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Carl Friedrich Gauss, Recherches Arithmetique

It appeared just another day of book-sorting when one of our dedicated volunteers came across a rare treasure. At the bottom of a cardboard box, cast aside and forgotten, was a first edition copy of Carl Friedrich Gauss’ Recherches Arithmetiques. For those of us less mathematically minded, this name may mean nothing. Any keen mathematician, Read more about Carl Friedrich Gauss, Recherches Arithmetique[…]

The UQ Alumni Book Fair® and Rare Book Auction is approaching fast…

The Rare Book Auction will take place on the 3rd of May at the Fryer Library, UQ St Lucia, kicking off at 6pm. It will be an exciting evening where guests can bid for over 140 lots of exceptional books, including six lots of especially rare and prized pieces. The UQ Alumni Book Fair® begins Read more about The UQ Alumni Book Fair® and Rare Book Auction is approaching fast…[…]

Nostalgia Through the Pages of a Book

Amongst the dusty books and volatile tape dispensers that seem to have a mind of their own, there is more than meets the eye at the UQ Alumni Friends Bookhouse. At the heart of the not-for-profit organisation is the diverse and generous community of volunteers, who not only work tirelessly towards every Fair, but are also willing to Read more about Nostalgia Through the Pages of a Book[…]

Looking Forward to the 2019 Rare Book Auction

It’s great to be on a countdown to the 2019 Rare Book Auction, to be held on the opening day of the UQ Alumni Book Fair® on 3rd May 2019. The 2017 Rare Book Auction was the first book auction I have ever attended. And it certainly won’t be the last. I can’t wait until Read more about Looking Forward to the 2019 Rare Book Auction[…]

The Great Alone Review by Eva Turek-Jewkes

The Great Alone (Kristin Hannah, St Martin’s Press, $29.99pb, ISBN 9781447286004, January 2018) Hannah Kent is master in depicting heroines who withstand incredible adversity to become ultimately victorious in the game of life – the happy ever after. It is unfortunate that Hannah’s flair falters as she smothers her story line with questionable circumstances and Read more about The Great Alone Review by Eva Turek-Jewkes[…]

Fryer Library Memories, by Peter Hadgraft

My wife Lana and I were recently invited to a morning tea at Fryer, where we and other visitors swapped stories. Simon Farley showed us a book, in French, “A Supplement to Bougainville’s Voyage” (Supplément au voyage de Bougainville), a translation of an unofficial published account of the voyage of the Endeavour, attributed to English midshipman Read more about Fryer Library Memories, by Peter Hadgraft[…]

Friends Unite to Support UQ Fryer Library Teaching Space

Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Inc. have donated $50,000 to launch the fundraising for the creation of a dedicated teaching space within the Fryer Library at the University’s St Lucia Campus. The University of Queensland’s Fryer Library intends to transform part of its reading room into a teaching space that will allow for Read more about Friends Unite to Support UQ Fryer Library Teaching Space[…]