In 1933 George Southern published Making Morality Modern, a popular account of sexual psychology which introduced for the first time in Australia the platform of the World League for Sexual Reform. When the printer had submitted the page proofs to the Postmaster General’s Department for registration as a book it was banned from transmission through the post. Fearing prosecution under the Obscene and Indecent Publications Act, the printer destroyed the type he had set up. Southern then printed one edition of 1,000 copies by hand, but found it difficult to get the book advertised or reviewed. The book carried endorsements from the Australian naturalist David G. Stead, as well as overseas authorities including Havelock Ellis, A. A. Brill, Julian Huxley and Bronislaw Malinowski, all of whom had been sent galley proofs for comment.

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