NSW Bookstall

Establishing the bookstall network

For a few years from 1940, the long-running NSW Bookstall Company engaged local artists to establish the first distinctive line of Australian comics, including some creators who would continue to produce comics and cartoons for many decades—especially Noel Cook and Brodie Mack.

It was probably in 1879 that Henry Lloyd (1847-1897) gained the rights to run bookstalls at train and ferry stations in NSW, established the N.S.W. Railway Bookstall Company, and modernised an operation previously focused on ticket sales.

Lloyd had arrived from the United Kingdom that year after working with the famous English bookstall firm W.H. Smith and Sons. Securing the opportunity for a similar business in Sydney, he brought that British approach to an expanding chain of Sydney bookstalls, initially in Redfern, Newcastle, Parramatta and Granville.

Publisher trade names

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  Trade name Titles Issues Indexed Covers
Australia N.S.W. Bookstall Co.
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8 (1 comic) 15 (1 comic) 0.0 % (0 of 15) 93.3 % (14 of 15)
Australia N.S.W. Bookstall Co. Ltd.
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5 (1 comic) 5 (2 comics) 0.0 % (0 of 5) 100.0 % (5 of 5)
Australia N.S.W. Bookstall Co. Pty. Ltd.
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10 (1 comic) 10 (3 comics) 0.0 % (0 of 10) 100.0 % (10 of 10)
Australia N.S.W. Bookstall Company, Limited
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1 (No comics) 1 (No comics) 0.0 % (0 of 1) 100.0 % (1 of 1)
Australia N.S.W. Bookstall Coy. Pty. Ltd.
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1 (No comics) 1 (No comics) 0.0 % (0 of 1) 100.0 % (1 of 1)
Australia NSW Bookstall
57 (29 comics) 57 (35 comics) 1.8 % (1 of 57) 43.9 % (25 of 57)
Australia The New South Wales Bookstall Company
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3 (2 comics) 3 (2 comics) 0.0 % (0 of 3) 100.0 % (3 of 3)