Launch of the online exhibition JD Fryer: Student and soldier

Wednesday night was the launch of the JD Fryer: Student and soldier online exhibition. It was a wonderful night attended by many of the Fryer family, as well as members of UQ Friends of the Library and the University Community.  The online exhibition was launched by the University Librarian Bob Gerrity and researcher Mark Cryle spoke about his study of the John Denis Fryer Collection. Mark spoke of the importance of the letters, postcards and telegrams written home from the four Fryer brothers while serving in the First World War. The letters not only provide a rich history of the First World War, but a history of a close-knit family during this traumatic time. The brothers often wrote to their older sister Lizzie and Mark paid tribute to Lizzie by singing a song called “Dear Lizzie”.

Audience listening to a lecture
Mark Cryle speaks about JD Fryer.


Simon Farley, manager of the Fryer Library, concluded the launch by raising the importance of digitising the collection and now it is preserved in UQ eSpace and commemorated on the online exhibition. Simon invited the guests to view the display of items from the John Denis Fryer Collection. Guests were able to interact with the objects and many family members shared their stories around various artefacts. The event was proudly supported by the Queensland Government. You can view the online exhibition

people viewing archival material on tables
Guests view the display of items from the John Denis Collection.


Last updated:
5 May 2016