Free event
Friday 3 May
Time: 6–7pm

Location: UQ Centre, St Lucia campus

Since its inception in the 1920s when the first volumes on Australian literature were collected by Dr Frederick Robinson in memory of John Denis Fryer, the Fryer Library has grown into a treasure-trove of national significance. Included in its holdings are books, papers, architectural plans, photographs, recordings, artworks and precious historical objects acquired through generous supporters including the Friends of Fryer Library and the Alumni Friends Society.  

Hear from Simon Farley, Fryer Librarian, about a selection of treasures held in the Fryer Library including beautiful, rare books and the manuscript papers of great Australian writers including David Malouf, Peter Carey, Thea Astley, and Oodgeroo Noonuccal.  

Recent rare book acquisitions, along with the University's Book of Student Benefactors, designed by Eirene Mort, will be made available for viewing in the Fryer Library's FW Robinson Reading Room (Duhig Building, level 4) from 4–5:30pm prior to the lecture.

The Fryer Library and Alumni Friends

This event is offered in conjunction with the Alumni Friends UQ Alumni Book Fair
. Alumni Friends Society 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.


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