Hermes (publication)

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2014 Editors Celeste Moore, Rebecca Allen, Eleanor Turner and Whitney Duan
Categories Literature, art
Frequency Annually
Publisher University of Sydney Union
First issue 1886
Country Australlia
Language English
Website [1]

Hermes is the annual literary journal published by the University of Sydney Union and the oldest such journal in Australasia.[1] The first issue appeared in July 1886. Publication was suspended in 1942-1944, 1953, 1955, 1964, and 1970-1984.[2] First published in 1886, the journal is edited by current students and all content within the publication is provided by students from the University of Sydney. While in recent years there have been themes for specific editions, the journal publishes written, creative and visual pieces.

Distinguished former editors have included Thomas Bavin (1874), H. V. Evatt,[3] John Le Gay Brereton,[4] James McAuley (1937), Jock Marshall (1941), and a duo of Les Murray and Geoffrey Lehmann in 1962. In 2014, the editors were Rebecca Allen, Whitney Duan, Celeste Moore and Eleanor Turner.

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  1. ^ Hermes 2009 at University of Sydney Union (official site).
  2. ^ Hermes: an undergraduate magazine at National Library of Australia
  3. ^ McCarthy J Bavin, Sir Thomas Rainsford (1874 - 1941) in Australian Dictionary of Biography (1979)
  4. ^ Professor Brereton's lecture at Sydney Morning Herald 12 September 1927, p.10; at Trove

Further reading[edit]

  • Barcan, A Student activists at Sydney University 1960-1967 Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society (ANZHES), January 2007. The retired education professor Alan Barcan published his personal view of activism at Sydney University during the 1960s, including references to the student publications Honi Soit, Hermes and Arna

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