Australia & Australians


Australia & Australians


The History of Australia refers to the history of the area and people of the Commonwealth of Australia and its preceding Indigenous and colonial societies. Aboriginal Australians are believed to have first arrived on the Australian mainland by sea from Maritime Southeast Asia between 40,000 and 70,000 years ago.


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Items in the Australia & Australians Collection

Historic Hansard
Commonwealth of Australia parliamentary debates presented in an easy-to-read format for historians and other lovers of political speech.

NSW Archaeology Online: Grey Literature Archive
NSW Archaeology Online is a sustainable digital archive of information about the archaeology and heritage of important cultural places in New South Wales. Stage 1 of the project (2009-2011) made a collection of previously unpublished consultancy and…

The Koori History Website
Information on Black Australia's 240 year struggle for justice. A website designed, created and operated by Dr Gary Foley.

Collaborating for Indigenous Rights: Indigenous rights and freedoms, 1957-1975
The fifteen years from the late 1950s to the early 1970s was a time of unusual collaboration between black and white activists in Australia. Alliances were formed between Aboriginal Australians motivated to help their people and white Australians…

Original Documents on Aborigines and Law, 1797-1840
Documents about law and indigenous people, 1797 to 1840. Contains transcriptions and digital images of handwritten and printed material composed by government officials, judges and missionaries.

Dawn and New Dawn: A magazine for the Aboriginal people of New South Wales
The Dawn and New Dawn digitised collection is the only complete online archive of these magazines which were issued between 1952-1975 by the New South Wales Aborigines Welfare Board.
If you are looking into family history, or researching for an…

University Recordings
The University Recordings Collection showcases a selection of film and audio recordings of people, events and activities of the University of Wollongong (1975+) and its predecessor institution, the Wollongong University College (1962-74).

University Ephemera and Memorabilia collection
This collection showcases a selection of historical ephemera produced over the years for official openings and other formal events, as well as a range of less formal social activities held in connection with the University of Wollongong (1975+), and…

UOW Archives Flickr collection
A collection of photographic images documenting more than than forty years of social history and key events that have taken place on the University of Wollongong campus. Albums include Ariel Views, Artworks, Buildings & Grounds, Clubs & Societies,…

Southern Tanami Indigenous Protected Area Storybook Plan Of Management
This is a Warlpiri story, a story about the Southern Tanami Indigenous Protected Area or IPA.
Based upon the English version of the IPA Plan of Management, it is intended to help all Warlpiri –
from elders to school children – to better…

Historical Censuses (pre 1996)
Historical Censuses provides access to digitised census publications for the Commonwealth of Australia. Publications for the census years 1933 to 1971 are being progressively added to this portal.

Mission Voices
Share in the unique culture and history of Victorian Aboriginal (Koorie) people.
Hear our Elders tell of their lives on missions and reserves. They are places full of contradictions. They are home.

The Woman Voter
The monthly letter of the Women's Political Association.

The Australian Worker
The Australian Worker is a newspaper produced in Sydney, New South Wales for the Australian Workers' Union. (from Wikipedia)

The Australian Abo Call
The Australian Abo Call was the first Aboriginal-focused publication printed in Australia. There were a total of six issues, all published in 1938. It was written and edited by John (Jack) Patten, co-founder of the Aborigines Progressive Association…

Koori Mail
The Koori Mail digitised collection is the only complete online archive for the Koori Mail – Australia’s fortnightly national Indigenous newspaper.
It was launched by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and…

Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages
The Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages is a digital archive of endangered literature in Australian Indigenous languages from around the Northern Territory.

State Records – Digital Gallery
These 50 items from the State archives collection showcase the extraordinary richness and diversity of our holdings, from our founding documents; recording the convicts on the First Fleet to items from the time of the establishment of the Archives…

Australian Screen
Australian Screen is operated by the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA). The NFSA is the national audiovisual archive, collecting, preserving and sharing the nation’s moving image and recorded sound heritage. It is a promotional and educational…

William J. Harris : Broken Hill Strikes 1909-1911 Postcards
Collection of photographic postcards and one illustrated postcard relating to the 1909 and 1911 strikes/lockouts/industrial disputes which occurred at Broken Hill, New South Wales. The annotated postcards were sent by William Harris to his family…

William George Agate : World War I letters, postcards and artefact
William George Agate was the eldest son of Moses and Minnie Agate. The Agate children included William (known as Bill ), Beatrice Florence (known as Foddie or Florrie), Mary (known as Molly), James Frederick (known as Jim) and Richard, (known as Dick…

Theatre South collection
Theatre South was a Regional Theatre Company based in Wollongong. It was formed in 1980 by its Artistic Director, Des Davis and his wife Faye Montgomery, under the aegis of the University of Wollongong. It presented many new plays about the Illawarra…

Tertangala, also affectionately known as ‘The Tert’, is the long–running University of Wollongong student newspaper, first published in September 1962. The name ‘tertangala’ is the local Indigenous word for smoke signal, a joke referring to…

Stuart Piggin : Faith of Steel and Mount Kembla Mine Disaster research materials
Dr Stuart Piggin lectured in the Department of History at the University of Wollongong from 1974 until the late 1980s. The collection comprises research files, interviews and photographs compiled by Dr Piggin in association with his writing of the…

Royal Visits to Wollongong
This collection showcases historical material relating to official Royal visits to the City of Wollongong by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh.

Mount Kembla Colliery Disaster, 31 July, 1902: report of the Royal Commission
At 2pm on July 31, 1902, Mt. Kembla colliery exploded, killing 96 men and boys. The Royal Commission into the disaster confirmed that gas and coal-dust were responsible for the explosion, and found that the only thing that could have avoided the…

Mary Tow : history of education in the Illawarra
Mary Tow was the Librarian for the Wollongong Teachers College, later named the Wollongong Institute of Education, from 1968 until 1982. After the Institute amalgamated with the University of Wollongong in 1983 Tow became the Education Faculty…

Illawarra: Local government election leaflets
This collection comprises 'How to vote' leaflets and other local government election ephemera from Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Wingecarribee and Wollondilly.

Josie Castle collection
Josie Castle was a Senior Fellow in the School of History and Politics, Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong (UOW).

The digitised aspect of this collection comprises recorded interviews created in the research for her book 'Nursing at the…

John Robertson Hawke : World War I letters and artifacts
John Robertson Hawke was born in Burnbank, Scotland on 17 May 1890, the son of Richard and Grace Hawke. The family emigrated to Australia in about 1908 and settled at Balmain, Sydney. John worked as a warehouseman prior to his enlistment in the army…

David Campbell : political cartoon collection
The Honourable David Campbell represented the Keira electorate in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1999 until his retirement from Parliament in March 2011. Mr Campbell was an Alderman on Wollongong City Council from 1987 to 1991, and…

Carl Weber : photographs, letters, memorabilia and ephemera
Carl Weber was a local surveyor, engineer and amateur photographer who worked for many years in the Illawarra and resided in Wollongong. This collection contains personal records including photographs, letters, news clippings and memorabilia from…

Bomaderry Soldiers Rest Home collection
The Bomaderry Soldiers Rest Home was also known as the South Coast Red Cross Convalescent Home or the South Coast Red Cross Soldiers Home. The home was established in the former Grand Tourist Hotel building in Bomaderry, north of Nowra N.S.W., and…

Bringing Them Home Oral History Project
The Bringing Them Home Oral History Project ran from 1998 to 2002 and served to collect and preserve the stories of Indigenous people and others, such as missionaries, police and administrators involved in or affected by the process of child…

Forgotten Faces: Chinese and the Law
A series of unique 19th Century photos of Chinese prisoners discovered in Public Record Office of Victoria's archival collection of prison records. These photographs are portraits of just a handful of thousands of Chinese people who travelled to the…

Forced Adoptions History Project
Explore forced adoption references, statistics, a glossary, education, institutions and exhibition information.

On Their Own: Britain's Child Migrants
This exhibition was developed against a changing political landscape, which culminated with the Australian and British Governments apologising for their role in schemes that were once considered generous philanthropy, but are now widely condemned as…

Find & Connect
The Find & Connect web resource brings together historical resources relating to institutional ‘care’ in Australia. This website was developed to help Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants understand more about their past and about the…

Public Record Office Victoria
Public Record Office Victoria is the archives of the State Government of Victoria. We hold approximately 100kms of records from the mid 1830s to today, which we manage for use by the Government and people of Victoria.

The Collection includes…

National Film & Sound Archive Online Exhibitions
Explore Australian audiovisual history through exhibitions at the NFSA and online

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Collections Online
The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) develops, maintains and preserves well-documented collections and provide the best possible access to our collection items to pass knowledge to current and future…

OZ Magazine
OZ magazine, London was published in London between 1967 and 1973 under the general editorship of Richard Neville and later also Jim Anderson and Felix Dennis. Martin Sharp was initially responsible for art and graphic design. Copies of OZ can be…

The Living Daylights
The Living Daylights was an Australian counter-culture magazine edited by Richard Neville of OZ Sydney and London fame and published by his fellow OZ colleague, Richard Walsh, in Melbourne between 1973-4. A number of the early issues also featured…

Australian Left Review
Australian Left Review was a monthly journal published from 1966 to 1993 by the Communist Party of Australia. It covered areas of left wing politics, industrial relations, human rights and the environment. The precursor was the Communist Review…

Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade: Historical documents
The Department offers a range of publications designed to provide information on Australia, Australian foreign, trade and development policies and the economic and political climate in other countries. They regularly publish foreign and trade policy…

Documenting a Democracy
Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House in conjunction with the National Archives of Australia presents 110 key documents that are the foundation of our nation.

Historical and Colonial Census Data Archive
The Historical Census and Colonial Data Archive (HCCDA) is a searchable archive of Australian colonial census publications and reports covering the period from 1833 to 1901, the year of Australia's federation. The corpus includes 18,638 pages of…

National Archives of Australia
The National Archives of Australia can best be described as the memory of our nation – collecting and preserving Australian Government records that reflect our history and identity.

The collection traces events and decisions that have shaped the…

Find and get over 400,000,000 Australian and online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more

Territory Stories: Picture NT
Territory Stories is a repository of historical and culturally significant digital objects. Territory Stories contains photographs, documents, audio and video and allows users to contribute content to enrich the collection.


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