Meanjin in Archives and Special Collections

Cover art from early editions of Meanjin. Archives and Special Collections, The University of Melbourne

Online and ground floor, Baillieu Library

Meanjin emerged in a time of war. It started small, hailing from Brisbane, promoting Queensland writers, but its first editor, Clem Christesen always had bolder plans. Within a few years, the content had broadened to include writers from all over Australia, and by 1945 the journal had moved headquarters to Melbourne. Under the somewhat strained auspices of Melbourne University, Meanjin flourished. A quarterly journal that leaned to the left, it would attract an equal quotient of high level of intellectual input and establishment crack-down.

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Image: Cover art from early editions of Meanjin. Archives and Special Collections, The University of Melbourne