One visitor came to this site because he/she searched on the history of child pornography in Australia. My one post on the Henson matter came up number five on the Google search. This got me thinking.
I know of no history of child pornography in Australia. I suppose there is a problem here in a general sense because you have to access to sources to write a history, and I know of no sources in this area. Indeed, to write a history you would now have to download illegal material.
That said, I do not think that Australia can be said in any way to have a history of child pornography until very recently. It did not exist or, to the degree that it did exist, it involved smutty photos exchanged in private.
This is not to say that we did not have a paedophile problem however defined. We clearly did. But child pornography, again however defined, seems to be new.