Cyril Fryar Bennett (Licensed Surveyor)
1883 - 1962
Cyril Fryar Bennett 1883 - 1962, born at Coorparoo,
youngest son of James S. Bennett secretary of the Land
Council, Department of Lands, Queensland. Grandson of Sir
William Fryar, Surveyor. Bennetts Road, Fryar Street, Ethel
Street, Cyril Street are named after the family and the
original home is still there. Obtained a senior pass and
University matriculation from Brisbane Grammar School and
as he was asthmatic his father believed a dry climate would
be beneficial and arranged for him to be articled to Staff
Surveyor/Shield in the Clermont district where he remained
for three years. Upon returning to Brisbane he obtained a
position in the Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage
Board as a cadet draftsman surveyor and studied for the
surveyors board examination which he passed with credit
and was registered as an Authorised Surveyor in 1917.
During that time he surveyed the route for the
sewerage main from Hamilton to Luggage Point
which is still operative today.
He was retrenched and with the support of a
family friend, Skipper Love of Isles Love, he was
set up with a table and chair on the first floor of
their auction room, which was located in Adelaide
Street, at the present site of Post Office Square.
His first job was a Girls Guide site at (Cleveland
Capalaba Victoria Point see modern map). He was
met at the Camp Hill tram terminus by the land
owner with horse and dray and he shared the
survey fee with his chainman.
The real work was subdividing Nestles Farms at
Toogoolawah for which Isles Love were the selling
agents and was a considerable amount of survey
work that continued for some years.
He developed a very personal survey practice due
to growing up and being educated in Brisbane and
concentrated on connections with solicitors,
architects, engineers, real estate agents, banks,
commercial and industrial land owners.
He was one of the two surveyors who survived in
practice in Brisbane through the 1929-30
depression years. At one stage he surveyed farms
at Stanthorpe, bought a home and operated two
field parties on a profit share basis.
About 1938 he surveyed the residential
resumptions for the approaches to the Story
Bridge for the Co-ordinator General. The Titles
Office did not have sufficient staff to examine and
register the plans within the prescribed time. CF
Bennett was asked to do the work, which at his
request and by special arrangement, was done at
He was the part time lecturer in surveying in the
faculty of engineering of the University of
Queensland during the time of Professor Hawkins,
Fellow of the Institution of Surveyors.
He was President of the Queensland Institution of
Surveyors from 1931 to 1939, Director and
Sergeant at Arms, Rotary Club of Brisbane for
many years and a Director of Brisbane
Crematorium Limited. Always a keen student of
literature he was an eloquent public speaker,
loved Shakespeare, Gilbert and Sullivan and
poetry. He had a gentle manner and a keen sense
of humour. A man of strong character, proud of his
profession, dedicated to a high standard, often
"speed and accuracy" ... or ... "hallmark of quality"
He was a frugal and shrewd business man and at
the same time of compassionate and generous
In 1958, he formed a partnership with
Robin Tremlett Francis.