3T Event: remembering John Denis (Jack) Fryer

Date: Wednesday 23 August 2023
Time: 10am – 12pm
Location: Fryer Library, UQ St Lucia Cost: $15

2023 marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of John Denis (Jack) Fryer, who received a UQ in 1915, aged 19.

During his studies, Jack served in the Australian Imperial Service from 1917-19 and was badly wounded in a German attack. Returning home to continue his Honours degree in Classics, Jack later succumbed to tuberculosis and died in 1923.

As a memorial to their former member and vice-president, members of the University Dramatic Society donated £10 to establish a collection of works in Australian literature in Jack’s honour. With this collection as its foundation, the Fryer Memorial Library of Australian Literature was established in 1927.

For over 90 years, the Fryer Library has been collecting a rich store of unique cultural material. 

Join Simon Farley, Librarian at the Fryer Library, for special behind-the-scenes access to some of the Fryer Library’s most prized possessions. Attendees will enjoy the opportunity to examine and handle items in a special interactive display and have the opportunity to get up-close to rare books and original manuscripts.


Simon Farley is the Fryer Librarian at UQ’s Fryer Library and Vice-President of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand.



The Fryer Library and Alumni Friends

Alumni Friends members and volunteers have contributed to the Fryer Library in many ways over the last 50+ years – through financial contributions, the active pursuit of manuscripts, and building links with the public and potential donors. Since 1979, the UQ Alumni Book Fair® has also been a source of financial contributions and books for the Fryer Library.

To learn more about Alumni Friends, including membership and volunteering opportunities, visit the Alumni Friends website.


About Alumni events

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