

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