Born: Established: 2 Aug 1931 Toowoomba ;
Maureen Freer has lived and worked in Brisbane since 1950. Raised on her parents' farm, a Darling Downs property selected by her grandfather B.F. Evans in the 1890s, she was educated at Koorongarra State School (which meant a 7 miles' trip daily on horseback from age 5 to 13), then at St. Saviours College, Toowoomba, and at the University of Queensland, from which she graduated in Arts in 1954, the year of her marriage. In the late 1950s she and her husband Gerard founded a family food manufacturing business in Brisbane. They have five daughters and a son.
Freer has written poems, three plays, and works of non-fiction, and has edited several collections. She was involved in organising the Brisbane Warana Writers Festival and has written about it. Freer received the Warana Poetry Prize in 1968 and 1969, and the Jean Trundle Award in 1977, for a play performed in Brisbane Arts Theatre. She lives in Brisbane.