A Glimpse into their World
by Lyris Mitchell

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The restoration of Brisbane’s City Hall was not meant to be an archaeological dig. Unexpectedly, a number of artefacts of historical importance were discovered by the construction workers. In 2008, during the early stages of the renovation, a covered wall was found in the basement with the signatures of men who had enlisted into the Australian Army during World War II.

The timing of this discovery was auspicious as it was made on the eve of the 70 anniversary of World War II. Most of the men were identified and placed on the Brisbane City Council website in September 2009.

The public tours of the wall were limited owing to the ongoing renovation work, but visitors were enthusiastic about this rare find. Many of them provided information and anecdotes and asked questions about the wall and World War II generally.

This book answers most of those questions as well as providing an insight into the life and times of the men who signed the wall.


The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Councillor Graham Quirk:- "You can imagine my surprise when, in October 2008, a workman discovered pencilled names and numbers on a wall… What made it especially exciting was that it was just prior to the 70 Anniversary of World War II."


Soft cover, 271 pages, includes photographs


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