About Us

Dr Jan Roberts is a historian and small publisher. In 1996  she began Ruskin Rowe Press to publish occasional limited edition high quality books on history, art and architecture, mainly with a Pittwater regional focus. The first was Maybanke Anderson’s Story of Pittwater 1770 to 1920, and the latest release is the group memoir Remembering Avalon: Growing Up in the 1940s & 50s.

Ruskin Rowe Press is a ‘boutique’ publishing house, and its books’ original research material and high quality production have found readers all over the world; for example, Avalon, Landscape & Harmony: Walter Burley Griffin, Alexander Stewart Jolly & Harry Ruskin Rowe went to Chicago because of new work it contained on the Griffins, and Maybanke Anderson, A Woman’s Voice is lodged in Egypt’s Alexandria Library.

Jan and her husband Ken have three adult children and five grandchildren and live at Avalon Beach, NSW. She has been a ‘bookworm’ since childhood.

Some readers’ comments on Ruskin Rowe Press books

Maybanke Anderson, Sex, Suffrage & Social Reform: …’a great source book on the reform movements in which she was involved.’ Patricia Clarke, Canberra Times.


And ‘The author’s sensitive feel for significant detail helps identify and solve the everyday mysteries that are often lost from women’s lives… a balanced, highly readable book’. Beatrice Faust, Womanspeak


Remembering Avalon: Growing Up in the 1940s & 50s: ‘It’s a delightful book. Warm and honest and extremely readable, making us wish we’d also grown up here.’ Robyn Mayman, Avalon Beach


And ‘The book is a wonderfully nostalgic account, with the stories told in authentic voices of the 15 contributors. There is something for everyone…’ Pittwater Life

STOP PRESS:  Maybanke Anderson, her name will continue with this historic, exciting initiative!

On 13 November 2011,  the Maybanke Fund of the Sydney Community Foundation was launched. It ‘is focussed on reducing social inequality in Sydney and honours the work of Maybanke Selfe Wolstenholme Anderson.’

The Sydney Community Foundation is a tax deductible not for profit philanthropic organisation which works to reduce inequalities across Sydney. www.sydneycommunityfoundation.org.au




Ruskin Rowe Press publishes occasional limited edition, high quality books on history, art and architecture.