“We would love to hear from you if you have items at home, either in pride of place or tucked away in a cupboard, that were sent home or brought back by the men and women who served in France,” said Mr Fathi, a Parisian who now lives in Brisbane.
“Memorabilia such as diaries, souvenirs and trophies collected during war service all help document the personal stories and experiences of those involved in the conflict, and paint a picture of life during the war.
“We hope to be able to provide people with any information we might have about their objects and help them better understand the stories and wider context behind them.”
A key part of the project will take place on 11 July, when French and Australian museum curators and historians will gather for a public symposium at the Queensland Museum.
The symposium will consist of two sessions; the first where academics and curators will deliver talks related to material culture of the Great War.
In the afternoon session, members of the public will take part in discussions about their objects and the context behind behind them.
“This is where those attending will hear some of the amazing stories we have uncovered during the project,” Mr Fathi said.
If you have any souvenirs and memorabilia inherited from Australian servicemen and women who served in the Great War that you’d like to share, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Media: Kristen Bastian, communications officer, UQ Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, ph +61 7 3346 1633, email@example.com