The Great War exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of the commencement of World War One, the war to end all wars.
When the First World War was declared on 4 August 1914, the most immediate military threats for Australia lay to our north, in German New Guinea and on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait.
On 9 August 1914, the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) began forming in Sydney, comprising of 1500 volunteers. In addition to these men, 1000 volunteers departed from Townsville and Cairns and comprised of North Queensland’s Kennedy Regiment and a Citizen’s Force—a group of men from North Queensland’s rifle clubs.
To commemorate this significant event, the Defending the Pacific exhibition, developed by the Queensland Government in partnership with Queensland Museum, installed an exhibition at AMNQ and temporary displays at other locations across North Queensland.
This exhibition enables visitors to gain an understanding of the contribution by North and Far North Queenslanders, through a selection of 1914 diary excerpts, images, archives and newspaper articles. Visitors will also be able to view the nominal role of the 500 who volunteered for service as part of the AN&MEF.