Vale Grahame Garner 1928-2015

Fryer Library acknowledges with sadness the passing of labour movement radical and community activist, Grahame Garner. A lifelong campaigner for peace and socialism, Grahame was also an exceptionally talented photographer who used his skills behind the lens to document street protests and May Day processions in Brisbane during the 1960s and 70s.

His photographs of the early 1960s peace marches, May Day and the anti-Vietnam war protests in Brisbane are widely acknowledged as the most important visual record we have of these events. Grahame was very much the participant-photographer, sometimes clashing with police who did not want their actions recorded on film.

In 1969 he was both an organiser and the photographer of Brisbane's last tram ride, creating a fascinating set of images to mark the passing of the city's iconic tram network. Over 900 of Grahame's photographs have found a permanent home in Fryer Library (F3400) and many are available online through the library catalogue.

Fryer Library extends its condolences to Grahame's family and friends.

View a short documentary film the Camera of Grahame Garner about Graham and his photography, produced by John Jiggens.


—Dr Jeff Rickertt

Last updated:
30 November 2016