1940–1950

Welcome to the fourth instalment of '11 Decades in 11 Weeks at UQ'. In this series, Contact heads to the archives to bring you the best images from the past 110 years. This week, we look back on 1940–1950.


An image of the UQ Dental School under construction in 1940.

The UQ Dental School under construction in 1940. Image: Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection

The UQ Dental School under construction in 1940. Image: Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection

An image of the rear view of the UQ Engineering building in George Street in 1940.

The rear view of the UQ Engineering building in George Street in 1940. Image: Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection

The rear view of the UQ Engineering building in George Street in 1940. Image: Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection

An image of Two construction workers installing the cloisters on the Forgan Smith building in 1940.

Two construction workers installing the cloisters of the Forgan Smith building in 1940. Image: Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection

Two construction workers installing the cloisters of the Forgan Smith building in 1940. Image: Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection

Image of the view along the cloisters of the Forgan Smith building during construction in 1940.

A familiar view along the cloisters of the Forgan Smith building during construction in 1940. Image: Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection

A familiar view along the cloisters of the Forgan Smith building during construction in 1940. Image: Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection

An image of students outside the Catholic women's College (Duchesne College) in 1945.

Students outside the Catholic Women's College (later named Duchesne College) in 1945. Image: Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection

Students outside the Catholic Women's College (later named Duchesne College) in 1945. Image: Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection

An image of Noel McElnea in front of the Forgan Smith building in 1948.

Noel McElnea in front of the Forgan Smith building in 1948. Image: Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection

Noel McElnea in front of the Forgan Smith building in 1948. Image: Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection

An image of UQ foundation student and Associate Professor of Modern Languages Charles Schindler in 1948.

Associate Professor of Modern Languages Charles Schindler in 1948. Schindler was also a foundation UQ student. Image: Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection

Associate Professor of Modern Languages Charles Schindler in 1948. Schindler was also a foundation UQ student. Image: Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection

An image of UQ foundation student and Associate Professor of Modern Languages Charles Schindler upon retirement in 1948.

Associate Professor of Modern Languages Charles Schindler upon retirement in 1948. Image: Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection

Associate Professor of Modern Languages Charles Schindler upon retirement in 1948. Image: Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection

An image of the Main Library, which later became part of the Social Sciences and Humanities Library, in 1949.

The Main Library, which later became part of the Social Sciences and Humanities Library, in 1949. Image: Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection

The Main Library, which later became part of the Social Sciences and Humanities Library, in 1949. Image: Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection

An image of library staff, including Harrison Bryan and Nellie McIver, at the desk in the Main Library in 1949.

Library staff, including Harrison Bryan and Nellie McIver, at the desk in the Main Library in 1949. Image: Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection

Library staff, including Harrison Bryan and Nellie McIver, at the desk in the Main Library in 1949. Image: Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection

An image of a UQ degree conferral at Brisbane City Hall in 1949.

A UQ degree conferral at Brisbane City Hall in 1949. Image: Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection

A UQ degree conferral at Brisbane City Hall in 1949. Image: Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection

A UQ degree conferral at Brisbane City Hall in 1949.

Another view of the UQ degree conferral at Brisbane City Hall in 1949. Image: Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection

Another view of the UQ degree conferral at Brisbane City Hall in 1949. Image: Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection


Keep checking the Contact website next week to catch the next instalment of the '11 Decades in 11 Weeks at UQ' series, when we look back on 1950–1960.

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