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What do the Sydney Push, John Passmore and countless Sydney University alumni have in common? Apart from a love of books and ideas, they were all influenced by the outspoken and controversial Australian philosopher John Anderson (1893-1962). SUP is delighted to complete its series of Anderson’s lectures with the release of Art & Reality, the seventh and final volume collecting his unique approach to philosophy.

john anderson 1926 National archive.jpgJohn Anderson at the University of Sydney, c. 1926. National Library of Australia.

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Are some recipes best left to the annals of time? There's only one way to find out …

The finished product!

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Lyn McCredden's The Fiction of Tim Winton: Earthed and Sacred explores Winton's work from multiple angles. She considers his treatment of class, gender, place, transcendence and belonging, and shows how his engagement with these themes has deepened and changed over time. She also argues that he occupies a highly unusual place in the Australian literary landscape: he is a popular novelist who is also taken seriously by critics, and a religious man in a country that is often suspicious of religious faith. We talked to Lyn about these complexities and more.
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As well as recipes, The Art of Living in Australia contains wide-ranging and often entertaining advice on how to live well. Philip Muskett, a doctor, was appalled by the typical Australian lifestyle, lamenting that “Australia is inhabited by a people largely carnivorous and addicted to tea. Surely not one person in a thousand would advocate such a diet under any circumstances.”

Today’s lifestyle gurus often favour an indulgent, forgiving tone. Self-fulfillment is all. (“Surrender is a self-affirming act of personal responsibility”, to quote Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop.com.) Not Philip Muskett. He is a man of clear and uncompromising standards:

Although there may be a certain proportion of people whom the cold bath does not benefit, yet I am fully convinced that the number is comparatively speaking small. A good many make the excuse that they cannot take it, while all the time laziness is the real trouble.

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The Art of Living in Australia dates to 1893, and details everything the new colonist ought to understand about the rigours and habits of living in the great southern land. It covers everything from how often you should bathe and how to make toothpaste, to sustainable fishing practices and growing vegetables suitable for the climate.

Written by Philip E. Muskett, a physician, the book also contains over 300 recipes, contributed by Mrs H. Wicken, a Home Economics teacher at the Technical College, Sydney. The recipes include some wonderful gems, some great ideas for easy home cooking, and some that probably wouldn't win you a place on Masterchef.

All of this absolutely begs the question, how well do these recipes stand the test of time? Are these soups, fish and meat dishes, salads, vegetables and desserts of purely historical interest, or can they be successfully created in the 21st century home?

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Like us here at Sydney University Press, you are probably frustrated by the underrepresentation of women on Wikipedia, both as subjects and as editors. Wikipedia itself accepts that this gender bias exists, stating that not only do men make up the majority of Wikipedia editors, but that those male editors are also individually responsible for editing more articles than their female counterparts. While there are many and varied factors contributing to this, Wikipedia’s own attempts to redress the imbalance have been largely unsuccessful.

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A 1950s advertisement modified to promote a Wikipedia editing event. A drawing of a stylish woman has had her eyes, mouth and nose crossed out, with tongue-in-cheek caption indicating that her talents are wasted if she isn't on Wikipedia


It’s officially March, which means it’s officially Women’s History Month! At SUP, we’re very excited to be celebrating with a Wikipedia edit-a-thon. We’ll be getting together with students, staff and the wider community to improve the representation of Australian women in the world’s favourite reference work.

We all love Wikipedia. But did you know that it has a diversity problem? Multiple studies, by Wikipedia and by independent researchers, have found that women are badly underrepresented. Only between 9 and 12 percent of Wikipedia editors identify as women, and only about 16 percent of individual profiles on Wikipedia are about women.

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