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Meanjin is an Australian literary journal. The name – pronounced Mee-AN-jin – is derived from an Aboriginal word for the spike of land where the city Brisbane is located.

EditorJonathan Green
PublisherMelbourne University Publishing
First issueDecember 1940 (1940-12)
Based inMelbourne

It was founded in 1940 in Brisbane, by Clem Christesen. It moved to Melbourne in 1945 and is now a subsidiary of the University of Melbourne.



Meanjin was founded in December 1940,[1] in Brisbane, by Clem Christesen.[2] It moved to Melbourne in 1945 when artist and patron Lina Bryans opened the doors of her Darebin Bridge House to the Meanjin group; Vance and Nettie Palmer, Rosa and Dolia Ribush, Jean Campbell, Laurie Thomas and Alan McCulloch. There they joined the moderates in the Contemporary Art Society (Norman Macgeorge, Clive Stephen, Isobel Tweddle and Rupert Bunny, Sybil Craig, Guelda Pyke, Elma Roach, Ola Cohn and Madge Freeman and George Bell). Bryans created a free circle, and was able to give the liberal, conservative modernist position in Melbourne a more vital character and a freer base than it would otherwise have had.[3] Meanjin Papers was published under that name until 1947, and became Meanjin from 1947 to 1960, Meanjin Quarterly from 1961 to 1976, and again is Meanjin since 1976.[4] It is now a subsidiary of the University of Melbourne, and is published by Melbourne University Publishing.

Notable contributorsEdit


Meanjin publishes

  • poetry
  • fiction
  • graphic novels
  • reflective and scholarly essays
  • memoirs
  • commentary
  • review essays
  • interviews


Fiction editorsEdit

  • Current:

Poetry editorsEdit

dates not known: Coral Hull


  1. ^ "Australian Magazines of the Twentieth Century". AustLit. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  2. ^ Laurie Clancy (2004). Culture and Customs of Australia. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 125. ISBN 978-0-313-32169-6. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  3. ^ Forwood, Gillian & Bryans, Lina, 1909–2000 (2003). Ch.3 'Darebin Bridge House and the Art Establishment 1940–1945' in Lina Bryans : rare modern, 1909–2000. Miegunyah Press, Carlton, Vic
  4. ^ Australian Poets and Their Works, by William Wilde. Oxford University Press, 1996


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