Family History at UQ

Do you have a family member who studied at UQ?

You might be surprised to discover that we have resources to help you find out more about your family’s UQ experience - especially if they were involved in life on campus such as being a member of a UQ club or society or wrote for the student magazine Galmahra.

Fryer Library's collections include the publications and records of University colleges, associations, and societies ; material such as photographs, reminiscences of staff and students.  Also, official publications including University calendars, handbooks, gazettes, and magazines and histories of the University:

  • University of Queensland History Collection (UQFL458) contains reports, minutes, correspondence, plans, newspaper cuttings and other records relating to the history of the University of Queensland, its colleges clubs and staff association.
  • Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection (UQFL466) is a collection of more than 1000 photographs relating to UQ. From the original UQ site at George Street to the current St Lucia campus, this collection documents the history of UQ. Some of the photographs have been digitised and made available online in UQ eSpace.
  • Memoir and photographs, [ca.1908]-[1968] (F130) by Hilda Brotherton, who was a student at UQ Women's College and one of the first graduates of University of Queensland in 1915.
  • The Oral history interviews collected by Dr. J.R. Cole for 75th anniversary history project were conducted between 1979 to 1983 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the foundation of UQ. Some three dozen tape recordings were made of interviews with former staff and students of the University. Listen to the interviews on UQ eSpace.
  • Student newspapers Queensland University Magazine (later Galmahra) and Semper Floreat are available online in UQ eSpace.
Galmahra kept track of alumni whereabouts and successes. This example is from the 1932 second term issue.

Publications about UQ’s history might give you general information about the years your ancestor attended UQ:

View more images of student activities including  sporting teams, college group photos, life on campus, student excursions, early graduations and alumni celebrations online on UQ eSpace.

Album page of University of Queensland students on biology excursion in the 1920s from an album once belonging to Gwendolyn Edith Millicent Risson (née Spurgin).

In 2016 the UQ Medical School celebrated its 80th anniversary. In conjunction with the School, UQ Library digitised the School’s history from the Marks-Hirschfeld Museum of Medical History collection, which is available on UQ eSpace. You can search and browse for University of Queensland history resources.

The University of Queensland Archives also holds records, photographic collections and various university related publications.

The Fryer Library welcomes researchers and members of the community to view historical collections in the Fryer Library's FW Robinson Reading Room.

Last updated:
25 September 2020