Waratah & Thistle: Angus & Robertson Symposium

Past Event

Monday, 10 April 2017 - 8:30am to 5pm

Angus and Robertson played a pivotal role in the history of publishing in Australia and the Library is the custodian of their extensive archive. These records remain the single most valuable resource for the study of Australian writing and publishing.

David Angus and George Robertson, who started publishing in 1888 at their Sydney-based offices, developed a successful company which championed Australian writers alongside established international authors.

This forum brings together contemporary researchers working on various aspects of Australian literature, publishing history, print culture and the digital humanities.

Includes lunch.

Time Program
8.30 am – 9 am Registration
9 am – 9.15 am Welcome to Country
9.15 am – 10 am Opening remarks followed by Revealing the Records: A&R in the Library with Ann Peck
10 am – 10.30 am Lines of Enquiry with Neil James
10.30 am – 11 am Morning tea (self-catered)
11 am – 11.30 am Henry Lawson’s Anzac Boots with Dr Chris Lee
11.30 am – 12 noon Zora Cross with Cathy Perkins
12 noon – 12.30 pm Beatrice Davis with Jacqueline Kent
12.30 pm – 1 pm Sir Frank Packer’s Bid for A&R with Craig Munro and Bridget Griffen-Foley
1 pm – 2 pm Lunch
2 pm – 2.30 pm Publisher with a Cause with Jason Ensor
2.30 pm – 3 pm ARCHivER Project with Helen Bones
3 pm – 3.30 pm Afternoon tea (self-catered)
3.30 pm – 4.30 pm Panel discussion chaired by Rachel Franks
4.30 pm – 5 pm Closing remarks and Thanks


A full program of talks and speakers information can be downloaded here: PDF iconangus_robertson_program.pdf

Presented in association with the Western Sydney University.

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