Welcome to Ancora Press

  • Ancora-logoThe Ancora Press operates as two distinct entities under the one imprint.

    1. The Ancora Press in the Department of Fine Arts at Caulfield is managed by Dr Brian McMullin and specialises in handpress printing. [This part of the website is still under construction: please contact brian.mcmullin@monash.edu for further information.]

    2. The Ancora Press in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at the Clayton Campus publishes conventional books and pamphlets on aspects of bibliography and book history. It continues the publication programme discontinued by the Centre for the Book in 2009, which in turn succeeded the Centre for Textual and Bibliographical Studies. The publisher of the Ancora Press is Professor Wallace Kirsop and the editor and project officer is Meredith Sherlock. Please see the Publications page for our catalogue.




    Managing digitisation for societies, researchers and institutions

    Conference Rooms, State Library of Victoria (entry Latrobe St)

    Saturday 10 May 2014 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


    Large and small organisations are increasingly moving to digital platforms, but saving, accessing and retrieving this material requires far more than a good filing cabinet.

    This seminar is aimed at anyone who is involved in either creating digital or converting older records to a digital format. How should you store this material, and just as importantly how can you ensure that others have access to it?

    This seminar will invite people to share their experiences and their problems. To start the ball rolling three people with experience in different aspects of digitisation will talk about the challenges they faced and how these were resolved.

    Howard Quenault is the Director of Computer Management Techniques. From 1999 to 2009 he was the Director of the Victorian Electronic Records Strategy (VERS), developing the Standard for Management of Electronic Records to help government agencies manage, store and access their electronic records and to ensure that Victoria’s key electronic information will be identified, preserved and accessible in the future, regardless of how it was created.

    Peter Pereyra is employed by the Victorian Building Authority, has been a committee member of the Mechanics’ Institutes of Victoria (MIV) since 2002, and is its past-President. He commenced the digitisation of mechanics’ institute records in 2002 and added 13,000 images to the collection. Generous grants were made available from 2009 and since then part-time staff have been engaged to continue with the work.

    Steven Chang from Melbourne University will share his experience of being involved in the digitisation of Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) Australia archives through Melbourne University and discuss his academic research on some broader themes that arose from project.

    This seminar is free but bookings are essential. Please book at bookings@sluoc.org.au by Monday 5 May.

    The Ancora Press is a member of the State Library User Organisations’ Council Inc., which is organising the seminar.



    Forgery of Printed Documents

    Speaker: Nicolas Barker. Wednesday 14 May 6.00 – 7.00 pm.

    See State Library of Victoria website for more information: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/event/foxcroft-lecture-2014-forgery-printed-documents

    The Foxcroft Lecture series is supported by Wallace Kirsop.