The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

Trawling through the archives: a snapshot of the early years of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2020), 38, (1), 57–74.


Using selected extracts from the newsletter of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI), Madeleine Davis traces the history of the Society, focusing in particular on the first 20 years. In addition to charting developments in indexing practices reflected in newsletter articles (notably the increasing use of computers), she highlights major milestones in the development of the Society, such as the publication of the first newsletter and the first survey of indexers in Australia, and honours the committed indexers who established the Society and contributed to its growth over the years.

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Davison, K. (1981) ‘Don’t knock the KWOC’, AusSI Newsletter 1981(3), 21–3. Google Scholar

Fisher, J. (1983) ‘Shock an indexer: notice him’, AusSI Newsletter 1983(3), 36–40. Google Scholar

Harvey, S. (1983) ‘Microcomputers for personal indexing systems’, AusSI Newsletter 1983(3), 35–7. Google Scholar

Harvey, S. (1987) ‘Mechanisms for the information industry’, AusSI Newsletter 1987(4), 41–3. Google Scholar

Herbstreit, K. (1985) ‘Computers for indexing: can you justify it?’, AusSI Newsletter 1985(2), 22–3. Google Scholar

Lansdown, S. (1981) ‘It’s no longer on the cards: computer assisted indexing utilising a personal micro-computer’, AusSI Newsletter 1981(4), 33–40. Google Scholar

Lewis, E. (1976) ‘On the search for the holy grail: index to information’, AusSI Newsletter 1976(1), 9–12. Google Scholar

Yowell, J. (1985) ‘A publisher’s view of indexing’, AusSI Newsletter 1985(2), 18–21. Google Scholar

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Davis, Madeleine