Long history of giving recorded at UQ

The University of Queensland Book of Student Benefactors was on display at the Celebration of Giving at Customs House last month.
The book is housed in the University of Queensland Archives and records financial donations received from students from 1925 through to 1959, then from 1966 to 1983. The book has wooden covers of maple, pages of Australian parchment, kangaroo skins for the binding and was designed and illuminated by Eirene Mort and Nora Watson in 1927.

UQ Archivist Bruce Ibsen says the book was created following suggestions in the University Magazine in 1921 and Galmahra in 1925, to encourage student benefactions to the University. 

UQ Archivist Bruce Ibsen with the Book of Student Benefactions at the Celebration of Giving.

These suggestions were encouraged by Dr. Frederick W. Robinson, a lecturer in Modern Languages, and a proposal was developed to ensure student benefactions became a permanent tradition of University life.  Dr. Robinson, or ‘Doc Robbie' as he was affectionately known, was instrumental in the creation of the Fryer Library. The Fryer Library is named in honour of John [Jack] Denis, a gifted student who died of injuries sustained in World War I.
Upon commencement the plan was enthusiastically embraced by a graduate, Ena D Eden, an undergraduate, Harold John James Sparks, and an ad eundem gradum graduate Dr James Vincent Duhig, who collectively made the first three donations amounting to £5.20 shillings.
UQ graduate Margaret Prentice attended the Celebration of Giving and enjoyed having a look at the Book of Student Benefactors.


Margaret Prentice (left) with other guests looking at the Book of Student Benefactors.


“I was impressed by the book and I thought it was very beautiful,” Ms Prentice said.
“I thought the Celebration of Giving was a brilliant night, very warm and friendly.”
“I enjoyed hearing from the different speakers, especially Brianna Beckett-Casson, the Young Achiever Scholar and mentor, that she had been given such a wonderful opportunity,” she said.



The book has been digitised and is available online.  




Last updated:
11 July 2016