Explore Books Banned in Australia During 20th Century at North Lakes Library

When it came to reading material, Australia was one of the strictest censors in the world during the 20th century. Some books that were widely read across other continents were banned here. The books, however, remained in the keeping of different libraries across Australia up until this day.

Some collections are still banned, whilst others were previously prohibited but are now available for public consumption. There are also libraries across the country which still have restricted sections and where limited access are strictly reinforced.

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This period of Australian book history will be discussed during a free session at the North Lakes Library on the 13th of March, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The history of Australia’s strict censorship initially gained attention in 2012 when Professor Nicole Moore, a literary historian, published a book detailing how she uncovered thousands of banned books stashed underground in the National Archives of Australia building in Sydney. Her discovery actually happened in 2005. She found a total of 793 boxes.

According to the professor, these books were particularly illegal between the 1920’s and the 1980’s. The materials commonly dealt with topics on sexuality, politics, birth control, race, and romantic relationships that were taboo in the earlier decades. However, more than 90 percent of them were banned for obscenity, sedition, and blasphemy.

More about the history of Australia’s banned books will be explored at the North Lakes Library. Places are limited and therefore registrations are essential. To reserve your place, please click here.