Celebrating 60 Years in Australia

From its humble beginnings in 1946, Penguin Australia has become the largest and most successful publisher in the country. Synonymous with good quality books and literature, today Penguin is home to some of Australia's bestselling and award-winning writers and illustrators.

From its humble beginnings in 1946, Penguin Australia has become the largest and most successful publisher in the country.

Penguin Australia’s broad, vibrant and successful local publishing programme started in 1963 with Randolph Stow’s To the Islands. Today Penguin is home to some of Australia’s bestselling and award-winning writers and illustrators: Maggie Alderson, Stephanie Alexander, Pamela Allen, Graeme Base, Geoffrey Blainey, Isobelle Carmody, Kaz Cooke, Bryce Courtenay, Robert Drewe, Nick Earls, Mem Fox, Morris Gleitzman, Sonya Hartnett, Ian Irvine, Paul Jennings, Kylie Kwong, Michael Leunig, Melina Marchetta, Monica McInerney and Rachael Treasure are household names and exemplify the diversity of our list. A dedicated team of talented individuals work across the business to publish, market, sell and distribute our books and to give us our market leading position.



Consumer Competition

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We are giving one lucky reader the chance to win a very special prize in a unique consumer competition.

To enter readers simply need to purchase any six Penguin branded books between 6 March and 25 August 2006, download an entry form from www.penguin.com.au/60, attached original proof of purchase and send to Penguin head office.

Major prize: Book pack, containing 60 Penguin books valued at $1500rrp plus the chance to win a Smartcar valued at $34 000 or a cash prize of $2 000. The prize winner will be flown to Penguin head office in Camberwell to take part in the draw where they have a one in sixty chance of winning the Smartcar or cash prize.

Runners up prizes: 60 Penguin book packs valued at $1500 rrp.

About Penguin in Australia


Penguin sets up operation in Australia; sales and distribution from a tin shed in South Melbourne


Allen Lane (Penguin’s founder) visits Australia for the first time


Sydney office opens



First Australian Penguins published To the Islands by Randolph Stow, Kangaroo Tales ed Rosemary Wighton and Three Australian Plays by Alan Seymour et al


Business moved to Ringwood

Published: The Lucky Country by Donald Horne


Penguin becomes a public company – Penguin Books Australia Ltd



Published: The Art of Australia by Robert Hughes



SBN system adopted



First modern computer installed – General Electric 115

Published: The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea by Randolph Stow


With the passing of Allen Lane Penguin is sold to Pearson plc

Published: Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsey


Published: Wake in Fright by Kenneth Cook


Australian publishing represents approximately 15% of company turnover

Sales offices open in Sydney and Adelaide

Published: The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith by Tom Kenealley

The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek by Jenny Wagner and Ron Brooks


Published: The Penguin Leunig by Michael Leunig


Published: The Broken Years by Bill Gammage

The Education of Young Donald by Donald Horne

The Shiralee by D’Arcy Niland

Harp in the South by Ruth Park

Damned Whores and God’s Police by Anne Summers

Aranea by Jenny Wagner and Ron Brooks


Practical Puffins series published in association with McPhee Gribble

Published: Death of a Lucky Country by Donald Horne


Australian Puffin Club established

Published: The Twenty-Seventh Annual African Hippopotamus Race by Morris Lurie

John Brown Rose and the Midnight Cat by Jenny Wagner and Ron Brooks


Published: Monkey Grip by Helen Garner


Published: The Long Farewell by Don Charlwood

Turtle Beach by Blanche d’Alpuget


Earlybird Book Club established

Published: The Other Side of the Frontier by Henry Reynolds



Co publishing agreement with McPhee Gribble begins



Vax Vista system installed

Published: Hating Alison Ashley by Robin Klein


Penguin buys five companies from Thomson including Michael Joseph, Hamish Hamilton and Sphere Books

Published: Evil Angels by John Bryson

Unreal! by Paul Jennings


Published: Animalia by Graeme Base

The Well by Elizabeth Jolley

Taronga by Victor Kelleher


Lloyd O’Neil’s group of companies acquired

Published: Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody

A Short History of Australia by Manning Clark


25 years of Australian publishing celebrated

Group sales team created to sell into mass market customers

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie published amidst great controversy

Published: Don’t Take Your Love to Town by Ruby Langford

Inside Black Australia ed Kevin Gilbert

The Blooding by Nadia Wheatley


Australian publishing represents 32% of revenue

Published: I for Isobel by Amy Witting

Explore Australia by Lloyd O’Neil


Australian publishing represents 40% of revenue

Published: Poppy by Drusilla Modjeska


Published: Tell Me I’m Here by Anne Deveson

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

The Anzacs by Patsy Adam Smith

Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide by Mark Shield and Huon Hooke


Published: Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

Fence Around the Cuckoo by Ruth Park


McPhee Gribble and Viking O’Neil move to Ringwood from Claremont St, South Yarra

Published: One of the Wattle Birds by Jessica Anderson

The Penguin Book of Australian Jokes ed Phillip Adams and Patrice Newell

Weary: The Life of Sir Edward Dunlop by Sue Ebury

Death of a River Guide by Richard Flanagan


Penguin 60s launched to celebrate Penguin UK’s 60 th anniversary

Published: The First Book of Samuel by Ursula Dubosarsky

Paramount Cooking by Christine Manfield

Making Money by Paul Clitheroe


Penguin Australia celebrates 50 years of Australian publishing and voted Publisher of the Year

Published: A Rare Bird by Geoffrey Dutton

The Cook’s Companion by Stephanie Alexander

The Defined Garden by Paul Bangay

Paramount Cooking by Christine Manfield

The Little Book of Calm by Paul Wilson


Published: A Biased Memoir by Ruth Cracknell

The Listmaker by Robin Klein


Published: The Lucky Country new edition by Donald Horne

Aussie Biteswww.puffin.com.au series launched

Shoe Money by Maggie Alderson

View from the Mirror Book 1: Shadow on the Glass by Ian Irvine


Published: Drylands by Thea Astley

Up the Duff by Kaz Cooke

48 Shades of Brown by Nick Earls

Miss Lily's Fabulous Pink Feather Boa by Margaret Wild


On 10 May 2000, Pearson acquired Dorling Kindersley and DK became part of the Penguin Group

Published: The Shark Net by Robert Drewe

Girls’ Night In ed Jessica Adams et al

Aussie Nibbles www.puffin.com.au series launched

Wicked but Virtuous by Mirka Mora

Salute! by Gail Donovan et al


Published: A Certain Style: Beatrice Davis, a Literary Life by Jacqueline Kent

Looking for Leadership: Australia in the Howard Years by Donald Horne

A Taste for It by Monica McInerney

Handbag Heaven by Maggie Alderson

Catching the Nimbin by Jenny Wagner


Puffin celebrates the one millionth Aussie Bites sold

Penguin Australia leaves Ringwood and moves head office operations to Camberwell, distribution operations move to a new DC in Scoresby and United Book Distributors created to service Penguin, Pearson and agency clients

TMS Bookmaster computer system introduced replacing Vista

Published: Kylie Kwong: Recipes and Stories by Kylie Kwong

My Life as Me by Barry Humphries


Published: Three Dog Night by Peter Goldsworthy

Thai Food by David Thompson

Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin

Specky Magee and the Great Footy Contest by Felice Arena and Garry Lyon

Cathy: Her Own Story by Cathy Freeman

Kids’ Night In ed Jessica Adams et al

Aussie Chomps www.puffin.com.au series launched


Lantern imprint launch

Published: The Cook’s Companion 2nd edition by Stephanie Alexander

Not Happy, John! by Margo Kingston

Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox


Published: Whitethorn by Bryce Courtenay

Out of My Comfort Zone by Steve Waugh

The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet by Dr Manny Noakes et al


Penguin celebrates 60 years in Australia

Baby Puffin imprint launch