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Biographical entry Fryar, William (1828 - 1912)

25 January 1828
Wellington, Northumberland, United Kingdom
22 December 1912
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Parliamentarian, Public servant, Surveyor and Mining inspector


William Fryar like many others of the colonial era had a highly varied career. Initially he worked as a licensed surveyor in Queensland and in 1874 joined the Queensland Legislative Assembly. In 1877 he resigned and returned to surveying and also took up a directorship with the Queensland Evangelical Standard newspaper. Fryer was later appointed the first Queensland inspector of mines.



Life event - Arrived in Australia (Queensland)
1864 - 1882
Career position - Licensed Surveyor with the Queensland Lands Department (multiple non-successive posts)
1874 - 1877
Career position - Independent Member for East Moreton in the Legislative Assembly
1875 - 1876
Career position - Secretary for Public Lands
1882 - 1904
Career position - First Queensland Inspector of Mines

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Fryar, W., 'On the Mineral Resources of Kilkivan, Wide Bay, and on the Recent Discovery of Cobalt Ore in that District', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, vol. 3, Published for the Society by Warwick & Sapsford, Brisbane, 1886, pp. 129-136. Details

Online Resources

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