Vale Dr Rod Fisher, Brisbane historian

Last month saw the passing of respected Brisbane historian Dr Rod Fisher in Brazil. Rod was a longstanding member and former president of the Brisbane History Group as well as researching and authoring a variety of publications, including Diggles down under : Brisbane via Sydney from Merseyside 1855-80 (2003); Boosting Brisbane : imprinting the colonial capital of Queensland (2009); The Best of Colonial Brisbane (2012); Queenslanders: Their Historic Timbered Homes (2016) and Bygone Brisbane: its history, your heritage (2016).

Some of the published works of Dr Rod Fisher from SLQ collection

He had a varied career, including his work as a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland, serving as an assessor for the Queensland Heritage Council, and as a consultant to a variety of community groups, including Brisbane Living Heritage Network and the Turrbal Association. Rod was a familiar face to staff at the State Library of Queensland where he was an active user of the heritage collections for his research. He leaves a significant legacy in the study and understanding of Brisbane history through his research and published works.

Two of Rod Fisher's papers for the Journal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland can be viewed online via Text Queensland  -



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Rod was instrumental in setting up the inaugural Masters in Local History course at UQ that was so beneficial for external students. We owe him an incalculable gratitude for being an integral part of this progressive initiative. Charismatic, intelligent, and creative, Rod's contribution to the History Department at UQ was significant.

I well remember Rod. He was one of the first lecturers I encountered. He was writing with on the chalkboard with his back to the class. He was wearing a tie-died orange shirt with butterfly sleeves. I admired what I assumed was the lady's long black hair and her height. "She" turned around and displayed one of the fullest black beards I had ever seen... A shock to the system for a 17 year old from a girls' school, quite a pleasant one. He was my lecturer for 2 years when I studies Tudor and Stuart Britain. Rest in peace, dear Rod. Much love and respect, Charlotte Price (Previously Gillian Faunce)

Dr. Fisher was my lecturer in Tudor and Stewart history in the late 1970's. He was a wonderful teacher with a broad and deep understanding of history and was an inspiration for me. His door was always open to help me with any difficulties I had with assignments. I am devastated to learn of his loss. I will remember him forever. Vale, Dr. Fisher.