Collection UQFL19 - Percy Brier Papers

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Percy Brier Papers


  • ca. 1906-1969 (Creation)

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16 boxes, 5 parcels.

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Biographical history

Percy Brier was born on 7 June 1885 at North Pine (Petrie). Educated at Yeronga State School until 1898, attended the Brisbane Technical College at night. He was the first Queenslander to secure an overseas scholarship to the Royal College of Music and an Associateship of Organists. He established a teaching practice and was prominent as the Church Organist and Choir Master of the Baptist City Tabernacle. He was a long-term President of the Musical Association and Music Examiner. He married Eva Baynes (1881-1943) on 1 July 1915. They had two sons: Meryn Fiddimon Brier (1918-1920) and Eric Blyth Brier (1921-2002). Eric Brier married Hallett Florence Meek (1923?-2015) and they had three sons: Hugh, Richard and David. Eric Brier provided a gift to establish a prize in the memory of his father after his death on 9 May 1970.

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Collection previously titled as: Papers, c.1906 -1969
Collection alternatively titled as: Percy Brier Collection.

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Personal papers, correspondence, photographs, notebooks . Manuscripts on history of music in Queensland; church history in Brisbane, with emphasis on church choirs and liturgical music; records of Queensland musical societies. Notes on the teaching of music in Australia. Musical scores and programs. Compositions for piano, choir, violin; including full score for an opera. Memoirs. Associations: Australian Music Examination Board; Musical Association of Queensland; Guild of Australian Composers; Brisbane Musical Union.

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Unrestricted access.

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Orphan work

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  • English

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The collection was rehoused in 2014 and box numbers were reallocated. Refer to the chart at the end of the finding aid to convert old box numbers to new numbers.

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21260354 ; 63004920

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Revised, BS, 03-May-2023.
Revised, AM, 04-Mar-2020.
Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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