Hermes (publication)

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Editor(s)Annually appointed
CategoriesLiterature, art
PublisherUniversity of Sydney Union
First issue1886
WebsiteHermes Literary Journal

Hermes is the annual literary journal published by the University of Sydney Union. It is the oldest such journal in Australasia.


Hermes was established in 1886.[1] The first issue of Hermes appeared in July 1886. Publication was suspended in 1942-1944, 1953, 1955, 1964, and 1970-1984.[2] Hermes is edited by current students and all content within the publication is provided by students, staff and alumni from the University of Sydney. While in recent years there have been themes for specific editions, the journal publishes written, creative and visual pieces. A special jubilee edition was published in 1902 to coincide with the University's anniversary.[3][4]

Today, Hermes acts as the printed Creative Catalogue for the USU Creative Awards. Each year winners of The USU Creative Awards have their work published in Hermes, win prize money and have their works displayed professionally at the Verge Gallery.[5]

Past editors[edit]

Distinguished former editors of Hermes have included Thomas Bavin (1897),[6][7] H. V. Evatt (1916)[8], John Le Gay Brereton (1892-94),[9][10] James McAuley (1937)[11], Jock Marshall (1941), and a duo of Les Murray and Geoffrey Lehmann in 1962[12]. Kathleen M. Commins was the first woman editor in 1931[13][14]. In 2015 the Editorial team was entirely women: Elle Burchell, Pheobe Corleone, Madeleine Gray and Tahlia Chloe. [15]

Editors 1886-2016[edit]

Editors Year Notes
Clive Evatt 1926
Maisie Dubosarsky, Lucy Howard-Taylor, Amy Ireland, Lukasz Swiatek 2007 No theme
Amelia Walkley, Bronwyn O’Reilly, Khym Scott and Raven Dakota 2009
Connie Ye, Dominic McNeil and Michael Falk 2011 Theme: 2011 A.D.
Chenoa Fawn, Jackson Busse, Gabriella Edelstein and Kate Farrell 2012 Theme: Odyssey, former editor Geoffrey Lehmann guest speaker
Melanie Kembrey, Nick Fahy, Patricia Arcilla and Nick Richardson 2013 Theme: Elements, Delia Falconer guest speaker
Rebecca Allen, Whitney Duan, Celeste Moore and Eleanor Turner 2014 Theme: Liminal, Richard Glover guest speaker
Elle Burchell, Phoebe Corleone, Madeleine Gray and Tahlia Chloe 2015 Theme: Manufactured, David Malouf Guest Speaker
Michael Sun and Marilyn Meen Yee Ooi 2016 Theme: Warped
Alexandra Bateman and Samantha Clemente 2017 No theme


  1. ^ "Hermes Literary Journal". University of Sydney Union. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  2. ^ Hermes: an undergraduate magazine at National Library of Australia
  3. ^ Hermes : the jubilee number, issued to commemorate the jubilee of the University of Sydney, 1852-1902, Kealy & Philip, 1902, retrieved 23 January 2017
  4. ^ ""HERMES."". The Sydney Morning Herald (20, 140). New South Wales, Australia. 27 September 1902. p. 4. Retrieved 23 January 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "hermes". University of Sydney Union.
  6. ^ "Hermes 1897 Volume 3 Number 1". University of Sydney Library. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  7. ^ McCarthy J Bavin, Sir Thomas Rainsford (1874 - 1941) in Australian Dictionary of Biography (1979)
  8. ^ "Hermes 1916 Volume 22 Number 3". University of Sydney Library. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Hermes 1892 Volume 7 Number 1". University of Sydney Library. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  10. ^ Professor Brereton's lecture at Sydney Morning Herald 12 September 1927, p.10; at Trove
  11. ^ "Hermes 1937 Volume 43 Number 3". University of Sydney Library. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Hermes 1962". University of Sydney Library. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Hermes 1931 Volume 37 Michaelmas Term". University of Sydney Library. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  14. ^ Lawson, Valerie (15 February 2003). "Most of the power, little of the glory". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  15. ^ "'Manufactured' Hermes Issue #109 2015". University of Sydney Union. Retrieved 19 October 2015.

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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