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Born: Established: 1872 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
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Collins Australia was an imprint of Collins (William Collins), founded in Glasgow.

William Collins was one of the first British publishers to move into the Australian market. During the years of the gold rush in the mid-nineteenth century, Collins was represented by agents Bright Bros. of Sydney. In 1872, John McLeod arrived in Sydney and set up the firm's first office. Under McLeod, and later Thomas Walker, the company developed a thriving business, initially in the supply of bibles and school books. In 1874, Collins published A Geography of Australia, the first book designed specifically for the Australian market. The first book to be wholly typeset and printed in Australia by Collins was Eleanor Dark's The Timeless Land (1939). Books published by the Australian Collins were marketed world-wide.

Collins's Australian managers included W. L. Cunningham (1881-1887), George Brown (1887-1895), W. Angus Stewart (1895-1911), R. E. Jones (1911-1916), Harold Dixon (1916-1924), Alec C. Glen (1924-1946), F. O. (Freddie) Howe (1946-1961) and Ken Wilder (1961-1985 ). In 1881, William Collins, the third chairman of the company, visited Australia, beginning a tradition that continued throughout the life of the firm. During the 1970s, Sir William Collins encouraged emerging Australian authors such as George Johnston.

Collins's children's literature imprints include Armada Lions, and their Australian children's list was accelerated in 1972 with the appointment of Anne Bower Ingram as its children's editor. Fontana is the adult paperback imprint of Collins and a new paperback imprint, Imprint, developed by Tom Thompson, was announced in March 1988.

In 1989 Collins became wholly owned by News Corporation and was renamed HarperCollins Publishers: an amalgamation of Harper & Row, Collins Australia, and Angus & Robertson.

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