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Albert Ullin & the Little Bookroom

A smiling man sits with a fluffy dog on his lap
10 March 2020

In 1960, Albert Ullin OAM founded the first children's bookshop in Melbourne and named it the Little Bookroom.

From its genesis in Albert's flat to its migration to Geelong (and many locations in between), the Little Bookroom's shopfront became synonymous with the creativity of the Australian children's book scene.

Albert's advocacy for quality children's books over seven decades changed the face of Australian literature. His enthusiasm for the field brought him into close contact with authors, artists, publishers and readers, and we hold a selection of items from his personal archive – including pictures by renowned illustrators Janet and Allan Ahlberg, Raymond Briggs and Terry Denton.

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