Thames & Hudson was founded in 1949 by Walter and Eva Neurath. Their passion and mission was to create a ‘museum without walls’ and to make accessible to a large reading public the world of art and the research of top scholars. To reflect its international outlook the name for the company linked the rivers flowing through London and New York, represented in its logo by two dolphins symbolizing friendship and intelligence, one facing east, one west, suggesting a connection between the Old World and the New.
Thames & Hudson Australia was established in Melbourne in 1970, to represent the Thames & Hudson list in Australia & New Zealand, and make the books produced in London more accessible to a local readership. Quickly establishing itself as one of the region’s leading publishers of illustrated books on the visual arts, the Australian company has grown to expand its local publishing program of books by Australian and New Zealand authors for a domestic and international market.
In addition to its publishing activities, Thames & Hudson Australia is Australia’s leading distributor of illustrated books produced by a growing number of independent illustrated book publishers from around the world. Some of these brands include Abrams, Laurence King Publishing, Tate Publishing, Flammarion and over 30 others.
Named 2018 ABIA Small Publisher of the Year, Thames & Hudson Australia publishes nearly 30 original Australian titles each year into subject areas including art, the arts, architecture, interiors, design, photography, gardening and food and drink and children’s books. As a distributor we also bring approximately 2000 new books to Australia and New Zealand each year while stocking locally over 7000 titles in our active backlist.
Internationally, still an independent, family-owned company, Thames & Hudson is one of the world’s leading publishers of illustrated books. Still with a head office in London, and a sister company in New York, Thames & Hudson’s Australian headquarters are based in Melbourne. In addition, Thames and Hudson has a new Asian operation in Hong Kong, and a distribution business in Paris, where a subsidiary company, Interart, distributes English-language books in France.
Thames & Hudson: Inspiring, Innovative, International, Independent.