The “Australian Square Dance Review” is the longest running and major Square Dance publication in the South Pacific region.
It is produced and published voluntarily by the Australian National Square Dance Society Inc
It was initially produced as a full hard copy edition and published 10 times a year.
However in 2017 it became a fully digital magazine and is published quarterly.
Over the past few years there has been an additional special edition produced for the Australian National Square Dance Convention.
It is available online and if you would like to be advised when each edition is published, please complete the registration form.
We are also endeavoring to compile a register of all copies as a way of preserving the history of Square Dancing in Australia.
A list of back copies and what we have scanned already and is now available below.
If you have a copy that is missing and would be keen to share it with us, we would love to hear from you.
As you can see, there are several hundred links to the copies below.
Should you find any broken links, please let us know so they can be rectified
Our thanks go to Marion Brown.dec (VIC) , Gary, John & Carol Carpenter , Roslind Todd (NSW), Nev McLachlan(QLD), Russel Wall (QLD) and Frances Hickson, NSW for many of the copies we have scanned and published above.
If you have any of the missing copies we would love to hear from you so to preserve the history of Square Dancing in Australia
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A History of “The Australian Square Dance Review”
By Jim White
In an endeavour to publicise and let dancers know what was going on, I wrote the first square dance magazine in NSW – “Let’s go Square Dancing”, the forerunner to the “Australian Square Dance Review”. It was typed on stencils for a Gestetner machine by Madge Griffith, and the society secretary Bruce Hinton and helpers copied it off. (There were no photocopiers in those days and printing press products for short runs were too expensive). Then, for a short time, it became part of the Love Brothers dance publication on dancing in general until that folded. At that stage, we found a small printer who would do it cheaply and renamed it “South Pacific Square Dance Review” as by then we were posting to clubs or societies in every state as well as New Zealand. Graham Rigby joined us in the production and distribution of the magazine in Queensland. Later all States received copies.
But one of our biggest problems with State distributions was the postal department who either took too long to deliver or who lost the package altogether. I ceased to be editor in 1958 when I decided to go overseas for 9 months, and Tom McGrath took over.
* In January 2010, the South Pacific Square Dance Review was renamed “The Australian Square Dance Review” in order to reflect its true coverage of Square Dancing throughout Australia.
* From January 2017, the Review was reduced from 10 issues per year to 4 issues & these are available via email.