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The Society issues a quarterly, full-colour Newsletter, with cover dates of March, June, September and December. The intention of the Newsletter is to publish a mixture of original material concerning contemporary bookplate artists, information on bookplate-related events such as auctions, sales and exhibitions, and items of historical interest. Most issues also feature a report from our trans-Tasman cousins at the Auckland Ex Libris Society. Each issue contains full-colour illustrations of bookplate designs. Members receive hard copies of the Newsletter, sometimes containing a tipped-in, original bookplate.

An Index to the first 20 issues of the Newsletter was compiled in early 2011 and published as a Supplement to the Newsletter. Complimentary copies have been sent to all subscribers and there are a number of paper copies available from the Editor for $10 each including Australia/New Zealand postage.

Newsletters (except for the most recent issue) are available as (low resolution) pdf files through the links below. Click on the active bolded Newsletter number below (eg Newsletter no. 28) to open the link.

Most back issues are out of stock, and we are offering all issues of the Newsletter in high-resolution, colour pdf files on a single CD-ROM for $25. Please contact the Editor if you would like to order one.

If you have any ideas or contributions for the Newsletter, please do not hesitate to contact the Editor, Dr Mark Ferson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or the Designer, Mary Keep at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Contributions need neither be long nor academic; anything which may be of interest to bookplate lovers, including Letters to the Editor, Book or Exhibition Reviews, or any short note, will be cheerfully and gratefully received.

Newsletter no. 32, March 2014, is currently at design stage and will be sent out in early April. Contents cover the early history of bookplate collecting in Britain; a report on activities of the Auckland Ex Libris Society for 2012 and 2013; the Australian bookplate bibliography for 2012 and 2013; and a second article in the series 'Characters in Australian bookplate history' focussing on collector and populariser Camden Morrisby.

Newsletter no. 31, December 2013, contains an important article documenting the earliest known Australian bookplate, dating from 1818; juxtaposed with articles reprinted from finebooksmagazine.com on two candidates for the first American bookplate; a bookplate making project in Maryborough, Queensland; and a report on bookplate-related activities in Canberra

Newsletter no. 30, September 2013, a bumber 10-page issue to compensate for the lack of news copy in the previous issue, included a report on the Society's sixth AGM; an article by a New Zealand collector on a fascinating Australian bookplate 'find'; a note on the Wilmar Library, Adelaide; detective work to identify after a century the designer of the David Scott Mitchell bookplate; a modern ecclesiastical bookplate; and a report on the bookplate design competition held by the University of Technology Sydney library.

Newsletter no. 29, dated July 2013, with a delayed cover date, was prepared as a Newsletter format version of the catalogue of the exhibition presented by the Society at Kogarah Library and Cultural Centre from 24 July to 11 August 2013, and opened by Pat Corrigan AM

Newsletter no. 28, March 2013

Newsletter no. 27, December 2012

Newsletter no. 26, September 2012

Newsletter no. 25, June 2012

Newsletter no. 24, March 2012

Newsletter no. 23, December 2011

Newsletter no. 22, September 2011

Newsletter Supplement, an index to the first 20 issues of the Newsletter plus a short illustrated article on 'Thematic bookplate collecting', was posted to members with Newsletter no. 21.

Newsletter no. 21, June 2011

Newsletter no. 20, March 2011

Newsletter no. 19, December 2010

Newsletter no. 18, September 2010

Newsletter no. 17, June 2010

Newsletter no. 16 , March 2010

Newsletter no. 15 , December 2009

Newsletter no. 14, September 2009

Newsletter no. 13, June 2009

Newsletter no. 12, March 2009

Newsletter no. 11, December 2008

Newsletter no. 10, September 2008

Newsletter no. 9, June 2008

Newsletter no. 8, March 2008

Newsletter no. 7, December 2007

Newsletter no. 6, September 2007

Newsletter no. 5, June 2007

Newsletter no. 4, March 2007

Newsletter no. 3, December 2006

Newsletter no. 2, September 2006

Newsletter no. 1, June 2006