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Date: 1921-1922
Date: 1920
Date: 1917-1919
Date: 1917
Date: Dec 1916
Issue Details: First known date: 1916... 1916 Birth : A Little Journal of Australian Poetry
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The Melbourne Literary Club was founded in June 1916. Its object was the study of literature and the encouragement of Australian writers who were unable to find a place for their poetry in mainstream magazines. To this end, the little magazine Birth was inaugurated in December 1916.

Acting as the official organ of the Melbourne Literary Club, Birth printed the poetry of club members and other writers. Never rising above an eight-page publication, the magazine allowed little space for contributions and offered no payment. Nevertheless, a long list of writers contributed poems and reviews during the six years of the magazine's existence. The most prolific contributors were R. A. Broinowski, Bernard O'Dowd, Henry Tate, Louis Lavater, Frederick Macartney and Furnley Maurice. Other contributors included Mary Gilmore, Hugh McCrae, Mary Fullerton, Dorothea MacKellar and Vance and Nettie Palmer. In later issues, the magazine printed reviews of new books (often books written by members), details of the club's meetings and activities, and Frederick Macartney's series of essays called 'The Beginnings of Australian Poetry'.

The first issues were edited by William Mitchell and Gilbert Wallace. Bernard O'Dowd began his three-year term as editor in June 1917. O'Dowd was replaced in 1920 by Frederick Macartney, and Frank Wilmot (Furnley Maurice) edited the magazine in its final twelve months with the assistance of Louis Lavater. Throughout this period Wilmot printed the magazine free of charge on the small press he operated from his home.

When the Australian Institute of the Arts and Literature was formed in 1922 many Melbourne Literary Club members left for the newer organisation. Birth was subsequently published under the auspices of the Institute, but the magazine was unable to continue through these changes. The editors announced in November 1922 that the issue of Birth for that month would be the last.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1916

Works about this Work

y separately published work icon A Witness to History : The Life and Times of Robert Arthur Broinowski Richard Broinowski , Melbourne : Melbourne University Press , 2001 Z1089447 2001 single work biography
The Little Magazines Louis Lavater , 1949 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 8 no. 4 1949; (p. 240-241)
The Little Magazines Percival Serle , 1949 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 8 no. 4 1949; (p. 241-242)
The Little Magazines Frederick T. Macartney , 1949 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 8 no. 4 1949; (p. 242-243)
The Necessity of the Little Magazine : The Australian Scene Norman Bartlett , 1948 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 7 no. 2 1948; (p. 108-117)
y separately published work icon A Witness to History : The Life and Times of Robert Arthur Broinowski Richard Broinowski , Melbourne : Melbourne University Press , 2001 Z1089447 2001 single work biography
What 'Birth' Wants Henry Tate , 1919 single work prose
— Appears in: Birth : A Little Journal of Australian Poetry , May vol. 3 no. 30 1919; (p. 8)
Editorial Notes 1922 single work review prose
— Appears in: Birth : A Little Journal of Australian Poetry , November vol. 6 no. 72 1922; (p. 95-96)

— Review of From a City Garden Linda Phillips , 1922 selected work poetry
The Truth About Australian Poetry Nettie Palmer , 1929 single work criticism
— Appears in: Illustrated Tasmanian Mail , 16 October 1929; Nettie Palmer : Her Private Journal Fourteen Years, Poems, Reviews and Literary Essays 1988; (p. 385-388)
The Necessity of the Little Magazine : The Australian Scene Norman Bartlett , 1948 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 7 no. 2 1948; (p. 108-117)

PeriodicalNewspaper Details

Frequency:
Monthly
Range:
Vol.1, no.1, Dec. 1916 - v.6, no.72, Nov.1922
Size:
25cm, 4 pages (8 pages from Nov 1918)
Price:
threepence (Dec 1916-Oct 1921); sixpence (Nov 1921-Nov 1922)
Graphics:
The sixth volume of Birth appears in an improved form, with a cover designed by Miss Christian Yandell.
Note:
Editorial notes printed at the end of each issue discuss recent publications and literary news.
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