Ypres and the Queensland Press [Blog post]

Kerby, Martin (2019) Ypres and the Queensland Press [Blog post]. State Library of Queensland Blog: Queensland's World War 1 Centenary, 27 March 2019.

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Abstract

The photographs taken by Frank Hurley of the shattered landscape during the latter part of the Third Battle of Ypres (31 July-10 November 1917) are the Western Front for many Australians. It is ‘as if the soldiers were doomed, in a parody of the Flying Dutchman, to continue to fight their hopeless battles in the mud of Flanders for ever’.1 Yet despite the continued impact of Hurley’s images and the fact that twenty percent of all Australian deaths in war occurred in 1917, the battles of 1917 occupy a ‘strangely ambiguous’ place in the collective memory.2 Passchendaele, as the battle became known, occurred during a period in which Australian politics was conducted in a bitter and divisive atmosphere. In particular, Queensland was a deeply polarised society3 derided as the ‘arch-home of everything anti-Empire and anti-Australian’ (National Leader, 1919).


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This blog is part of Dr Martin Kerby's State Library of Queensland Fellowship (QANZAC100).
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood (1 July 2013 - 30 June 2019)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood (1 July 2013 - 30 June 2019)
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2019 00:21
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2019 00:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: First World War, press, Queensland, Ypres
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36706

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