Where can I find Australian folklore?

Ossie Artery sitting on a log outside a hut playing an accordian

 

There are a number of useful websites to start your search for Australian Folklore, including:

  • Folklore Australia, a resource base for Australian folklore and folklife. The site includes a select bibliography of Australian folklore.
  • The Australian Government’s australia.gov.au website has an article on Australian folklore, which includes links to other sources of information.

The National Library's Oral history and folklore collection contains a significant quantity of folklore field tapes, dating from the post-war Australian folklife revival. These include the John Meredith, Norm O'Connor, and Alan Scott Collections, and the Wattle Collection. The Anne O'Connor Collection highlights the contribution of the Irish to the Australian cultural experience. 

To find items held in the Library’s collections you can search our online catalogue with the words "folklore australia" (include the quotation marks). You can also search using the words "folklore research australia" or "folklorists australian interviews" (including quotation marks).

If you are unable to visit the library, Trove can help you find and get items at libraries near you.

The National Library can provide copies of certain materials. For more information go to our Copies Direct service.