'The Mothers of Queenslanders', Rockhampton, Australia

'The Mothers of Queenslanders', Rockhampton, Australia

Mrs Grace Bromley, affectionately known as the 'Mother of Central Queensland Soldiers, founded the Soldiers' refreshment rooms in 1916 on Bolsover St, Rockhampton, Queensland. It was reported that 12,846 soldiers took advantage of the free comforts and refreshments in the twelve months to March 1918. She endeared herself to many, personally welcoming them home at the station and making them feel special; she is listed as next of kin on some enlistment papers. //// Mrs Annie Wheeler endeavoured to contact all soldiers from central Queensland, whether they were wounded, imprisoned, or in the trenches, and also made enquiries about the missing. She kept a detailed card index on them, corresponded with servicemen on the battlefield, forwarded packages and mail, provided for their needs and supervised the care and comfort of those in hospital. For soldiers on furlough, she supplemented restricted allowances and advanced funds when they experienced bureaucratic delays. To them, she became known as the 'Mother of the Queenslanders'. Families in Queensland sent letters and parcels through her: this was the only mail many diggers received. By 1918 over 2300 men were on her books. Each fortnight Mrs Wheeler sent home detailed letters which were published in the Capricornian and the Morning Bulletin.

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  • Born 1898

    Australian Imperial Force 4146

  • Profile picture for Amelia Grace Bromley

    Born 1856

    Died 1918

    Other Empire Force Worker Red Cross Society

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  • Profile picture for James Arthur Chalkley

    Born 1892

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 2000 Private 12th Brigade 47th Battalion

    Australian Imperial Force 2000 Private 11th Brigade 42nd Battalion

  • Born 1889

    Australian Imperial Force 965

  • Profile picture for Harold Walsh

    Born 1895

    Australian Imperial Force 4447 Private Australian Light Horse 11th Battalion

  • Profile picture for Noel Bromley

    Born 1893

    Australian Imperial Force 4061 Acting Corporal 7th Australian Infantry Brigade 25th Battalion

    Australian Imperial Force 4061A Private Australian Infantry 9th Battalion

  • Profile picture for Harold Owen Cook

    Born 1885

    Died 1916

    Australian Imperial Force 30 Private 7th Australian Infantry Brigade 26th Battalion

    Australian Imperial Force 30 Corporal 7th Australian Infantry Brigade 26th Battalion

  • Profile picture for Annie Margaret Wheeler

    Born 1867

    Died 1950

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