Diaries and journals are rarely best sellers. However, the production of beautifully designed limited print runs of scholarly editions has long attracted university presses such as Melbourne University Press. Particularly through the Miegunyah Fund, established by bequests under the wills of Sir Russell and Lady Grimwade, Melbourne University Press has found the means to share with a wider readership original diaries and journals of early Australian exploration, settlement and governance. Undoubtedly the pride of its list is Ray Parkin’s prize winning H. M. Bark Endeavour: her place in Australian History — perhaps fitting given Sir Russell’s interest in Captain James Cook. This, and its most recent diary publication, Professor Ron Ridley’s The Diary of a Vice- Chancellor: University of Melbourne 1935–1938; Raymond Priestley, are featured elsewhere in the exhibition.
A selection of Melbourne University Press’s diary and journal publications.