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Series ID20749
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TitleWar Telegrams
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Start Date Circa 1/1/1914
End Date Circa 12/12/1915
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Date Notes Three telegrams in the series are not dated so have been given a circa date of 1914 to the date of the last telegram. As these telegrams are addressed to the Governor it is most likely they are before Sir William MacGregors retirement in July of 1914.

Telegrams to the Governor of Queensland with updates of the progression of the First World War 1914-1918

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910Office of the Governor of Queensland 1/1/1914 12/12/1915
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Office of the Governor of Queensland
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This series consists of telegrams delivered to Government House in Brisbane, Queensland by the Postmaster Generals Department. There are 108 telegrams and 5 memorandum that make corrections to previous telegrams received. They vary in length but each provides an update to the Governor of Queensland from the Prime Minister stationed in Melbourne at the time. Initially the telegrams are signed off 'Andrew Fisher' but then the code name 'Glyptica' was adopted. There are three telegrams which are addressed to the Governor, and from October the telegrams are always addressed to the Lieutenant Governor who was The Honourable Sir Arthur Morgan. From July 1914, Sir Arthur Morgan was appointed as the Lieutenant Governor after Sir William MacGregor retired from the position. A lieutenant Governor was a temporary position and was appointed to carry out the role of the Governor until the next Governor was sworn in.
The telegrams consist of updates on the progress of the First World War overseas and provide information on particular battles, areas of progress, enemy losses and prisoners. It covers not only the European battle but also conflict in North Africa. Most reports include an update from the British, French and Russian Governments. There are also mentions of the Dardanelles campaign which was a precursor to the Gallipoli campaign.

Telegrams are described individually but are not transcribed in their entirety but are summarised to give an overview.
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Queensland State Archives Series ID 20749, War Telegrams
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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