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Oz magazine was first published in Sydney in 1963 under the general editorship of Richard Neville, Richard Walsh and Martin Sharp. Taking a pen nib to the eye of Australian conservatism, the magazine covered topics such as homosexuality, abortion, inequality, police brutality, the White Australia policy and the Vietnam War. After fighting obscenity charges in Sydney, Neville and Sharp moved to the UK in 1967 and established London Oz with writer and editor Jim Anderson. Although Sharp continued as an artist, Neville enlisted British designer Jon Goodchild to ‘shape the magazine’ for a new audience. During this period, Sharp had established himself as one of the leading artists of the psychedelic era, designing album covers and posters for Jimi Hendrix, Cream and Bob Dylan. His ‘Plant a Flower Child’ (No.5) and ‘Bob Dylan’ (No. 7) covers from 1967 placed Oz at the vanguard of 60’s counter-culture publishing.

In 1970, Neville, Anderson and street seller cum editor Felix Dennis were charged with obscenity and conspiring to ‘debauch and corrupt the morals of young children’ after they invited a group of secondary school students to author, edit and design the School Kids Oz issue (No. 28).

A digital archive of Oz Magazine can be found in the Historical & Cultural Collections at the University of Wollongong.