Dip into history with UQ Library on Historypin

If you’re interested in historical images, be sure to explore our collections in Historypin. We’ve searched our UQ eSpace repository for content and put together four collections so far.

Images for you to share

There are lots of images you can share and re-pin because the copyright has expired or they are re-useable under a Creative Commons license. Have some fun!

What is Historypin? 

Historypin is a digital archive, created by users who can upload their location-based content such as photographs, video and audio recordings and then ‘pin’ them on a map.

Historypin also offers an over lay feature – so you can overlay historical-themed items onto a current Google map and create a ‘before and after’ image.

Historypin overlay example. City Hall & Soldiers Memorial, Toowoomba on the Historypin collection Vintage QLD: Images from UQ Library

Our collections on Historypin

JD Fryer: Student and Soldier

Items in this collection are from the John Denis Fryer Collection (UQFL23, Fryer Library). John Denis (Jack) Fryer was a student at UQ in 1915, who enlisted in the First World War. He died shortly after the war. Our Fryer Library is named in his honour. This collection includes documents of Jack’s experience during the war. These items also feature on our online exhibition JD Fryer: Student and soldier.

Portrait of John Denis Fryer UQFL23, featured in the Historypin collection JD Fryer: Student and soldier

Vintage QLD: Images from UQ Library 

Images in this collection reflect Queensland history and daily life. This collection documents family memories and the growth of Queensland, and represent its people, places and landmarks. We will be adding more images to this collection – watch this space!

Vintage QLD: Images from UQ Library, Historypin collection

Images of Western Queensland, 1954-1955

This collection consists of digitised slides donated to the Fryer Library by Geoffrey Luck.  He worked for the ABC as Regional Journalist at Longreach in Western Queensland from 1953 to 1955. The Images of Western Queensland Collection (F3782, Fryer Library) features of Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Barcaldine, Longreach, Stonehenge, Ilfracombe, Boulia and Cramsie. The slides were deemed to be ‘at risk’ because of their age and original format, so we digitised them to preserve and protect the images.

Loading mail bags for Brisbane into T AA DC3, Longreach from the Images of Western Queensland F3782

Buildings of UQ

Images in this collection show buildings at The University of Queensland from the 1950s, and come from the FW Robinson Collection (UQFL5, Fryer Collection).  FW Robinson, affectionately known as Doc Robbie, was a lecturer in English and German at UQ and the founder of the Fryer Library. He was also a key player in submitting ideas towards the design of the UQ St Lucia campus. These images document the expansion of the campus following the Second World War, when enrolments at the University increased.

Geology Building, Great Court, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, UQFL5

 Why not visit our Historypin page today and explore, use, share and re-pin some of these wonderful images?  

Last updated:
2 December 2016