Collection overview

Our photography collections, dating from the 19th and 20th centuries, provide a cultural memory of life on university campus as well as a social history of Brisbane and Queensland. Highlights include:

  • Henry Alcock collection (UQFL256). The Alcock collection consists of over 2000 glass slides. The series within the collection, called "Images of early Brisbane", includes images of buildings, landmarks and views of Brisbane, as well as the 1893 floods. Images of University of Queensland in its early years aer also featured in this collection.
  • Henry Mobsby collection (UQFL181). Queensland Government artist and photographer from 1897 to 1930, Henry William Mobsby's collection features photographs of grand agricultural displays from the early 20th century, showcasing Queensland farm produce at international exhibitions.
  • Walter Cunningham Hume albums (UQFL10). Walter Cunningham Hume, surveyor and Chief Commissioner for Lands for Queensland was also a keen amateur photographer. His photograph albums provide a social record of the middle class in colonial Queensland as he and his wife Katie travelled extensively across Australia and abroad.
  • Grahame Garner (F3400). The Grahame Garner photographs are a record of protests and marches in Brisbane in the 1960s and 1970s, a time of increased political and social activism in the community.


More of our photography collections online


The Grahame Garner collection features images from various protests in Queensland through the 1960s and 1970s.

Historical photographs from the James Cossar Smith Album feature images of life in Australia from the 1880s to 1900s.

The slide collection Images of Western Queensland F3782, depicts image rural Queensland during the 1950s.

The Magic Lantern slide collection F3786 consists of glass slides dating from 1880's. The Magic Lantern is also included in this collection.

Location and access

This collection is located at the Fryer Library. To view Fryer Library material, use the online form and plan your visit. Items in the Fryer Library may not be borrowed but are available for use in the Reading Room.