Andrew Fabinyi

Andrew (Andor) Fabinyi (1908-1978)

  • Honorary Member
  • Redmond Barry Award 1974 

Andrew (Andor) Fabinyi (1908-1978), publisher, was born on 27 December 1908 in Budapest, son of Imre Fabinyi, lawyer, and his wife Margit, née Nagel. Andor was educated at Minta Gymnasium and Pazmany University. After graduating, he continued his studies part time and was awarded what he described as 'the equivalent of a D. Phil' for his thesis on the psychology of aesthetics. He worked at Lauffer's Bookshop, Budapest, and in 1932 established an agency for the distribution of British books in Hungary.

An enthusiastic committee-man and the central switchboard for trade intelligence, Fabinyi was president of the Australian Book Publishers' Association in 1965-70. He chaired the Australian Book Trade Advisory Committee (1966-68) and the A.B.P.A. book export development committee (1971-1973), and served the wider book community as president of the Australian Book Fair Committee (1955-60), and of the Victorian branch (1955, 1959, 1965-1967) and public libraries division (1962) of the Library Association of Australia. In recognition of his contribution to the work of libraries, he was given the L.A.A.'s (Sir) Redmond Barry award in 1974. Fabinyi further promoted the interests of the book and the book trade through articles in newspapers and journals, and in The Development of Australian Children's Book Publishing (1971). He also wrote Living in Cities and Social and Cultural Issues of Migration, both published in 1970.


Further information can be found on the Australian Dictionary of Biography