Railways 1914 - 1918

Make a day of it with entry to the Museum and all exhibits included in your entry ticket.

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A party of Australian Pioneers returning to their dugouts, 1918. Queensland Museum Collection.

Railways played an essential logistical part on the battle fields of Europe and the Middle East, and at home in support of a far-away conflict.

Egyptian train being used as an Australian troop transport with 22nd Battalion soldiers, c 1916. Photographer TP Bennett. Image courtesy of State Library of Victoria.

From recruitment trains that arrived at stations in country town across Australia, to the troop trains transporting soldiers and nurses to their point of departure, train-side farewells were felt in every state and territory of Australia. In the theatre of war, the hard work, stoicism and sheer courage of men operating railways in adverse conditions on the front exemplified the fighting spirit and camaraderie of Australians.

Railways 1914 – 1918 presents a thought provoking mix of personal stories, imagery and objects that explores the role of railways at home and on the front in the war to end all wars, the First World War.

A group of apprentices from the Ipswich Railway Workshops, just prior to embarkation, November 1917. Image courtesy of Hazel McDougall, held in the Queensland Museum Collection.

 Explore the Museum and activities included in your entry ticket:

  • Challenge the family with hands on Science Station exhibits
  • See parts of Queensland in miniature on the Model Railway layout
  • Take a guided tour of the active railway workshop
  • Try driving a train on a simulator

Your day out planner:

  • Check entry prices and our location
  • Plan to spend 3 hours+ to enjoy all the activities & exhibits
  • Pack a picnic & snacks to enjoy in the grounds, or buy lunch at the Cafe
  • Don’t forget the camera
  • Wear enclosed footwear if you want to go on a tour of the active railway workshops
  • Free parking

Education Kit

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Teacher Guide (911 KB) pdf document icon

This project is proudly supported by the Queensland Government. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Supported by the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund.

Event Details

29 February 2016 - 17 July 2016

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