Library assistant seeks city’s untold stories of war

WAR STORIES: Sarah-Jane Steer at the QAnzac 100 Heritage Leaders Workshop.
WAR STORIES: Sarah-Jane Steer at the QAnzac 100 Heritage Leaders Workshop. Leif Ekstrom

WITH Anzac Day fast approaching, a local First World War enthusiast has been busy working on ways to preserve Gladstone's war stories for future generations.

Sarah-Jane Steer returned from the State Library of Queensland's QAnzac 100 Heritage Leaders Workshop on Sunday.

The event brought together a network of people to generate ideas on how to commemorate the war over the next four years.

An important part of the week-long workshop was to brainstorm ways of telling untold stories so the memory of the ANZAC can live on.

These include the stories of nurses and indigenous soldiers, whose experiences may not have been passed down but can be pieced together from photos and documents.

"The untold stories of mothers (whose) sons never came home - we want to capture the emotions of these stories because that kind of grief transcends time," Miss Steer said.

Now that she is back in Gladstone, the library assistant is keen to dig up the past and find those stories buried within the community.

"I'd also love for this to be a community project... to see opportunities for people to share stories of soldiers in their family's past," Miss Steer said.

"We have a lot of resources on local history in the museum and gallery and the library.

"I'm looking forward to looking through it all to find Gladstone's untold stories."



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