Meanjin (Brisbane Years)

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Name: Meanjin (Brisbane Years)

Group: Cultural Community of Education

Type: Institutional Location

Years at Location: 1942-1945

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James Vincent Duhig and Clem Christensen established Meanjin Papers in 1942-1943. The cultural affair did stay long in Brisbane. It moved to Melbourne in 1945 when artist and patron Lina Bryans opened the doors of her Darebin Bridge House to the Meanjin group. Bryans created a free circle, and was able to give the liberal, conservative modernist position in Melbourne. It connected Queensland literary figures, such as Vance and Nettie Palmer, Judith Wright, to the national scene.

Impact on Brisbane Society

Further research is underway.


Buckridge, Patrick; McKay, Belinda. By the Book: a Literary History of Queensland, University of Queensland Press, St. Lucia, Qld, 2007.

Fitzgerald, Ross; Megarrity, Lyndon; Symons, David. Made in Queensland : a New History, Special Q150 commemorative edition, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, Qld, 2009.

Hatherell, William J. The Third Metropolis: Imagining Brisbane through Art and Literature, 1940-1970,University of Queensland Press, St. Lucia, Qld, 2007.

Strahan, Lyn. Just City and The Mirrors: Meanjin Quarterly and the Intellectual Front, 1940–1965, 1985.

Lee, Jenny; Mead, Philip and Murnane, Gerald. The Temperament of Generations: Fifty Years of Meanjin.

Image Citations

The first edition of Meanjin. Meanjin, 1940. The Conversation Website []

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