Copies of the catalogue (with illustrations) are
available from the Rare Books Department
An exhibition of material from the Monash University Library, Rare Book Collection
13 December 2001 to 6 May 2002
Border image taken from
Keynotes by George Egerton
This is the third “Recent Acquisitions” exhibitions we have mounted; the first was
in 1990-91, and the second in 1994. We have included material acquired since
that date which have not featured in any of our other exhibitions.
The fact that Monash University has a Rare Book Collection
adds an important dimension to the institution as a whole. The Monash Library is
widely acknowledged as a leader in providing electronic resources; the fact that
it has possibly the most dynamic Rare Book Collection in an Australian
University is also true. It is very much to the credit of the University
Librarian, Edward Lim, that he has encouraged collection development across the
entire spectrum of resources. Edward, who is retiring at the end of 2001 has
been a most important patron of our Rare Book Collection.
Although the Monash Rare Book Collection is best-known for
its Swift Collection of pre-1800 material, we collect over a broad range of
subject areas and periods. It is worth noting that when items are catalogued
onto Kinetica, the Australian national union catalogue, they often appear to be
the only copies held in the country.
We aim to cater for current teaching and research needs, while carefully developing
other areas which will become research strengths in the future.
Many of the items on display are in the collection as a result of the generosity of
our donors. In particular, Lindsay Shaw, our longest-standing major donor.
Lindsay continues to donate general Australiana and Australian children’s
books; our children’s collection is named after him. Many of his books were
shown in our “Children’s literature” exhibition.
Dr. Richard Travers is in the process of donating his collection of medical books to
Monash. Dr. Travers is the foremost collector of Australian medical material in
the country, but he also collects more generally. We have featured books from
his collection in our exhibitions of “Early medical books” and “AIDS”.
Richard was also instrumental in the AMA’s collection of Rare Books coming to
us, and the Goller Collection of AIDS books being transferred to Monash when the
Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital closed.
Lady Joyce Price has donated the collection of early Australian discovery and
exploration books put together by her husband Sir Robert Price and herself over
a lifetime. Some of the books from the Price gift have been seen in the
exhibitions, “Early images of the Australian aborigines”, and “Early
Restaurateur, and former Monash student, Alexandra Michell has continued to donate her
collection of cookery and household management books to us over a long period.
Sandy is one of our most generous donors. Many of the seventeenth and eighteenth
century volumes from her collection were seen on an exhibition of cookery books
we held in 1989, soon after that portion of her collection was acquired.
the President of the Friends of the Library has been instrumental in Monash
receiving significant donations through the estate of Theodore Alexander Scheps,
for books to be purchased in memory of Ida Scheps.
of the Monash University Library is a most important source of donations and we
thank those who year after year continue to give.
The development of the collection
also depends on a good relationship with the antiquarian book trade. The
book-dealers have large quantities of books passing through their hands and
their inside knowledge of what is coming on the market is one of the factors
which keeps Monash Rare Books in the forefront of research collections
Rare Books Librarian,
4 December 2001
LARGE UPRIGHT CASE
The pre-1800 publications form the original nucleus of the Monash Rare Book Collection. In
1962, when Monash first opened its doors, the Library purchased a collection of
late-17th, early 18th century books from the noted Swift
collector, David Woolley. Ever since we have collected in the fields of
literature, history, politics and theology, particularly in the period
- 1. Charles I 1600-1649.
- [Basilika] The workes of King Charles the martyr: with a collection
of declarations, treaties, and other papers concerning the differences betwixt
His said Majesty and his two houses of Parliament. [With the history of his
life; as also of his triall and martyrdome]
(London, Printed by James Flesher for R. Royston, bookseller to His most sacred
- 2. Keble, Samuel.
- An account of the several impressions, or editions of King Charles the martyr's most excellent book, intituled, Eik¯on Basilik¯e : that were
printed without the prayers at the end, and some with the prayers, / with a letter transcribed from the original. Written by Mr.
William Levet ... he having observed His Majesty oftentimes writing the said
book. (London, : Printed for Sam. Keble ..., 1695)
The most famous work by Charles I was Eikon Basilike.
It consists mainly of his version of events leading up to the Civil War. It is
perhaps most famous for its emblematic frontispiece, designed by William
Marshall. One of the purposes was to present King Charles the Martyr as a
Christ figure; note for example the crown of thorns.
The question of the authorship has long been debated. Did the King write it himself while in
custody awaiting his trail and execution, or did one of his courtiers write it,
and if so was it at the King’s dictation?
It is now generally acknowledged that the work was written by John Gauden, who after the
Restoration became one of Charles II’s chaplains and was made Bishop of Worcester. It appears to have been based on the King’s notes, and Charles I was
involved in correcting the manuscript for publication.
Keble’s listing of sixty-five editions
from 1648/9 to 1686 includes a statement by William Levett, Page of the
Bed-chamber to Charles I, who states that he often saw the King writing this
book, and was allowed by the King to read some of it in manuscript.
Keble undertook his listing as part of research into the presence of a “heathen” prayer taken
from Sir Philip Sydney’s Arcadia which is found among the King’s prayers in some editions of the Eikon. Keble showed that the earliest editions do not include this prayer. It has been alleged that the poet, John
Milton, an ardent supporter of the Commonwealth, had the prayer inserted in an attempt to discredit the King.
- 3. Bedloe, William, 1650-1680.
- The excommunicated prince, or, The false relique : a tragedy, as it was acted by His
Holiness's servants, being the Popish plot in a play
/ by Capt. William Bedloe. (London : Printed for Tho. Parkhurst, D. Newman, Tho.
Cockerill, and Tho. Simmons, 1679) Wing B1676
In 1992 we held an exhibition of material in the Monash Rare Book Collection
relating to the Popish Plot. We have continued to buy material in the field.
The Popish Plot was thought to be an attempt by the Jesuits to assassinate Charles
II and replace him on the throne by his Catholic brother the Duke of York (later
One of the more interesting peripheral documents was this play, supposedly written
by William Bedloe. Bedloe had worked for the Jesuits, both in England and on the
Continent. In 1679, he turned informer in an attempt to claim some of the reward
money on offer. In 1679 he published a Narrative, purporting to set out the details of the plot, but this
was exposed as a patchwork of fabrication and plagiarism. It was thought that a
group of booksellers was behind that venture.
Similarly, Bedloe’s play seems to have been a marketing ploy on the part of Messrs.
Parkhurst et al. The text is believed to have been written by Thomas Walter, then published under Bedloe’s name. The
play has no connection with the Popish plot in England, but is the story of Theimuraz, King of Georgia (1629-1634) who was excommunicated by the Pope.
- 4.Browne, Thomas, 1605-1682.
- The works of the learned Sr Thomas Brown, Kt., Doctor of Physick, late of Norwich: containing I. Enquiries into vulgar and common errors, II. Religio medici : with
annotations and observations upon it, III. Hydriotaphia; or, Urn-burial : together with The garden of Cyrus, IV. Certain miscellany tracts : with
alphabetical tables. (London : Printed for Tho. Basset, Ric. Chiswell, Tho. Sawbridge, Charles Mearn, and Charles Brome, 1686)
This volume is on display in the case in the main foyer of the Matheson Library.
This is the first collected edition of Sir Thomas Browne’s works. It features an engraved portrait of the author.
5. Wilkes, John, 1727-1797. (ed.)
- The North Briton. / edited by John Wilkes, (London : Printed for G. Kearsley, 1762-1771)
Wilkes in fact edited only nos. 1-46 (June 5,
1762- 12 Nov. 1763) Publication was interrupted by the seizure and suppression
of issue no. 45 (Apr. 23, 1763).
The North Briton was the most important political paper of its time. Wilkes was a Member of Parliament who used his weekly
newspaper, the North Briton to attack the administration of Lord Bute. Issue no. 45
was critical of the King’s speech at the opening of Parliament, and was deemed
a libel. Wilkes was imprisoned in the Tower. He was however exonerated and
became a hero of the people. “Wilkes and liberty” became the popular cry.
We have a set collected and bound at the time. Although number 45 is not included, there is a manuscript copy in a contemporary hand. In addition to this there are
several pirated issues, including a spurious number 17 which is an attack on the artist, William Hogarth, and includes a caricature of him.
After the manuscript number 45 in this set, there is bound a rare pamphlet, Magna Charta, Cap. 29 published when Wilkes was imprisoned in the Tower. It calls
for his release under Habeas Corpus.
6. Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771.
- Designs by Mr. R. Bentley, for six poems / by Mr. T. Gray.
(London: Printed for R. Dodsley, 1753)
This project was financed by the connoisseur and bibliophile, Horace Walpole. The illustrations are by Richard Bentley (1708-1782), the son of Richard Bentley the
classical scholar. The volume on display is open at the engraving for Gray’s “Ode on the death of a favourite cat, drowned in a tub of gold fishes.”
- 7. The Keepsake for ... (London : Hurst, Chance and Co., 1827-1857)
- From the 1820s to the middle of the century there was a craze for literary annuals
and gift books. These offered the reader stories, travel sketches, and poems
illustrated with steel engravings. Among the authors we find such names as
Wordsworth and Coleridge, and behind such epithets as “The author of
Waverley” and “The author of Frankenstein” lie hidden Sir Walter Scott and
We have collected a wide range of these. They were available in a variety of styles. On
display is a large-paper set of The Keepsake uniformly bound in red morocco.
8. Punch's pocket book : for ... , containing ruled pages for cash accounts
and memoranda for every day in the year; an almanack and a variety of useful
business information. (London : Punch Office).
These appeared throughout the Victorian period. They are collected for their fold-out
hand-coloured frontispieces. As well as publishing stories, poems and cartoons
from the year, they served as almanacs, diaries and account books. They were
pocket books, leather-bound, and closing with a flap.
As part of our commitment to collecting material relating to the history of the book, we acquire
representative samples of “artist’s books”.
9. Visionaire. (New York, N.Y. : Visionaire Pub., 1991- )
On display we have no. 26 of the Visionaire series of publications. These appear four times a year. Each book is designed by a
different artist or group of artists. The volume on display has as its concept “Fantasy”. It is shaped like a chocolate box, and contains circular
photographs or graphic designs by various people. Two of Mario Testino’s hommages to Edith Sitwell are included. We acquire our set through Greville Street Books
10. Erlich, Rita
- The Art of the Cake, by Rita Erlich & Mary Newsome, (Melbourne, Gallery 101, 1999)
Melbourne artist, Mary Newsome, became interested in the genre of le livre d’artiste or artist’s book, in France in 1994. The art
of the cake was an exhibition held at Gallery 101 from 10 April to 1 May 1999. In the accompanying catalogue we find this statement of intent:
Mary decided that the small French cake, long appreciated by its consumers, needed recognition anode homage as an art form, … So, with the support of the
Institut francophone de Paris, she spent some time in Paris in 1997, recording the patisseries in drawings, paintings, photographs, packaging and written
The book is in concertina form, which folds to resemble an iced millefeuille cake, encased in a gold cake box and placed in a clear carrier bag. This
packaging is intended to capture the spirit of the exquisite Parisian presentation of patisseries.
Rita Erlich, who wrote the text, is best known as the compiler with Claude Forell of The Age good food guide.
- 11. Strasser, Theo.
- The use of ashes / Theo Strasser, Peter Lyssiotis. [Melbourne] : Masterthief, 1996.
This is copy no. 3 of an edition of 5 copies. Peter Lyssiotis began as a poet, but has become
more involved in the graphic design of books. He is an accomplished surrealist
photographer, manipulating images in such works as Harmed circle, From the Secret
Life of statues and The look of love.
In this work, the text is by Theo Strasser and the graphics, most of which take the form of gouaches, are by Peter.
Private Press Books
- 12. Lindsay, Jack, 1900-1990.
- A homage to Sappho / made by Norman and Jack Lindsay. (London : Fanfrolico Press, 1928)
This is no. 21 of 70 copies. It is the finest of the Fanfrolico Press publications. Bound in vellum, it contains fifteen original etchings by Norman Lindsay.
- 13. Sparrman, Anders, 1748-1820.
- A voyage round the world with Captain James Cook in H.M.S. Resolution / by Anders Sparrman ; introduction & notes by Owen Rutter ; wood-engravings
by Peter Barker-Mill. [Resa till Goda Hoppsudden. English] (London : Golden Cockerel Press, 1944)
We hold original editions of the official accounts of Captain Cook’s three voyages of discovery in the Pacific. There were however, several other
unofficial accounts. One of these appeared for the first time in English in this Golden Cockerel Press edition.
Anders Sparrman was a Swedish botanist who sailed on Cook’s second voyage. He had trained under Linneaus, and joined the voyage to assist John Reinhold Forster
and his son George, two German naturalists.
14. Frazer, David.
- Fly me to the moon : wood engravings / written & illustrated by David Frazer. (Caulfield, Vic. : Printed by the artist at Monash
Caulfield Printmaking Studio, 1996)
This is a collection of cuts illustrating the popular song, “Fly me to the moon”. David Frazer trained at the School of Art and Design at Monash University
- 15. Jones, Tim, 1962-
- Milk wood engravings by Tim Jones : forty wood engravings inspired by Dylan Thomas, "Under milk wood", a play for
voices, 1953. (Pastoria, Vic. : On-Woods Press, 1994)
Tim Jones is also associated with the Monash Caulfield campus School of Art and Design. His book consists of wood engravings illustrating Dylan Thomas’s Under
Milk Wood in a style reminiscent of the English wood-cut artists from between the wars, whose work appears in the Golden Cockerel Press books.
- 16. Brown, Aileen.
- Eight Australian animals / by Aileen Brown. [Hawthorn East, Vic. : A. Brown, 2000]
Aileen Brown produces handmade books of coloured linocuts. Her art is in the tradition of Margaret Preston. The volume is presented, wrapped in printed cloth and tied
with decorative linen tape.
While we do not normally collect manuscripts, we do acquire items which relate directly to our significant areas of interest. We hold, for example, several
original Swift manuscripts, which have been used in the most recent edition of Swift’s letters, edited by David Woolley, the original patron of the Monash
Rare Book Collection.
- 17. [Cookery book] [manuscript] [104 leaves] ; 20 cm.
- Early 19th century English cook book containing approximately 175 recipes, hand-written in a notebook, quarter-leather bound with marbled boards. Purchased
from Michael Treloar, 31 October 1995.
It is open at recipes for “Blanche Mange”, “Common crust for fruit pies”, “Common Plumb Pudding” and “Excellent Black Ink”.
- 18. Tour from Londone [sic] to Paris : commenced Apr.16th 1829. Arrived July 25th 1829. Revised April 44
[manuscript] Caption title: Excursion with Mr. Jr. Raven. 5v.
- Manuscript account of a journey from London to Paris, via Jersey and Guernsey, in five notebooks, accompanied by a folded sheet giving miles covered on that journey
and the return trip to London.
Purchased from James Burmester 13 May 1998.
- 19. James the lonely kangaroo [manuscript] 27 p. : col. ill. ; 13 x 20 cm.
- A hand-lettered, hand-drawn and coloured children's book, circa 1940s.
- Purchased from Mick Stone, Camberwell Books, 12 June 1998.
- 20. Benjamin Bulk : his tale [manuscript] written and illustrated by Simple Simon, assisted by Mrs. Simple Simon, Mr. V.
B. Spider, and Mr. Cyril Centipede. Entirely set up and produced in the living room, Kallista, Aug.-Sept. 1944. [46 p.] : col. ill. ; 22 cm.
- Hand-lettered, hand-drawn and coloured children's book.
At head of title-page: To Lynette and Bronwyn.
Purchased from Mick Stone, Camberwell Books, 12 June 1968.
These two manuscript children’s books are by unknown authors. Both are skillfully done, Benjamin Bulk
- 21. The Age commemorative box : Sydney 2000 Olympics collector editions. [Melbourne : The Age, 2000]
- Donor: Lindsay Shaw
This is a special commemorative box containing all the issues of The Age published during the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
- 22. Box of Books
- Collection of 27 “Elsie” books, by Martha Finley.
Purchased from Nick Dawes, Grant’s Bookshop.
These children’s books from the turn of the century are displayed in the wooden box
in which they came. They were packed by a collector in 1933.
- 23. Annuals
As part of our policy to collect children’s books, we collect annuals and gift books. We have on display a sample of some of the types of annuals in the
collection. There are examples of the Boys Own and Girls Own as well as Chums and the Australian equivalent, Pals.
We see one of E. W. Cole’s annuals, Cole’s Empire Picture Annual for Little Australians. There are movie annuals, TV tie-ins,
and pop annuals. There is a left-wing annual, the Red Corner Book, meant to inculcate the children of radicals in their parent’s
politics; it appears only to have lasted one year.
Annuals as a publishing phenomenon began to fade in the 1980s. We do however have a modern example on display, Dazed Annual,
published in 2001 as a tie-in with the English magazine, Dazed & Confused. In line with modern tastes, it is not a traditional annual,
but rather a parody of the genre.
WALL CASE 1
We have a large collection of children’s books, the Lindsay Shaw Collection. Lindsay, a former member of the Education Faculty at Monash, is one of the major
benefactors of the Monash Library. He is a collector of Australian children’s books and continues to make substantial donations.
On display are some of the high-lights of the collection acquired in recent years. They are all Australian although the collection itself has a broad focus and
includes many English and American works.
- 24. G., M.
- Australia / by M. G. (London : Castell Brothers, [189-?])
An example of a chromo-lithographed shapebook, die-cut in the shape of Australia, printed in Bavaria, with rhyming verse by M. G., designed to promote travel to
Australia from England, possibly during the mid to late 1890's.
This copy formerly belonged to Robert Holden of Treasure Island Books who used it as a model for his business card.
- 25. Rentoul, Annie R. (Annie Rattray)
- Fairyland of Ida Rentoul Outhwaite / verses by Annie R. Rentoul ; stories by Grenbry Outhwaite and Annie R.
Rentoul. (London : A. & C. Black Ltd, 1931) Donated by Alexandra Michell.
- 26. Lindsay, Norman, 1879-1969.
- The magic pudding : being the adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and his friends Bill
Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff / by Norman Lindsay. (Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1918)
These are first editions of two of the key works of Australian children’s literature. Ida Rentoul Outhwaite with her atmospheric evocations of fairy land
in the Australian bush created a world of fantasy which appealed strongly to adults and children alike. Norman Lindsay’s Magic
Pudding was also a fantasy work set in the bush, but his storyline and characters were of a rather more robust type.
- 27. O'Harris, Pixie, 1903-1991.
- Marmaduke the possum / by Pixie O'Harris. (Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1950)
Pixie O’Harris was one of the many Australian children’s book illustrators to be influenced by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. This copy of Marmaduke
the possum includes a presentation inscription and a full-page ink sketch of a girl meeting two fairies in the bush.
- 28. Courtship and marriage : a fascinating game for 2, 3 or 4 players. [Sydney? : National, ca. 1900]
- We also have in the Lindsay Shaw Collection a number of early board games. This is an early Australian board game interesting for the light it throws on courtship
at the turn of the century.
The players advance from “Introduction” to “Happy wedding” landing along the way on such spots as “Already engaged, go back to introduction”, “Offend
parents, back to bachelor’s club”, followed by “Parents charmed, advance to proposal”, and “Croquet party, advance to engagement”.
WALL CASE 2
The Monash Rare Book Collection has been fortunate in acquiring two significant collections of rare medical books. One was from the AMA when they closed their
library. This is lodged at Monash on permanent loan. The other is a collection which is still in the process of being donated to us. This comes from Dr.
Richard Travers, one of the foremost collectors of medical books in Australia.
- 29. Bell, Charles, Sir, 1774-1842.
- Illustrations of the great operations of surgery : trepan, hernia, amputation, aneurism, and lithotomy
/ by Charles Bell. (London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1821).
- 30. Pancoast, Joseph, 1805-1882.
- A treatise on operative surgery : comprising a description of the various processes of the art including all the new operations. (Philadelphia : Carey and Hart, 1844)
Although most users of the medical collections in the Rare Book section are students of social history, we have ample material for those interested in such topics as
the history of surgery.
- 31. Thompson, J. Ashburton (John Ashburton), 1846-1915.
- A report to the President of the Board of Health : containing photographs of a person suffering from variola discreta, and account of the case; to which is
added a clinical report and diagnosis of the five cases with which the outbreak of small-pox of 1884-5 began / by J. Ashburton Thompson. (Sydney : Thomas Richards, Govt. Printer, 1886)
Although Dr. Travers is a collector of medical books in general, his specialization is Australian material. He was one of the editors of the Bibliography of Australian medicine and health services to 1950. (Canberra : Australian Government Publishing Service, 1988) 4 v. In fact his
collection is one of the most frequently cited locations in this comprehensive work.
The item on display was published to trace the progress of a case of smallpox in Sydney during December-January 1884-1885. The book features a series of actual
photographs of a 47 year old woman with the case notes. Unlike her mother who died soon after contracting the disease, this woman recovered.
Part of Dr. Thompson’s intention in publishing this book was to show sceptics that the disease which broke out in Sydney in August 1884 was in fact smallpox.
WALL CASE 3
Wine and cookery
We collect books and ephemera in these fields as well as material on home management and child-care. The nucleus of our collection was a series of
donations from Alexandra Michell, a restauranteur and former student at Monash.
- 32. Hardy, Thomas, 1830-1912.
- The vineyards and wine cellars of California : an essay on early California winemaking / by Thomas Hardy ; edited and with an introduction
by Thomas Pinney and a foreword by Robert Mondavi. (San Francisco : Book Club of California, 1994)
Thomas Hardy was the founder of the Hardy wine dynasty in South Australia. This book is a re-publication of chapters 1-11 of Notes
on vineyards in America and Europe, published in Adelaide in 1885. It contains an account of one of his tours to learn more about the wine industry
- 33. Kimberley cook book : "some old recipes and some new ones" / [Recipes by Marianne Yambo ... [et al. ; lino prints by Marianne Yambo ... [et al.] ;
printed and edited by Jan Palethorpe] [Western Australia] : Jan Palethorpe, [1997?]
- This is one of twenty copies of a limited edition. It presents traditional Aboriginal recipes and is illustrated with designs by Aboriginal artists.
WALL CASE 4
The Monash Library holds one of the most comprehensive collections of comics in Australia. They are predominately local, but we have a selection of overseas
material. We collect both historically and currently.
- 34. The Kookaburra. (Melbourne : M.D. Kinnear, 1932)
- This is an extremely rare Australian comic. These four issues are the only known copies. They include a strip featuring “Lucy Lubra, the artful Abo”.
Their brittle state is typical of early comics, printed on poor quality paper.
- 35. Mercier, Emile, 1901-1981.
- Sauce or mustard? / by Emile Mercier. (Sydney : Angus and Robertson, 1951)
- 36. Mercier, Emile, 1901-1981.
- Is my slip showing? / by Emile Mercier. (Sydney : Angus and Robertson, 1959)
Emile Mercier was French, born in New Caledonia. He moved to Australia in 1919, studied art at the Julian Aston Art School, and worked as a cartoonist on Smith’s Weekly, the Bulletin,
and Truth. From 1949 he worked full-time as cartoonist for the Sydney Sun.
To quote from Bonzer: Australian comics 1900s to 1990s, “Mercier’s cartoons depicted the little comedies of urban life
and were full of local slang.” (p. 122)
- 37. Tango. (Brunswick, Vic. : Cardigan Comics, 1997- )
This is a large-format comic which has very high-quality art-work and contemporary story-lines.
SMALL UPRIGHT CASE
Australian discovery and
The books in this case are from the collection of Sir Robert and Lady Price.
Their donation included First Fleet journals and most of the classics of nineteenth-century Australian exploration.
- 38. Oxley, John, 1783-1828.
- Journals of two expeditions into the interior of New South Wales, undertaken by order of the British government in the years 1817-18 / by John Oxley. (London : John Murray, 1820)
Oxley was the Surveyor-General of New South Wales. His 1817 expedition was into the country around the Macquarie and Lachlan Rivers. He found that much of the land
was swamp and much of the rest was dense scrub. He came to the conclusion that “the interior of this vast country is marsh and uninhabitable.”
His 1818 expedition was also into the area west of Bathurst. This time he found good pastoral country, the Liverpool Plains.
His account of these two expeditions is open at a portrait of
“A Native Chief of Bathurst”.
- 39. Hume, Hamilton, 1797-1873.
- A brief statement of facts in connexion with an overland expedition from Lake George to Port Phillip in 1824
/ by Hamilton Hume. 3rd ed. with addenda. [Yass, N.S.W. : J.J. Brown, 1874]
Hume had been with Oxley on one of his expeditions. In 1824 both he and W. H. Hovell were approached by Governor Brisbane to conduct an expedition to Spencer Gulf.
Government funding was inadequate however and the expedition was eventually paid for almost entirely by the men themselves. They journeyed south from the settled
districts, crossed the Murray, which they named the Hume, and reached the coast at Corio Bay, near what is now Geelong.
The book on display is part of a controversy which arose much later between the two men as to who was the leader of the expedition.
- 40. Wills, William John, 1834-1861.
- A successful exploration through the interior of Australia, from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria : from the journals and letters of William John Wills / edited by his father, William Wills. (London :
Richard Bentley, 1863)
- 41. Davis, John, fl. 1861-1862.
- Tracks of McKinlay and party across Australia / by John Davis ; edited from Mr. Davis's manuscript journal, with an introductory
view of the recent Australian explorations of McDouall Stuart, Burke and Wills, Landsborough, etc. by William Westgarth. (London : Sampson Low, Son, 1863)
Perhaps the most famous expedition was that of Burke and Wills assembled by the Royal Society of Victoria with the aim of crossing Australia from South to North. They
set out from Melbourne on 20 August 1860, and reached the Gulf of Carpentaria on 9 February 1861. However, on the return journey most members of the expedition perished.
Various relief expeditions, including that of John McKinlay, were sent to find them.
- 42. Major, Richard Henry, 1818-1891.
- On the discovery of Australia by the Portuguese in 1601 : five years before the earliest hitherto known discovery : with arguments in favour of a previous
discovery by the same nation early in the sixteenth century / by Richard H. Major in a letter to Sir Henry Ellis. In Archaelogia, Vol. 30
"Read 7th March 1861"
Major was assistant in the Department of Printed Books in the British Museum, and was made Keeper of Printed Maps and Plans in 1867. He was Secretary of the Hakluyt
Society and of the Royal Geographical Society. His researches into early maps of Java le Grande led him to believe the
Portuguese discovered the east coast of Australia before Captain Cook.
FLAT CASE 1
The History of the Book
Monash University has a long-standing teaching and research interest in the history of the book. Several Monash academics are world authorities on subjects in this
field. The Centre for the Book, in the Arts Faculty, is active in the History of the Book in Australia Project.
- 43. Bernard, Auguste, 1811-1868.
- Geofroy Tory, painter and engraver, first royal printer, reformer of orthography and typography under François I: an account of his life and works / by Auguste Bernard ; translated by George B. Ives.
(Cambridge, Mass. : Riverside Press, 1909)
Geofroy Tory was one of the most innovative printers in early sixteenth-century France. He is famous for his device, the pot cassè.
The volume on display however, features another device, that of the eminent twentieth-century type designer, Bruce Rogers. This is a book designed by him
and printed at the Riverside Press.
- 44. Matrix : a review for printers and bibliophiles. (Andoversford, Gloucestershire : Whittington Press, 1981- )
- Matrix is the foremost modern typographical and bibliophilic journal. It is something of a cross between the Fleuron and the
Penrose Annual, with lots of fold out specimen pages, paper-samples and beautiful examples of graphic design. The main
focus however is on the articles, which deal with printing and publishing.
- 45. Woolnough, C. W. (Charles W.)
- A pretty mysterious art : a lecture / by C.W. Woolnough to the Royal Society of Arts, introduced by Barry McKay,
& new marbled samples by Ann Muir. (Huddersfield, [England] : Fleece Press, 1996)
We collect in the field of the book-arts. Marbling is one of the most attractive and “mysterious” aspects of book decoration. Charles Woolnough was an
English marbler who published a manual on The Art of Marbling (1853). This was unusual because the art had generally been
a closely guarded secret.
FLAT CASE 2
Fortune-telling and the Occult
We collect extensively in the fields of witchcraft, spiritualism, magic and divination.
- 46. Jacquin, Noel, 1893-1974.
[Palmistry work-book] [manuscript] / Noel
This is Jacquin’s record of the palms he inspected during the 1930s. It includes over 100 photographs and palm-prints, many accompanied by manuscript
interpretations. Also included are a number of copies of letters from Jacquin giving explanations of particular palm-prints.
Jacquin was a palmist who worked in London. He was one of the first to attempt to put the art of palmistry onto a scientific basis. He believed the lines of the palm,
the shape of the hands and the texture of the skin all gave clues to personality, including any criminal tendencies. He worked as a forensic
consultant for Scotland Yard, giving his opinion on finger and palm-prints.
FLAT CASE 3
- 47. Bowles, Robin.
- Justice denied : an investigation into the death of Jaidyn Leskie/ Robin Bowles. (Sydney : Pan Macmillan, 1999)
The book is accompanied by an extensive collection of cuttings and related ephemera concerning this case.
On the evening of Saturday 14th June, or the morning of Sunday 15th June 1997, Jaidyn Leskie a one year old toddler from Moe disappeared from the house of Greg Domasczewicz.
Greg had been looking after Jaidyn while the baby’s mother Bilynda was at a hotel in nearby Traralgon.
Jaidyn’s body was found in Blue Rock Dam on New Year’s Day 1998 by a group of picnickers, Sir John Yocklunn, the Chief Librarian of Monash University Library,
Gippsland campus, his wife, their son and grandchildren.
Greg Domasczewicz was tried for the murder, but acquitted.
In Victoria, the case was a phenomenon comparable to the Tichborne affair of the 19th century, or the Azaria Chamberlain case of the 1970s. Everyone had an opinion,
and the media constantly fed the public’s interest with stories on the colourful local personalities involved.
FLAT CASE 4
The Spanish Civil War
We collect pamphlets and ephemera, particularly those of a political nature.
The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) began when the Nationalists, conservative elements in Spain, rose in revolt against the left-wing Republican government. The
Nationalists had help from Mussolini and Hitler. Both left-wing and right-wing idealists from around the world flocked to Spain to fight. The left-wing
International Brigades were recruited, organized, and directed by the Comintern (Communist International) and included many well-known artists and writers.
Gradually the Nationalists under General Franco defeated the Republicans, capturing Madrid on 28 March 1939. The Republicans fled to France where they set up a government
- 48. Browne, Felicia, 1904?-1936.
- Twenty drawings by Felicia Browne : killed in defence of the Spanish republic. (London : Lawrence & Wishart, 1936)
This copy contains a manuscript poem, beginning, “I think continually of those who were truly great”, inscribed on the inside of the back cover and on the back
cover with the signature of Stephen Spender.
- 49. 30 caricaturas de la guerra. [Barcelona?] : Ministerio de Propaganda, [1938?]
- In a country with the tradition of Goya, caricaturas de la guerra were seen as powerful tools of propaganda. These were published by the Republicans.
- 50. Spain: the Spanish people present their case : Australian nurses' response, with special article by Nettie Palmer.
(Camberwell, Vic. : Spanish Relief Committee, 1936)
- Australia was one of the countries from which young people left to join the International Brigade. The Melbourne writers Nettie and Vance Palmer were active in promoting
the cause. Their daughter, Aileen, was one of the women who served.
- 51. Goebbels, Joseph, 1897-1945.
- The truth about Spain : speech delivered at the National Socialist Party Congress, Nürnberg, 1937
/ by Joseph Goebbels. (Berlin : M. Müller, [1937?])
The Germans were eager to help the Nationalists for ideological reasons, and also to allow their troops to gain experience of battle and to test their tanks and
planes in combat.
The Nazi Propaganda Minister, Joseph Goebbels here presents the right-wing case. He opens his speech with a quotation from Die
Rundschau, a radical German newspaper, “Spain represents the world at the cross-roads”. Goebbels presents the choice of the way forward in these terms,
Here the final decision must lie either with Bolshevism or the principle of authority. On the one hand stands ruinous anarchy and, on the other, orderly
constructive development. (p. 3)
The pernicious effects of the Comintern, and of the world-wide Jewish conspiracy are put forward as the sinister influences behind the Spanish Republican movement.
- 52. Programme of the new Spain : The 26 points of Falange Española Tradicionalista y de las J.O.N.S. (London : F.G.
Sturrup, Jan. 1938)
- This was a publication by the Falangists or, the Falange Española Tradicionalista y de las Juntas Ofensivas Nacional-Sindicalistas, the group, which under Franco,
took control of Spain after the Civil War.
Their programme of a “National Syndicalist State” was akin to Mussolini’s Fascist policies in Italy.
FLAT CASE 5
Aborigines and anthropology
- 53. Mathew, John, 1849-1929.
- Eaglehawk and crow : a study of the Australian Aborigines including an inquiry into their origin and a survey of Australian languages / by John Mathew. (London : David Nutt ; Melbourne : Melville, Mullen and Slade,
We collect comprehensively material on the Australian aborigines. This includes both modern and historical works. Mathew’s book is one of the key
nineteenth-century texts. John Mathew began his ethnographical research into the tribes around the Burnett River in Queensland and continued his studies in Victoria.
- 54. Prichard, James Cowles, 1786-1848.
- Researches into the physical history of mankind / by James Cowles Prichard. [3rd ed.] (London : Houlston and Stoneman,
[1836-1847]) 5 v.
Prichard was a medical doctor who published widely on such topics as insanity, but he is best remembered as one of the founders of the science of ethnology. His Researches
into the physical history of mankind first appeared in one volume in 1813 and grew to five volumes in the later editions.
From his comparative studies into the different races he concluded that “all mankind are descended from the one family.” This was ground-breaking in terms
of Western scientific attitudes to negroes and other natives.
FLAT CASE 6
- 55. Park, Mungo, 1771-1806.
- The journal of a mission to the interior of Africa, in the year 1805. : Together with other documents, official and private, relating to the same mission. To
which is prefixed an account of the life of Mr. Park. (London : J. Murray, 1815)
We collect travel accounts and have built up in the past few years significant holdings of travel books on Europe and Asia. We are, however, interested in all
travel literature and the volume on display is a first edition of one of the classic early travel accounts in Africa.
Mungo Park is best-remembered for his explorations of the Niger River, but his first venture, in 1792, was to Sumatra. He was even considered for the post of
Surveyor in New South Wales.
Park undertook two expeditions to Africa to determine the source of the Niger the first in 1795-97, the second in 1805. On the second of these he perished.
The materials for this volume were brought out of Africa by Isaago, Park’s Mandingo guide. They consist of Park’s account of his journey up to 16th
November 1805 when he set sail in a home-made “schooner” along the Niger from Sego towards Timbuctoo, Isaaco’s account, and the details given by Amadi
Fatouma of Park’s death at the hands of the natives upstream from Timbuctoo. The whole is prefixed with a biographical sketch by E. Wishaw, Director of the
FLAT CASE 7
- 56. Locus solus. [Lans-en-Vercours (Isère), France : Locus Solus Press], 1961-1962. 5 vols. in 4.
- This was an experimental literature magazine published by Harry Matthews in France in the early sixties. There were guest editors of each volume, James Schuyler, vol.
1; Kenneth Koch, vol. 2; John Ashbery, vols. 3-4; and James Schuyler and Michael Benedikt, vol. 5. Many of the avant-garde American writers were living in France
at that time.
- 57. Vexin, Noel.
- Murder in Montmartre. Translated from French by Jonas Berry [i.e. John Ashbery] and Lawrence G.
Blochman. (New York : Dell, 1960) Translation of Champagne obligatoire.
- 58. Manceron, Genevieve.
- The deadlier sex. Translated by Jonas Berry [i.e. John Ashbery], and Lawrence G. Blochman. (New York : Dell, 1961) Translation of La
biche. [Copy signed by John Ashbery.]
In the late 1950s John Ashbery, often regarded as the most accomplished modern American poet, was staying at the Paris house of Harry Matthews, experimental
novelist and editor of Locus Solus. He was working on the poems for The Tennis Court Oath, in particular the long poem, “Europe”. This includes
material from William Le Queux’s World War I spy novel, Beryl of the biplane. He was also plundering detective fiction for other poems
being written at the time. To earn money he translated two French detective novels, as Jonas Berry, a pseudonym derived from the French pronunciation of his
- 59. Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997.
Reality sandwiches, 1953-60. New ed. (San Francisco] City Lights Books 1970, c1966)
Allen Ginsberg toured Australia in 1971. This is a copy of one of his characteristic, small quarto, City Lights books. It was given to Brian Moore, an Australian who
played guitar with Ginsberg on that tour, and includes an ink-sketch of three intertwined fishes with Ginsberg’s explanation of the eastern religious
symbolism, and his signature.
- 60. Plath, Sylvia, 1932-1963.
- Lyonnesse: poems. (London, Rainbow Press, 1971)
This was one of the volumes of verse published posthumously from Sylvia Plath’s manuscripts by her husband, Ted Hughes.
FLAT CASE 8
English literature is one of the main fields in which we collect. The items on display represent a few of the areas upon which we have concentrated recently.
- 61. Donne, John, 1572-1631.
- The courtier's library, or, Catalogus librorum aulicorum incomparabilium et non
vendibilium / by John Donne ; edited by Evelyn Mary Simpson, with a translation. [Catalogus librorum aulicorum. English & Latin.] (London
: Nonesuch Press, 1930)
Donated by Ian Laurenson.
This is a little-known work of Donne’s here seen in its first English translation. It is an imaginary catalogue of fictitious book-titles. Originally written
between 1603-1611 in Latin, it circulated only in manuscript. Donne’s aim in writing it was to satirize contemporaries such as Bacon.
- 62. Richard Bentley and Son.
- A list of the principal publications issued from New Burlington Street (London : R. Bentley, 1893-1923) 66 v.
This is one of a set of only fifty published. It covers the period 1829-1894, listing each edition of all the major works issued by Bentley. The “Prefatory note”
to the 1829 volume begins:
It is proposed to print, for private use, the present manuscript record of publications to better ensure its preservation and to render it more convenient
It gives much anecdotal detail concerning the authors and their works as well as a great deal of information concerning the publication, e.g. print-runs etc.
The 1829 issue also includes an essay, “What is an edition?” which sets out how that term and many others were defined by the publishing house.
- 63. Egerton, George, 1859-1945.
- Keynotes / by George Egerton. (London : Elkin Mathews and John Lane ; Boston : Roberts Brothers, 1893)
“George Egerton” was the pseudonym of Mary Chavelita Bright, born Chavelita Dunne, in Australia in 1859. She travelled abroad, living in Norway with Henry Higginson,
a married clergyman. After Higginson’s death in 1889 she returned to England and married George Egerton Clairmonte, taking his first two names as her peudonym.
Her first book, Keynotes, was a collection of stories written from the point of view of an "emancipated" woman,
in the tradition of Ibsen's A Doll's House.
It has a cover and title-page designed by Aubrey Beardsley and was a succes de scandale. There was speculation as to the identity of this new writer and
she became a member of the “Yellow Book” circle.
- 64. A comedy in spasms / by Iota. (London : Hutchinson, [ca. 1895])
- “Iota” was the pseudonym of Kathleen Mannington Caffyn. She was born in Ireland, but came to Australia with her husband, a doctor. She lived in Sydney and Melbourne
in the 1880s, then returned to England, where she began a career as a novelist. A Comedy in Spasms begins with a family living on a station in Victoria, then,
after the death of the woman’s husband, the action moves to England. Iota’s novels were successful, partly because of the frank treatment of her
characters’ sexual feelings.
The tall format of this novel is typical of a vogue among publishers during the 1890s, reflected in such series as the “Pseudonym Library”, which included
many prominent writers such as W. B. Yeats, publishing fiction under pen-names. A Comedy in Spasms forms part of the “Zeit-Geist Library”.
- 65. Field, Michael.
- Noontide branches, a small sylvan drama interspersed with songs and invocations by Michael Field [Oxford, Printed by H. Daniel,
“Michael Field” was the pseudonym of Katherine Bradley (1846-1914) and her niece, Edith Cooper (1862-1913)
They published verse and plays under their joint pseudonym from 1884 until 1914; and there have been various posthumous publications. Their plays were mostly closet
dramas, although one, A question of memory, was performed in London in 1893.
Their works were both tragedies and pastorals, evocative of the Greek classics.
The volume on display has the added interest of being a production of the Daniel Press at Oxford.
- 66. Gascoyne, David, 1916-
- Poems : 1937-1942 / David Gascoyne, with drawings by Graham Sutherland. (London : PL Editions, 1943)
David Gascoyne was the foremost English Surrealist during the 1930s he published his first volume of verse, Roman Balcony and
Other Poems, in 1932, and a novel, Opening Day, in 1933. He wrote the first study of Surrealism by an Englishman, A
Short Survey of Surrealism (1935) and in 1936 he was one of the organisers of the London International Surrealist
FLAT CASE 9
We collect Australian literature comprehensively. On display are a few items which have a particular interest. One has never been published, one circulated only in
duplicated typescript and the other two were banned.
- 67. Lindsay, Philip, 1906-1958.
- The mangle : a novel [typescript] / by Philip Lindsay. 
This is the typescript of an unpublished novel set in contemporary Sydney (i.e. 1920s), with characters based on people from the literary set of the time.
Also on display is a three page manuscript letter from Philip Lindsay to his father, Norman, concerning the novel.
- 68. Harcourt, J. M. (John Mewton), 1902-1971.
- Upsurge : a novel / by J.M. Harcourt. (London : John Long Limited, 1934)
John Harcourt was a Perth journalist. His intention was to produce a socialist-realist novel describing the effects of the depression in Western
Australia. The book describes strikes and life in relief camps. Contemporary reviewers noted the “Communist agitators, crude caricatures of magistrates and
business magnates”, and the police, who “are made to behave like a lot of Bashi-Bazooks.”
However, the reviewers seemed more interested in the descriptions of “petting parties”. Another reviewer wrote that Harcourt “has taken the misguidedly
bold course of giving his story an overpowering taint of the sexual.” The same reviewer shrewdly noted,
The sort of stuff in Upsurge may have provided excitement of some sort to the author in the writing of it: it may provide excitement for some of his readers – those
who carry prohibited Parisian picture-cards in their pocket wallets and scribble on walls.
Communist writer and fellow-West Australian Katherine Susannah Prichard, proclaimed Upsurge Australia’s first truly proletarian novel.
The book had been published in March 1934. It had provoked controversy, both for its sexual content and for its advocacy of worker revolution. In July 1934, the book
was seized by Perth detectives. It was also seized in Sydney. This led to its banning federally on 20 November 1934 on grounds of indecency. There was much
speculation in left-wing circles that the radical political agenda was the real reason for its prosecution.
- 69. Hope, A. D. (Alec Derwent), 1907-
- Dunciad minimus : an heroick poem / by A.D. Hope; Profusely annotated by A.A.P. and A.P.. (Melbourne : [the
From the collection of Professor Jean P. Whyte.
The critic and essayist A. A. Phillips encouraged Hope to circulate this satirical poem as a roneoed typescript, it having previously been seen only by Hope’s
immediate circle in manuscript. It appeared much later as Dunciad minor : an heroick poem, published in 1970 by Melbourne University Press, in
an expanded form.
Phillips is in fact the butt of the poem’s satire. It was written in response to the critic having stated on a radio programme that Pope’s Dunciad
was one classic work he would like to burn.
- 70. Close, Robert S. (Robert Shaw), 1903-
- Love me sailor / by Robert S. Close ; with decorations by Geoffrey C. Ingleton. (Melbourne : Georgian House, 1945)
Robert Close had spent six years as a crew member on a sailing ship. This gave him the material for this, his first novel, and its successor, The
His reputation will always stand on Love me Sailor, however. The narrative takes place on a ship where the sole female
passenger becomes the focus of extreme sexual tensions among the crew. It was an immediate success; the first edition sold-out in a month, but the work was then
banned as an “obscene libel”. Close and his publishers had to stand trial. Close was sentenced to three months gaol and fined £100. The gaol term was
later quashed on appeal, but the fine increased to £150. The novel’s publisher, Georgian House was fined £500, reduced on appeal to £300.
FLAT CASE 10
We collect material which throws light on the role of women in society both in Australia and overseas.
- 71. Englishwoman's domestic magazine : an illustrated journal combining practical information, instruction, and amusement.
(London : Ward, Lock & Tyler, 1852-1879)
- This is a typical women’s magazine from the Victorian era. On display is the volume for 1877, open at one of the coloured fashion plates, showing “Theatre
toilettes”. Also in this volume we find the fashions for the races, for visiting, and bridal fashions.
Apart from fashions, there are articles on “The house, how to build, choose and furnish”, “Mistress and maid”, this was a series which gave advice on how
to deal with each of the servants, and another series, “Woman’s world of thought”, which begins with the topic, “Outward and inward vulgarity”.
- 72. Benham, Agnes Nesbit.
- Love's way to perfect humanhood / by Agnes Nesbit Benham. (Adelaide : The Century, [1904?]) From the Travers
Agnes Benham believed in the power of love in creating equality between the sexes, but warns against the unhealthy tendency of some men to put their wives on a
pedestal. She has advanced views on divorce, believing that it should be easier of access; and on unmarried mothers, criticising the Church for encouraging the
victimisation of these women and their children.
Her deliberate use of “humanhood” as a word inclusive of both “manhood” and “womanhood” foreshadows modern efforts to revise terminology.
- 73. MacFadden, Bernarr, 1868-1955.
- Womanhood and marriage : fifty-three lessons in sex hygiene exclusively for women / by Bernarr Macfadden. (New York : Macfadden
Bernarr MacFadden was an American physical culturist who was extremely popular in the first half of the twentieth-century. He had an unhappy family background. His
father was a violent drunkard and his mother suffered from tuberculosis. They divorced, and both died before the boy was eleven.
He held strong opinions, believing fitness and hygiene were the keys to health. He condemned corsets, coffee, tea, liquor, and tobacco.
Although an ardent champion of sexual vigour, he was considerate of women and their needs. In Womanhood and marriage he
A word of suggestion might be spoken here to the average young woman to avoid the man who is over-developed sexually, and who, therefore, will be likely to make
too great demands upon his wife. The man of self-control, who shows consideration for those about him, can generally be trusted to exercise these
same qualities in the intimate relationship of marriage. (p. 111)
He was married four times himself. The family in the frontispiece shows his third wife, Mary. He met her while on a lecture tour of Britain in 1912-13. She was
the winner of a contest he conducted to find “the most perfect specimen of English womanhood.” They were married in 1913.
- 74. Advice of a hundred doctors on tight-lacing / edited by E.W. Cole. (Melbourne : Cole's Book Arcade, [189-])
- Like MacFadden, E. W. Cole campaigned against corsets. This publication gathers material supporting his views, mainly on the grounds of the anatomical damage
- 75. Arnold, Mary.
Let's drive better than men / by Mary Arnold. [Melbourne?] : Vacuum Oil, [1932?]
The question of the skills of lady drivers is still a topic for debate. This book begins with a page of quotes from a motoring paper dated January 1904, which
were, on the whole, favourable to female drivers. Mary Arnold however, saw as her brief to update the image and encourage women to enjoy their motoring
without feeling intimidated.
She introduces herself, in terms which give us a clear idea of the way in which women used their cars in 1932,
I’m not a professional. I haven’t broken a speed record. I’m just the wife who meets the husband at the station, and does all the shopping trips for the
family, and takes the children to school, and who naturally (because I’m supposed to have plenty of spare time!) sees to it that the car has a supply of
motor spirit, oil and water, and that there is sufficient air in the tyres. You see, I’m very much like yourself. (p. 4)
FLAT CASE 11
- 76. The Cantrills
- For the past few years we have been buying material from Arthur and Corinne Cantrill. They have been prominent avant-garde movie makers in Australia since
the late 1950s. They are perhaps best-known for their journal of experimental cinema, Cantrill’s Film Notes.
The Cantrills have lived in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne as well as overseas. They are well-connected in literary and artistic circles, particularly in Melbourne.
We have been buying material from their extensive collections amassed over a life-time.
The items on display are indicative of our recent acquisitions from them. We see some of the hand-painted signs which they used in the early 1970s to advertise
their experimental cinema showings in Melbourne. These were often accompanied by performances of poetry by Garrie Hutchinson.
Also on display is a copy of a hand-produced ‘zine, Archduke, by the performance poet, Jas, A. Duke, and a letter to the Cantrills from Duke.
The letter is composed in different coloured inks, as is the ‘zine. We also see a poem and accompanying page of graphics by the Melbourne writer, James
As Monash only began in 1962, it has been necessary to collect some important magazines retrospectively. We have on display examples of three titles of which
we now have substantial runs.
- 77. The Saturday Evening Post, (Philadelphia, Curtis Publishing Co., 1839- )
- We hold a set from 1952-1966. This covers the classic fifties era with the Norman Rockwell covers.
- 78. The Australian women's weekly, (Sydney : (Australian Consolidated Press, 1933- )
We hold a set from 1937 to the 1980s.
- 79. Woman’s Day, (Melbourne : Herald and Weekly Times, 1949- )
- Our holdings range from 1949 to 1977.
These are all mainstream magazines, and reflect popular culture in the United States and Australia. They are essential primary source documents for studying the
roles of the sexes, and attitudes to the issues of the day, as well as the advertising strategies used.
We also collect magazines such as Adam, Parade, Picture Post, Pix, People, Everybody’s, Weekend, and Man.
We have on display three magazines which feature Susan Peacock (now Susan Renouf). The issue of the Women’s Weekly for
3 December 1969 has her on the cover and has a spread on her wardrobe. She was married to Andrew Peacock, the 30 year old Minister for the Army in the Gorton
government. The article gives details of how the couple met and their involvement in Liberal Party politics. Susan was the daughter of John Rossiter,
the Minister for Labor and Industry in the Victorian Parliament.
The next issue is the Woman’s Day of 2 November 1970. This features the controversial double-page advertisement for
Sheridan sheets. Susan is shown sitting on a chair in the couple’s bedroom, with the headline, “Mrs. Andrew Peacock is wife to Australia’s youngest
Federal Minister and one of the most vital women on the Australian scene. She chose to decorate her bedroom around Sheridan Printed sheets.” Susan had not
informed Andrew of the fact that she was appearing in the advertisement and he felt it was inappropriate for a Minister’s wife. He tendered his resignation
but Gorton laughed at him and refused to accept it. The general feeling, both in the Party and in the community at large was that Peacock had reacted foolishly.
He had shown an unexpected tendency to be pompous, and to self-destruct.
Susan appeared in her tennis outfit on the cover of the Women’s Weekly of 1 January 1975. The story centred on her challenge match with
former US tennis star, Bobby Riggs. At the time Riggs was 57 and Susan 32. Riggs was making much of his challenges to the top Women players of the time. He had
beaten Margaret Court, but had been soundly beaten by Billie Jean King. The match with Susan Peacock took place on Centre Court at Kooyong on 4 January. It
was declared a tie at 3 all.
- 80. Newton, Helmut, 1920-
- Helmut Newton / edited by June Newton ; cover design by Angelika
Taschen. "Sumo" edition. (Koln: Taschen, 1999)
This is a collected edition of Helmut Newton’s portrait photographs. It was published in an “elephant folio” sized volume, on its own metal stand.
The screens feature colour reproductions of covers of pulp fiction titles in the collection.
We collect widely in this area. On display are examples from the fields of lesbian fiction from the fifties and sixties, and detective fiction from the thirties
Also on display on the screens are posters from some of our previous exhibitions.
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