Banned Books in Australia A Special Collections-Art in the Library Exhibition

John Hill, Lucina sine concubitu

In 1935, Customs officials at Fremantle impounded a copy of this book along with two other volumes on sexual anthropology. The addressee, Perth teacher A.F. Nadebaum, wrote to Customs explaining that he needed the books for his postgraduate research in sociology and literature. It took three months for his letter to reach the Censorship Board, which by then had made its decision: it passed Lucina sine concubitu, a literary curiosity first published in 1750, but banned the other two works. One censor described the books as luxuriously produced volumes designed to ‘cater for the pornographic minded’.

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