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Gale Group: Contains the full text of over 180,000 English and non-English language titles and editions published between 1701-1800. Is based on The English Short Title Catalogue, and the holdings of the British Library, as well as over 1,500 university, private and public libraries worldwide. It is divided into seven subject areas: history and geography; social science and fine arts; medicine, science and technology; literature and language; religion and philosophy; law; reference. Also available on microfilm in the Newspapers and Microforms Reading Room. Available for document delivery to Australian libraries.
Adam Matthew: Portal to newspapers and periodicals c1685-1815 offers integrated access to the Hope Collection at the Bodleian Library, Oxford (Eighteenth Century Journals I), the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center University of Texas (Eighteenth Century Journals II) and the British Library Newspapers, Colindale and Cambridge University Library (Eighteenth Century Journals III) . It brings together rare journals printed between c1685 and 1815, illuminating all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life. Topics include: the writings of Sir Isaac Newton; the French Revolution; reviews of literature, the theater, and fashion throughout Europe; the origins and rise of Romanticism; political debates; gender, religion, influence of the press, and coffee house gossip and discussion. The National Library of Australia subscribes only to modules I, II and III. Available for document delivery to Australian libraries.
: An online version of the printed Encyclopedia of Melbourne. Contains the full text of the 2005 print edition plus additional text and digital entries. Entries range from factual summaries about places, institutions and events, through to extended survey articles on key topics such as Architecture, Aboriginal Melbourne, Economy, Foundation and Early Settlement, Law and Order, Literature, Science, Sport, Suburbia, Theatre and Transport.
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Islander Studies: This electronic edition is based on the two volume printed Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia which can be located in the Reference Collection in the Main Reading Room at RFq 994.0049915 E56.
University of Southampton: Provides digital access to a selection of British Parliamentary Papers relating to Ireland for the period 1801-1922, and is one of the principal resources for the study of modern Irish history. Papers came from Southampton University's unique Ford Collection of Official Publications. It includes scans of original census data for the years 1821, 1831, 1842, 1851, 1861 and a range of primary documents on topics relating to law, agriculture, poor relief, religion and trade. The bibliographic records and searchable PDFs are now available for a large majority of the collection through the University of Southampton Library webcat.
Natural History Museum (UK): On 13 May 1787 eleven ships, now commonly referred to as The First Fleet, set sail from Portsmouth to establish a colony in New South Wales, Australia. They reached their destination on 18 January 1788, 18 years after Captain James Cook had first landed on the east coast of Australia at Botany Bay. One of the unplanned but long-lasting outcomes of this event was the large number of outstanding drawings of aboriginal people, the landscape and wildlife found on arrival as well as of the early foundation of the colony. Drawings have been arranged under four themes: Natural History; Ethnography; Topography; and History.
: This site records and studies the founding population of 73,000 men women and children who were transported to Tasmania. It uses the extensive surviving Tasmanian convict records which provide detailed descriptions of the convicts' heights, eye colour, literacy, skills, family history, problems and temperament. Digitised images of the records are provided. This website is a partnership between historians, genealogists, demographers and population health researchers. FOR OPTIMUM USE THIS WEBSITE NEEDS TO BE VIEWED IN FIREFOX.
Chadwyck-Healey: The Gerritsen Collection of Women's History (Chadwyck-Healy and Proquest) provides an entire international library spanning four centuries and documenting the lives and experiences of women in the public and private arenas. This collection was begun in the late 19th century by Aletta Jacobs Gerritsen. This leading feminist and the Netherlands' first woman doctor brought together an unmatched body of material from continental Europe, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. It contains 4,471 monographs (in French, English and German) and 265 periodicals covering mostly the years 1860-1900.
ABC-CLIO: Historical Abstracts covers the history of all countries of the world 1450 to the present, excepting the United States and Canada (these countries are covered in America: History and Life). Over 1,800 journals in over 40 languages are indexed, dating back to 1955.
City of Sydney Archives: The Historical Atlas of Sydney contains digital versions of maps and associated documents dating from the earliest days through to the present.
These are selected sites for researching Australian history on the Internet and provide a starting place for researchers in this field. They lead to a diverse range of information on Australian history resources as well as providing links to other useful sites.
Mura Gadi is an online guide to significant manuscripts, pictures and oral histories in the National Library of Australia relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples prior to 2003. Although it does not list the many books, periodicals and other publications in the Library relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, these materials can be found using the Library's online catalogue at http://www.nla.gov.au/catalogue/
A guide to the printed resources relating to Australian history at the National Library. In addition to the works mentioned here the Library holds a large range of primary and secondary resources on this topic.