Melbourne has a long history of banning books (both Australian and imported; past and modern) that reflects the transience of social norms and community values.
The exhibition highlighted the complexity of the state’s role in policing the boundaries of acceptable and unacceptable publications and how Australian publishers have deliberately challenged the authorities. The exhibition incorporated books from the University of Melbourne collections and private collections as well as artists' representations of this theme.
This exhibition coincided with the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand’s Annual Conference for 2010 titled ‘To Deprave and Corrupt: Forbidden, Hidden and Censored Texts’ held at the State Library of Victoria.
In conjunction with the exhibition there was a free public forum on the topic of censorship in Australia on Thursday 12 August at 5:30 in the Leigh Scott Room, first floor, Baillieu Library.
The forum was chaired by its convenor Associate Professor David Bennett. The forum was free and all were welcome.
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