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British & Commonwealth History - Collections
Australia and New Zealand

Online Resources

Databases & Websites

Australian Libraries Gateway: Online Exhibitions. Comprehensive listing of links to online exhibitions created and maintained by libraries throughout Australia.
Australian Studies Resources: Electronic Texts Collection (University of Sidney Library)
Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (New Zealand Historical Association). Contains over 3,000 biographies of New Zealanders who have 'made their mark' on the country, including the collected biographies originally published in the printed Dictionary of New Zealand Biography series between 1990 and 2000, and in the parallel Maori-language series, Nga Tangata Taumata Rau.
Digitized Collections: University of Adelaide Library. Rare materials and unique manuscripts from the University of Adelaide's collections valuable for scholarship and research or of general interest to the State, national and international community.
Matthew Flinders Collection (State Library of New South Wales). Matthew Flinders, 1774-1814, was amongst the most accomplished navigators and chartmakers of any age. In 1798 he sailed south from Sydney in the sloop Norfolk, passed through Bass Strait and circumnavigated Van Diemens Land (Tasmania), thus proving it to be an island. From 1801 to 1803 he circumnavigated mainland Australia in HMS Investigator, a voyage which would forever link him with this country.
National Library of New Zealand: Digital Collections
New Zealand Historical Documents Online (
New Zealand History Net. Extensive, well-presented, and searchable coverage of New Zealand's history co-ordinated by the History Group of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Wellington, New Zealand.
South Seas: Voyaging and Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Pacific (1760-1800). A history of European voyaging in the Pacific between 1760 and 1800. Site provides access to the full text of James Cook’s Endeavour Journal, as well as works by Joseph Banks, Sydney Parkinson, and John Hawkesworth, among others.
Statistics New Zealand
Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand ( Ministry for Culture and Heritage). When complete, "Te Ara" will be a comprehensive guide to the country’s peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society. An important feature of Te Ara is its Maori content. The Maori perspective is presented with each theme, and entries with substantial Maori content are available in the Maori language. The site also makes available the 1966 Encyclopaedia of New Zealand in full, the first and last official encyclopedia of New Zealand. Includes original drawings, maps, and photographs.
The Papers of Sir Joseph Banks (State Library of New South Wales)

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Government and Federation Documents

Archives New Zealand. Preserves and provides access to millions of government records, including the Treaty of Waitangi, immigration and legal records, films and photographs, documenting the government's impact on New Zealand since 1840. A virtual exhibition center presents some of these collections online.
Documenting a Democracy. A National Archives of Australia site which offers 110 foundational documents by region.
Federation Ephemera (State Library of New South Wales). During the 1890s, the national idealism inherent in the Federation debate generated unprecedented local interest in printed Australiana. Alfred Lee, whose album and story are featured here, was one of the ardent collectors whose passion and rivalry has provided us with a remarkably complete record of Australian history. This record is vital to understanding the nation's identity and 'printed ephemera' is one fascinating element.
Hansard's Transcripts of the Parliament of Australia
National Archives of Australia
Parliamentary Library Publications

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Periodicals & Newspapers

Australian Newspapers Online
Australian Periodical Publications, 1840-1845
Papers Past: New Zealand Papers and Periodicals (National Library of New Zealand). A selection of 19th century New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The site currently contains digital images of over 750,000 pages from 39 publications.
The Electronic Journal of Australian and New Zealand History.
Founded in 1996, the journal has evolved to become a peer-reviewed forum serving H-ANZAU, H-Net's network for the history of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Historic Maps of New Zealand (Auckland City Libraries). Searchable database of heritage maps from throughout New Zealand, from the 1830s to the 1950s.
Rare Maps Digitisation Project (National Library of Australia)
Rare Maps from the Collections of the State Library of New South Wales. A selection of 85 manuscript and printed maps and charts of the islands and the continents of the Southern Hemisphere between the 16th and 18th centuries.

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Archives and Catalogs

Australian Collections at the British Library. The largest collection on Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands in the United Kingdom. From early colonial texts to contemporary literature, the collection covers a broad range of humanities, social science and general interest topics, and holds copies of the first books to be published in Australia and New Zealand and many significant works from the early days of publishing in these countries.
The Register of Australian Archives and Manuscripts (RAAM). Guide to collections of personal papers and non-governmental organisational records held by Australian libraries and archives.

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Print Resources

Encyclopedias and Handbooks

The Oxford Companion to Australian History, edited by Graeme Davison, Stuart Macintyre, John Hirst.
Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Location: Green Library, HASRC: Non-circulating (DU112 .O94 1998)

The Oxford History of New Zealand, edited by Geoffrey W. Rice.
Auckland, N.Z.; New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
Location: Green Library, Stacks (DU420 .O9 1992)

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Australian Historical Studies
Volume/date range: Vol. 23, no. 90 (Apr. 1988)-
Location: Green library, latest year or volume in Current Periodicals; earlier volumes in SAL (994.005 .H673 1988-2004)
The New Zealand Journal of History
Volume/date range: v. 1- Apr. 1967-
Location: Green Library, latest year or volume in Current Periodicals; ealier in SAL Stacks (D1 .N4 V.29-30 1968-2005)

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