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A Nation's Imagination: Australia’s Copyright Records, 1854–1968


Appendix 1 – Bibliography

Copyright Law

The following list is a small selection of the many texts available about this topic. A search through major library catalogues for material related to copyright will also locate many monographs, bulletins and discussion papers on the subject.

Lahore, J, Intellectual Property Law in Australia: Copyright, Butterworths, Sydney, 1977.

Lahore, J, and Griffith, P C B, Copyright and the Arts in Australia, Melbourne University Press, Clayton, Victoria, 1974.

Ricketson, S, The Law of Intellectual Property: Copyright, Designs and Confidential Information, (second edition), LBC Information Services, Pyrmont, 1999.

Australian theatre and film

This small list contains only books and does not address the many articles that can be found in periodicals, journals and magazines of interest to arts historians and researchers with a general interest in these areas. Please note that a comprehensive series of articles on the Australian film industry was written by Chris Long and published in Cinema Papers over several years in the mid-1990s.

Arrow, Michelle, Upstaged: Australian Women Dramatists in the Limelight at Last, Currency Press, Sydney, 2002.

Brisbane, Katherine (ed.), Entertaining Australia: The Performing Arts as Cultural History, Currency Press, Sydney, 1991.

Callaway, Anita, Visual Ephemera: Theatrical Art in Nineteenth-Century Australia, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 2000.

Hughes, Robert, The Art of Australia, rev. edn, Penguin Books Ltd, Harmondsworth UK, 1970.

Long, Joan, The Pictures That Moved: A Picture History of the Australian Cinema, 1896–1929, Hutchison of Australia, Richmond, Vic, 1982.

Molloy, Bruce, Before the Interval: Australian Mythology and Feature Films, 1930–60, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 1990.

Myers, David, Bleeding Battlers from Ironbark: Australian Myths in Fiction and Film: 1890s–1980s, new edn, University of Central Queensland, Rockhampton, 1992.

Parsons, Philip (ed.), Companion to Theatre in Australia, Currency Press, Paddington, 1995.

Reade, Eric, History and Heartburn: The Saga of Australian Film, 1896–1978, Harper and Rowe, Sydney, 1979.

––, Australian Silent Films: A Pictorial History of Silent Films from 1896 to 1929, Lansdowne, Melbourne, 1970

Shirley, Graham and Adams, Brian, Australian Cinema: The First Eighty Years, 2nd edn, Currency Press, Paddington, 1989.

Tulloch, John, Legends on the Screen: The Narrative Film in Australia, 1919–29, Currency Press Woollahra, 1981.

Williams, Margaret, Australia on the Popular Stage, 1829–1929: An Historical Entertainment in Six Acts, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1983.

There are excellent collections of ephemera and theatrical and music items held throughout the country in national, State and Territory libraries where catalogues can be searched online, as well as collections within universities (eg the Dennis Wolanski Library, at the University of New South Wales).


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