Wildlife Queensland intern Freya Thornton receives Holly Bryant Award 

Holly Bryant Award 2024

26 February 2024 

Wildlife Queensland proudly announces Freya Thornton as the recipient of the Society’s Holly Bryant Award. The accolade holds special significance as it honours both the memory of a cherished colleague and the commitment of emerging conservationists. 

Freya Thornton, currently studying in Sweden, was surprised and delighted to receive the news. 

“I feel very honoured to be chosen to represent Holly’s memory and have helped continue her legacy. I have taken away so much from my time in the office, and to know the effort I put in was more than satisfactory makes me happy and proud,” said Freya Thornton.

Commemorating Holly Bryant’s legacy 

After the Society’s former Projects Manager, Holly Bryant, passed away, the Bryant family and friends created the Holly Bryant Award in her memory with Wildlife Queensland support. This award is given to one of the Society’s placement students as a recognition of their contribution.  

Wildlife Queensland highly appreciates students’ input and gains valuable outcomes from their placement projects. Sometimes, these projects help formulate the council’s position on environmental issues and suggest actions for the betterment of our wildlife and its habitat. 

Some students who work with Wildlife Queensland as placement students later return as regular volunteers, demonstrating their ongoing commitment to their projects, Wildlife Queensland, and the conservation of Australian wildlife. 

Freya Thorton: A worthy recipient 

“Choosing the student to receive the Holly Bryant Award is always a tough decision, and 2023 was no different,” said Wildlife Queensland’s Policies and Campaigns Manager, Des Boyland.


“Two of the students prepared high-quality directional papers on emerging conservation topics in Queensland. After considering the overall benefits to Wildlife Queensland from the students’ time with Wildlife Queensland, Freya Thornton was rightfully chosen.”

We wish Freya all the best for her future. 

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