Stories from the collection

Image from Garth Wilkinson's theatre scrapbooks UQFL389
Image from Garth Wilkinson's theatre scrapbooks UQFL389

Among the special collections of The University of Queensland are items of rarity, beauty, curiosity and cultural significance. These items connect us to our history and inspire our imagination. We are pleased to share them with you. These digitised photographs, manuscripts, architectural plans, and oral histories provide a glimpse into the troves of the Library and let you explore the the stories they tell.

Discover how the St Lucia campus has changed over the years

Experience the First World War through the eyes of a young UQ student, John Denis (Jack) Fryer, and his family.
Examine a rare diary that provides insights into the Gallipoli experience of Turkish soldier Refik Bey, and his thoughts on philosophy, language and religion.
Listen to unique, archival recordings of Indigenous languages of Queensland, from the Fryer Library's Elwyn Flint Collection.

Read more stories

The life and legacy of Professor Dorothy Hill
Discover the story of Australian geologist and palaeontologist Dorothy Hill.
The story of the Fryer Library
The University's distinguished Fryer Library has grown from humble beginnings, to become a collection of profound importance to scholars of Australian studies. Read about the significance of this library 'treasure'.
Why we cherish our Alumni Friends
Learn more about our history and the generosity of our supporters as we celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the Alumni Friends of the University of Queensland and their advocacy.