The Library is always looking for material to add to the collection.

Your assistance helps us to build a national collection for future generations of Australian to use and enjoy. Your Library donation or advice of the whereabouts of any of the items listed below (for puchase at current market prices) is greatly appreciated.

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Printed Australiana

The history of publishing in and about Australia is comparatively short - spanning just over 200 years of white settlement and including earlier speculation about the Great South Land and European voyages of discovery. While the National Library has the largest collection of Australian printed material in the world, there are some books which are missing from the collection, and which it would like to acquire and preserve

  • Posters from the 2019-2020 Australian fire season depicting rotary and fixed wing aircraft
    (Auckland : Kia Kaha Media, 2020)
  • Zloglasni stasi : dokumenti in izpovedi obeh strani / Anna Funder
    (Trzic : Ucila International, 2005)
  • Zhashyl koi kaida? = Gde zhe zelenai︠a︡? ; Where is the green sheep? / Mem Fox, translated by Zhudi Khorasek
    (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Sonun Zher, 2009)

Australiana, 1951-2000

  • The application of a drought index system to Australian bushfire control / A.G. McArthur
    (Canberra : Forestry and Timber Bureau, 1966)
  • Pamela Graham's Australian bushrangers series - Felons on the run; Hanged, shot or exiled; The bolters; Bail up!; The lure of gold and End of an era
    (South Yarra, Vic. : Macmillan Education, 1999)
  • Back to the best interests of the child : towards a rebuttable presumption of joing custody, a paper
    (Adelaide : Child Support Action Group, 1995)
  • The Big company / B.F. Hutchings - a book about life at Bundure Station, Jerilderie and working for the New Zealand and Australian Land Company by the late Fred Hutchings
    ([Riverina: The Author], 1998)
  • A Brief look at recidivism from Brookway Park / J.C. McEwen
    (Adelaide: The Department of Social Welfare
  • Floral patterns for embroiderers and cake decorators/ Nicholas Lodge
    (East Roseville, NSW : Simon & Schuster, 1991)
  • Green pages : directory of non-government environmental groups in Australia
    (Hawthorn, VIC : Australian Conservation Foundation, 1978)
  • John Perceval : Williamstown and other images
    (South Yarra,Vic: The Galleries, 1989)
  • Linda Jackson: an icon of Australian fashion
    (Mulgrave, Vic: The Images Publishing Group, 2000)
  • Nector sprinkles on Australia / [lectures by] Bhaktiveda?nta Na?ra?yan?a Gosva?mi? Maha?ra?ja
    (Mathura?, India : Gaudiya Vedanta Publications, [1998])

Australiana, 1901-1950

  • Australian cricket tours to New Zealand
    "Only Test" souvenier programme, international cricket Australia v New Zealand, Basin Reserve, Wellington March 29-30 and 1-2 April 1946 and the official programme from the 1949-1950 Australia v Wellington match, also at the Basin Reserve, 1, 3 and 4 April 1950.
  • Amazing refugee / Enid Lorimer, i.e. May Enid Bosworth Nunn, OAM (1887-1982)
    (London : J.M. Ouseley, [1924])
  • Cricket and football : rhymes, sketches anecdotes, etc. of Albert Craig, the "Surrey Poet" (London : Cricket and Sports Publishers, Ltd. [1910] - has some Australian content
  • Democracy on trial, and other essays / Frederick A.W. Gisborne
    (London : Longmans, Green, 1928)
  • The Flying Jockey: A Story of Racing and War / Ernest Charles Buley
    (London: Mills and Boon, 1919)
  • The Honour of the station / Will H. Ogilvie
    (London : Holden & Hardingham, 1914)
  • The Insane root: a romance of a strange country / by Mrs. Campbell Praed
    (London : T. Fisher Unwin, 1902)
  • The Saga of Hans Hansen / Oscar Asche
    (London : Hurst & Blackett, 1930)
  • Stubble before the wind
    (London : J. Long, 1908)
  • To commemorate the visit of His Royal Highness, Prince Henry, Duke of Glocester, Knight of the Garter, Knight of the Thistle, Knight of St. Patrick, Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, Personal Aide-de-Camp to His Majesty the King
    (Pinjarra, WA : Fairbridge Farm School, [1934] )
  • The Wayward fern / Annina E. Highfield
    (Brisbane, QLD : The Read Press Ltd, 1930)
  • Why the sphinx smiles / by Ethel Knight Kelly
    (London : John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1925 )

Australiana to 1900

Australian printed music

The Library's collection of printed music is particularly strong in Australian music, with an outstanding collection of nineteenth century materials. A largely comprehensive collection of 20th century music published in or relating to Australia continues to be built.

There are some pieces of 19th and early 20th century sheet music that the National Library does not have in its collection, and would like to acquire:

  • Australis, or, The City of zero
    - "an entirely original, musical and spectacular, pantomimic extravaganza of the future" / written and staged for Federation 1900/01, with music by Bernard Espinasse and script by J.C. Williamson

We are currently targeting Australian music, both published and unpublished. For example, in addition to music composed for Federation events we are missing three songs composed in 1932 about the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a song composed by Don Bradman in 1931 with words by Jack Lumsdaine Every day is a rainbow day for me, a 1930s revue by Jack O'Hagan Tout Paree, an opera Gerada by Dudley Glass, published 19th century Australian music such as the Seventy seventh galop by Cavallini, and contemporary Australian operas.

If you can find any of the items listed below, you could help us by donating them to the Library or simply letting us know of their whereabouts.

  • Adelaide fanfare / Malcolm Williamson
    (London: Josef Weinberger, c1973)
  • Ancient Hebrew melodies / Joseph Reichenberg (or Richenberg), 1845
  • Australian quadrilles / Joseph Reichenberg (or Richenberg), 1826
  • Australis, or, The city of zero : an entirely original musical and spectacular pantomomic extravaganza of the future :  written and staged for Federation 1900/01 / with music by Bernard Espinasse ;  and script by J.C. Williamson
  • Bridge song / composed by Betty Newell, 1932
  • Bridge two-step : the latest dancing craze / words by John L. Bepper ; music by Nicholas Robins. 
    (Australia : John Bepper, c1932)
  • Busker's story / Alison Bauld
    (London: Novello, c1974)
  • Butcher-baronet, or The Wagga Wagga mystery : a new and original musical burletta in three acts / by Frank Hutchinson
    (Wagga Wagga, NSW : Advertiser Printing Office, 1871)
  • Canberra fanfare / Malcolm Williamson
    (London: Josef Weinberger, c1973)
  • Concerto for Bernadette ; concerto for piano accordion, piano and strings / by Michael J. Easton.
  • Courtship : song  / written and composed by R.A.A. Stoneham and C. J. De Garis - "F.F.F. : an Australian Musical Comedy"—Cover..
    (Melbourne : Melola Phonograph & Publishing Co., [19--])
  • Every day is a rainbow day for me / composed by Don Bradman ; words by Jack Lumsdaine.
  • Federation musical album
  • Fontainbleau fanfare / Malcolm Williamson
    (London: Josef Weinberger, c1981)
  • Gerda : opera / Dudley Glass
  • Hail Australia! : a patriotic song / composed by Alberto Zelman
  • Harbour Bridge : musical skit / John Henry and Gladys Horridge, 1931
  • Hobarton quadrilles / Joseph Reichenberg (or Richenberg), 1828
  • Josephian Hymn (on prayer and Divine Love) / music arranged by Monsr. Gautrot ; words by J. J. Published by Therry
    Hobart Town : T. Bluett, 1844)
  • Icy mirror / Malcolm Williamson ; text by Ursula Vaughan
    (London: Josef Weinberger, c1972)
  • In a dead brown land : a dramatic pastoral / by Alison Bauld
    (London: Novello, c1974)
  • In thanksgiving - Sir Bernard Heinz / Malcolm Williamson, 1982
  • Lucky-Peter's journey : a comedy with music / by Malcolm Williamson ; libretto by Edmund Travey ; based upon a fairy-tale play by August Stringberg
    (London: Weinberger, c1969)
  • May the grace of Christ : 4 part canon : in Sound the bamboo / Colin Brumby
    (Manila : CCA, 1900)
  • Mirror : fur zwei floten / Felix Werder
    (Frankfurt : Musikverlag Zimmermann, c1988)
  • Mr Nightingale : an operetta for junior schools / by June Epstein
    (Melbourne : Allans Music Australia, c1978)
  • Music for wind band / Don Banks
    (Published by Schott, 1971)
  • Next year in Jerusalem : for high voices and orchestra / Malcolm Williamson ; poems of Jorge Luis Borges
    (Buntingford, Hers. : Campion Press, [198-])
  • Oh, come and worship / words by Juliet Hoey ; music by Colin Brumby
    ([Minneapolis, Minn.] : Augsburg Fortress, 1990)
  • Overland mail : galop / composed by Charles D'Albert
    (Sydney : J.R. Clarke, 356 George Street, [18--])
  • Procession of psalms /  Malcolm Williamson
    (London : Josef Weinberger, c1965)
  • Postludium / William Lovelock ; edited by Martin Shaw
    (London : Cramer, c1939)
  • Psalm 117, O praise the Lord / Colin Brumby.
    ([U.S.] : Augsburg Fortress, 1991)
  • Pumpkin 1 / music and text by Alison Bauld
    (London : Novello, c1974)
  • Richmond fanfare / Malcolm Williamson
    (London: Josef Weinberger, c1980)
  • Ride! Ride! : a musical based on a story about John Wesley / lyrics Alan Thornhill ; music Penelope Thwaites ; arrangements Will Reed
    (London: Marshall, Morgan & Scott, c1976)
  • Rondel : fur viola und clavier (1979) / Vivienne Olive
    (Darmstadt : Tonos, 1990 )
  • Sleeping 'neath the veldt : descriptive song / words & music by Alf. Graham
    (Sydney : W.H. Paling, [190-})
  • Smithy king of the air / Richard Barry Lloyd
    (Sydney? : Chappell & Co. 1935)
  • Sonata for flute and piano / Keith Humble
    (New York : John Wion, c1994)
  • Song of the Ashes : the great cricket hit / words by F. T. Wrightson ; music by Alfred J Hodges
    (York, England : Hodges Studio, 1926)
  • Song of the bridge / words by Walter T Bourke : music by Percy Davies. 1932
  • Song of the great bridge / composed by Albert Cazabon. 1932
  • True to the core / Alfred. Plumpton & J. Packer
    (London Charles Sheard, 1868)


In early 2008, a search and rescue campaign was launched by Australian Newspaper Plan (ANPlan) libraries to recruit the help of the public to find newspapers which are missing from the ANPlan library collections; and raise public awareness of the role of libraries in collecting, preserving and providing access to Australian newspapers.

There have been some great finds but the hunt is still on for Australian's missing newspapers. If you can help, ANPlan libraries in the relevant jurisdictions would like to hear from you

Magazines and journals

Does your home have Australian style? Do you read Elle (Australian edition)? Are your bookshelves bending under the weight of Gardening Australia? The National Library collects these and thousands of other magazines that are published in Australia. The publishers provide them to the Library free of charge under the legal deposit provisions of the Copyright Act, 1968. There are times, however, when issues are missed, lost or damaged and this results in gaps in the Library's collection. With shorter print runs and the passage of time, the Library finds it increasingly difficult to obtain replacement copies of missing issues.