Robin Boyd wrote nine books and contributed to many others. In the general community, Boyd was more well-known for his writings than his architecture. It was through his writing that Boyd raised Australian’s awareness of the built environment and the benefits of good design.

The Australian Ugliness and Australia’s Home are regarded as modern Australian classics. These books had been out-of-print for many years. The foundation are working to ensure that Robin’s works are again available and recently three have been republished.


The story of Ranelagh Estate on the Mornington Peninsula
New publication by M Breidahl, D Dick & V Grounds

A brochure produced for the 1956 Melbourne Olympicc Games described Ranelagh as ‘the birthplace of Melbourne’s modern movement’. This book tells the story of ranelagh, a large subdivision in Mount Eliza designed by Walter Burley Griffin as a seaside holiday destination close to Melbourne.
Listed on the Victorian Heritage Register and classified by the National Trust of Australia, Ranelagh Estate is an outstanding example of the Griffins’ progressive environmental and philosophical ideals and retains fine examples of the innovative work of modernist architectural luminaries auch as Roy Grounds, Robin Boyd, Ernest Fooks, Chancellor & Patrick, Esmond Dorney, and many more.
This 200 page history is illustrated with early photographs, documents, maps and walking trails, comprehensive descriptions of historical events and includes stories of colourful people who have lived, built houses and passed through Ranelagh.

We are delighted to announce that author Maree Coote will be launching her children’s book ‘Robyn Boid’ in early May. Robyn Boid is a small, dedicated bird who loves to build nests and dreams of becoming an architect. She lives at the University, where she listens to the architecture classes through the window. Eager to learn, Robyn practises building all the important architectural shapes, but all the while she seeks the perfect design for her own nest.

Maree Coote is an award-winning Melbourne based artist, writer, designer and photographer. Her numerous books, including Andy Web – Artist (2016), Spellbound (2015), Alphabet City Zoo (2014), Alphabet City (2013), and The Melbourne Book (now on its 4th edition!) are a visual feast and design dream!

Don’t miss your chance to bring your kids to Walsh Street to meet Maree, and get a signed copy of her wonderful book. Ticket release details and launch date to be announced very soon.