Welcome to Bookbinding Victoria. 

You have arrived here via the QR code at Melbourne Royal, and we are delighted that our small display has caught your attention.  During the show 96 people chose to click on the QR code a great encouragement to the team of volunteers who are the committee.

The website has many links to articles on various aspects of bookbinding, information about classes, updates as new classes are prepared. Please enjoy browsing our pages and do not hesitate to contact us for more information.


Our Display this year. We were granted 2 cabinets for the competition books and for displays to promote Bookbinding Victoria. 


Three  entry classes

Creative art Bindings. 

Traditional Western Bindings

Designer Bindings


The first prize for the Creative art Binding   

Gail Stiffe with Black Wattle.

Gail also won best exhibit Bookbinding.


The Creative Arts Bindings,

1st Gail Stiffe , 2nd  Narella Griffin   3rd  Jim Finger Doves.  2 unplaced entries.

Creative Art Binding, a book form using all sorts of materials not necessarily words to tell the story



 The Traditional Western Bindings 

1, 2, 3, awarded to Jim Finger   2 others unplaced.

Traditional  Western Bookbinding.  A book in any of the traditional style, covered in traditional materials.


 Designer Bookbinding

Ist Awarded  to  (?)   9243 Embroidered Miniature,

2nd to Jim Finger Liddell and Scott,

Third to Jim Finger Watmough marbling.

Designer Binding or some would call it fine binding.

Bindings designed to tell a story in the design and using  more difficult techniques to tell the story of the book.


 A fuller description of some of the books at the end.






The 175th year of the Melbourne Royal.

The Agricultural Show has grown and developed from the early days of Melbourne's Agricultural life. It has become a traditional recognition of life both rural and city, and supported not only animals, but entertainment, craft, food production, food preparation, and hand made almost everything.

In this part of the display we recognise the diversity of what people were reading in a time when reading the printed word was  the most important connection to the world. From the intellectual Greek Dictionary to the ordinary book on Birds. a fuller description of the bindings and ages is at the end of this  entry.






An Tribute to a Member

Bookbinders Victoria   ( the Bookbinders Guild of Victoria) is made up of all sorts of people with a wide range of  great diversity of life experiences. Over time many of the original members have passed on, and we have the pleasure of paying tribute to those who have contributed to the life of the groups, with their experience, advice and skills. Sometimes very public, sometimes very private  we have benefited from their contribution to our lives.

This year we recognise the contribution to Bookbinders Victoria of Maurice Betteridge, who passed away in 2020. His contribution to many people in many spheres of life was substantial. Three of his bindings are in this display.  The two bound sets  of Fine Binding Magazine, and  Burnet a History of his own time.

Email me  if you would like  more information. or follow the link to more information about the display and the other books in the display.

James Finger     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.