The National Library of Australia has very rich collections of material supporting the study of Australian history. These include large collections such as the Ferguson and Petherick collections and many smaller ones on specific aspects of Australia's history.
Material held covers all formats, including books, journals, newspapers, manuscripts, pictorial, electronic and microform materials.
Please note: A separate guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is found here
Using the National Library Catalogue
Use the Catalogue standard search to find titles, authors or subjects.
- If you get too many results, use the Narrow search options (at the right of the page) to display only the items you’re interested in
- If you need to widen your search, click on subject headings in an item’s Catalogue record to find other material related to that subject.
Although you can’t browse the Library’s shelves in person, you can use the Catalogue to browse by title, author, subject or Dewey number.
To search for general works about Australian history, select the Browse alphabetically tab, then subjects. Some examples are:
Don't forget to look for journals published on the topic of Australian history. You can find them in the Catalogue using the subject heading:
Many journals found in the Catalogue have links to an online journal. These may also be available in electronic databases through the Library's eResources, or on the internet. Content may be full text or abstract information only.
Some selected journal titles are:
- Australian historical studies
- History Australia : journal of the Australia Historical Association
- Journal of Australian studies
To search for works about a particular aspect of Australian history, add the topic to your search; for example: