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Publisher Hilary McPhee, editor of celebrated film-maker Tim Burstall’s diaries, explores the impetus to diarise and the appeal of diaries as windows to the past. Burstall’s diaries in particular paint a stark portrait of the language of sex and gender conventions in 1950s Australia, an area of study close to McPhee’s heart. Join us for an investigation of a unique and fascinating snapshot of the life of one of Australia’s true bohemians, in the hands of a master researcher.



Hilary McPhee

Hilary McPhee was a founding director of McPhee Gribble Publishers and a Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts, the inaugural Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and a founding director of New


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