This is a history of the Accounting Department and discipline at Macquarie University. I say "a history" because many other histories could have been written. Written in the midst of many distractions, over too short a time span, I am fully aware that the history from the perspective of the many staff who have helped build the Department across the years has not been told. Time and resources did not permit—stories have been included in so far as they touch upon the major themes that emerge from the Department's larger story. I am also aware that much more still needs to be done in terms of the student stor[ies]. Macquarie has graduated tens of thousands of Accounting graduates, who work in every corner of the globe. It was impossible to list, let alone capture, their individual stories, and so again, this text might be read as turning them into ciphers of the major themes. This was not my desire: in a sense, what they are doing is the fulfilment of what Macquarie Accounting was founded to achieve. It is simply unquantifiable, however, in any meaningful way in a book of this length, across a project that has been pursued in somewhat less than a year. I do trust that this text will act as a type of "index", around which those stories might later be told, possibly through the emerging potentialities of digital media.
I think it is their communal desire that the wisdom that results, and which is often the distinguishing mark of this Department, might be made available to future generations of leaders who will be able to stand upon their shoulders. It seems remarkable now that at several times during its history, one leader in the University or another suggested that perhaps Macquarie's future might not include this, the largest Department in its largest Faculty. This history does not judge such opinions. What does strike the historian is how rapidly disciplinary borders change and how central "standards" have become. That suggests that, whatever one calls it, accounting is not likely to disappear from universities soon, and that indeed it has much to say about its future. Mark Hutchinson