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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, 3 (1886), 129-136. Details


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