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. Each year we 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. The Index to issues 21-40 was published as a second Supplement in September 2016. Supplement no. 3 was composed of the Index to issues 41-60 and published in July 2021. Complimentary copies of each Index are sent to financial members; paper copies are available from the Editor for $10 each including Australia/New Zealand postage, or the set of three for $20.

We have begun a series of supplements on the previously unknown or little-known bookplates of Australian artists and designers. The first of these was The bookplates of Graham Cox, issued in 2021 as supplement no. 4 (see below for further details). Supplement no. 5 is currently at the design stage, and its subject will be revealed later in 2023.

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 or the Designer, Mary Keep at 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. 67, December 2022, was posted out in January 2023. It features an article by Jürgen Wegner on Edwards & Shaw as bookplate printers, a review by Dr Gael Phillips of an article on bookplates in a recent issue of the English magazine Country Life, and an article by heraldic authority Stephen Szabo on the armorial bookplate of Trevor & Mary Thomas.

Newsletter no. 66, September 2022, leads with Juanita Hattersley's article on James Mullins who was the father of John Lane Mullins, sometimes referred to as the 'father of Australian bookplates';

Newsletter no. 65, June 2022, starts with a profile of Victorian bookplate designer Rhyll Plant, and also covers a review by Dr Gael Phillips of The rise of the book-plate, a key American publication from 1901, and records the Bibliography compiled bythe Editor of bookplate works published in Australia in 2021.

Newsletter no. 64, March 2022, provides the President's report for the two pandemic years 2020 and 2021, the Auckland Ex Libris Society's 2021 report by Ian Thwaites, 'The bookplate art of DI Mitrokhin, 1921' by Jürgen Wegner, a note to mark Dianne Longley's winning of the Australian Bookplate Design Award 2021, and Bryan Welch on the bookplates of four great English actors.

Newsletter no. 63, December 2021, leads with 'Italian bookplates in the collection of the State Library of Victoria, by Christine Bell; other articles include "Petr Herel and his bookplates' by Jürgen Wegner, 'Phonoplates' by our UK member Bryan Welch, and a note by esteemed provenance authority David Pearson about the earliest English bookplate.

Newsletter no. 62, September 2021, features an article by Richard King on the linocut bookplates of Frank Marjason, the Editor's short essay on 'Some contributions of women to bookplates in Australia'; and two articles on unusual English bookplates by regular correspondents Michael Taffe (Ballarat) and Bryan Welch (London).

Supplement no. 4, The bookplates of Graham Cox, in A5 format of 20pp with 10 illustrations, was posted to all members as a gift from the Society. Copies are still available and may be ordered from the Editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at a cost of $20 including Australian/NZ postage.

Supplement no. 3, Index to issues 41-60, was sent out to members in July together with Newsletter no. 61.

Newsletter no. 61, June 2021, describes 'Two marine medallion bookplates'; a new, attractive rubber stamp bookplate by Aaron Reardon for Richard Heathcote; reports on the Society's May 'Show & tell' in Sydney and provides the 2020 bookplate bibliography.

Newsletter no. 60, March 2020, opens with an overview of the history of bookplates in Poland, and includes a report on the linocut bookplate design course conducted in Sydney by artist-member Brigitta Summers, the 'Auckland report', and notes on 'Two Soviet era books of miniature bookplates' and 'Ex libris George Edward Farnhill'.

Newsletter no. 59, December 2020, features a summary of the life and bookplates of George Lane Mullins, a designer profile on Victorian artist Dianne Longley, 'Some more bookplates in books', and 'Bookplates with a small b'.

Newsletter no. 58, September 2020, includes a report on the conservation of the Eirene Mort Bookplate Collection, the 2019 Australian bookplate bibliography, an article on the bookplate collections of the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, notes from London on some good examples of the value of keeping bookplates in their books, and regrettably, death notices of three of the Society's long-standing members.

Newsletter no. 57, June 2020, opens with an article revealing the historical find by Jürgen Wegner of the bookplate used in 1809 to mark books donated to the Port Jackson Lending Library; other articles include the first bookplate by the 8-year-old son of our London member Bryan Welch; and reports of the Society's virtual Thirteenth AGM, of the Auckland Ex Libris Society's bookplate activities, and of the recent auction which included bookplates belonging to Olympic swimmer, printer and collector FCV Lane.

Newsletter no. 56, March 2020, features a short memoir by the late Janet Robinson about her involvement with bookplates, written when Janet was a Society member, a reprint from the State Library of NSW magazine of an article about lending libraries and their bookplates, based on the Jeff Bidgood collection; also Jürgen Wegner's story about the bookplate which once adorned books in the AGL staff library.

Newsletter no. 55, December 2019, includes the story of the bookplate of Fleur Tully, of ‘Terachy’ Station, Qld; the Auckland Ex Libris Society report for 2019; a description of the bookplate collection at Federation University, Ballarat; Dr Peter Sheridan's bookplate; and a bookplate find in street library, among other notes and happenings.

Newsletter no. 54, September 2019, features 'The John Lane Bequest and Reynolds Stone bookplate'; the bookplate for Anne Tully, of ‘Terachy’ Station, via Quilpie, Qld; ex-Libris by stained glass artist Jean Orval; and the bookplate bibliography for 2018.

Newsletter no. 53, June 2019, opens with a discussion of bookplates featuring portraits of Johannes Gutenberg; bookplates of Fannie and De Burgh Persse of Wyambyn Station, Qld; the movement in Australian cricket bookplates; the President's report for 2018; and the report of Sydney Rare Book Auctions for 6 April 2019 (when a large bookplate collection fell under the hammer).

Newsletter no. 52, March 2019, features Dianne Longley's guide on printing bookplates from photopolymer plates, an article by the Editor on appropriation of old bookplate designs for new owners, the story of the bookplate for Colours of a life: the life and times of Douglas MacDiarmid, and the obituary for Ian Stubbin, librarian, book collector and man of culture.

Newsletter no. 51, December 2018: Andrew Peake's report on the 37th FISAE Congress, Prague; highlights of the Society's 11th Annual General Meeting; and a report from a bookplate workshop held at Carriageworks as part of the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair.

Newsletter no. 50, September 2018, by way of celebrating the 50th issue, prints articles on the various contributions to the Society of Jeff Bidgood, Elisabeth Bastian and Mary Keep; Bronwyn Vost describes the exciting donation of the Eirene Mort Bookplate Collection to the Society by the artist's family; Auckland member Ian Thwaites highlights the significant bookplate collection of David Graham.

Newsletter no. 49, June 2018, features advice by Debra Parry on 'Bookplate preservation', a review by Jürgen Wegner of a recent German book on books and bookplates of the First World War, and Andrew Peake's obituary for fellow South Australian book and bookplate collector Glen Ralph.

Newsletter no. 48, March 2018, records the donation of the bookplate collection of John N Rogers to the Society, brings readers' attention to the Australian Society of Miniature Arts (some of whose members have designed bookplates), discusses Canadian bookplates, and provides notice of an exhibition of Adrian Feint bookplates at Adelaide's Carrick Hill complex.

Newsletter no. 47, December 2017, features 'A wedding in bookplates' in which Bronwyn Vost lists those present at her parents' wedding and their Eirene Mort-designed bookplates; contributions by Jürgen Wegner and Michael Taffe, and a note by Neil Wynes Morse which largely clears up the mystery of the origin of the unsigned bookplate of George Ernest 'Chinese' Morrison.

Newsletter no. 46, September 2017, gives a report on the Society's Tenth AGM, and articles by Marie Larsen on provenance in rare books at the University of Adelaide Library and by Christine Bell on joining the Netherlands Bookplate Society.

Newsletter no. 45, June 2017, includes an article by Monica Oppen about discovery of family bookplates, a report on the Society's May 2017 'Show and tell', and some notes of recent exhibitions featuring bookplates.

Newsletter no. 44, March 2017, contains an overview of bookplates as a design exercise in the teaching of art, a Bibliography of bookplate related works published in Australia during 2016 and two fascinating articles on bookplate stories pertaining to cricket and War service.

Newsletter no. 43, December 2016 highlights the Society's Bookplate Design Award 2016 and shows images of some winning and short-listed bookplates

Newsletter Supplement 2, the Index to Newsletters 21-40 was posted to members with Newsletter no. 42

Newsletter no. 42, September 2016

Newsletter no. 41, June 2016

Newsletter no. 40, March 2016

Newsletter no. 39, December 2015

Newsletter no. 38, September 2015

Newsletter no. 37, June 2015

Newsletter no. 36, March 2015

Newsletter no. 35, December 2014

Newsletter no. 34, September 2014

Newsletter no. 33, June 2014

Newsletter no. 32, March 2014

Newsletter no. 31, December 2013

Newsletter no. 30, September 2013

Newsletter no. 29, July 2013

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