Joe Tilson Lang collection


Accession number
Significant collection relating to Joe Tilson Lang and his service in both World Wars. It includes correspondence, medals, scrapbooks, photographs and photograph albums and a souvenir dagger.
Scope and content

Collection of documents, photographs and other items illustrating the life of Joe Tilson Lang, O.B.E. who served during the First and Second World Wars, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. The collection also includes items relating to his elder brother Captain William Lang, 6th Light Horse Regiment Machine Gun Section, who died of wounds August 1915 after being mortally wounded at Gallipoli.

4 boxes of papers and photographs
Administrative / Biographical history

Between the wars, Joe Lang was employed as an engineer, most particularly as the Field Superintendent of Steel Construction, for the Story Bridge, Brisbane. In November 1939 Joe Lang re-enlisted and was posted as Captain to the 2/1st Army Field Workshop, Melbourne for several months before being promoted to Major and being transferred to the 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion. He sailed for the Middle East in May 1941, where he was badly wounded a month later in the left arm and thigh. He was repatriated to Australia and took up several posts before being promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and took on the job of reforming the 2/2 Pioneer Battalion, most of who had been taken prisoners of war by the Japanese, in February 1942.

Conditions of use
You are free to use for personal research and study. For other uses see
Preferred citation
31630, Joe Tilson Lang collection, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland