First World War treasures on tour

Read diary of Toowoomba brothers who fought in WW1

THE diary of two young Toowoomba brothers who fought in the First World War is on display as the State Library of Queensland visits town.

A white gloves experience workshop offered a unique opportunity for Toowoomba residents yesterday.

They were able to put on curator's white gloves and take a hands-on look at some original First World War materials at the Toowoomba Library.

Residents are able to view the collection today and tomorrow.

(COPY) State Library of Queensland Q Anzac 100 portrait believed to be of Toowoomba brothers Benjamin and William Ingham, from Collection 29901/84, Wednesday, November 02, 2016.
(COPY) State Library of Queensland Q Anzac 100 portrait believed to be of Toowoomba brothers Benjamin and William Ingham, from Collection 29901/84, Wednesday, November 02, 2016.

SLQ regional coordinator Niles Elvery said the white gloves experience allowed people to get personal with a curated selection of First World War treasures such as letters, diaries and photographs.

He said the diary of Toowoomba brothers William and Benjamin Ingham would be of particular interest.

The brothers were both bakers when they enlisted in 1915 and embarked for the Western Front.

William died of shrapnel wounds in France on February, 1 1917 and Benjamin suffered shell shock and returned home on February 13, 1917.

State Library of Queensland Q Anzac 100 regional coordinator Niles Elvery with a portrait believed to be of Toowoomba brothers Benjamin and William Ingham at the workshop at Toowoomba Library.
State Library of Queensland Q Anzac 100 regional coordinator Niles Elvery with a portrait believed to be of Toowoomba brothers Benjamin and William Ingham at the workshop at Toowoomba Library. Kevin Farmer

"We have so many old treasures for people to pursue and the diary of the brothers is just incredible," he said.

"We know not many people can visit the State Library so this is a way of bringing the material to them."

For more information visit qanzac100.slq.qld.gov.au.


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