Updated periodically, these listings give brief descriptions of some of the more significant items recently added to the National Library's collections. Included are new items for the printed, pictures, manuscript, oral history, map, Asian and online collections. 

See our June 2019 acquisition report and some recent highlights below.

Pictures

How can we sleep when our koalas are burning

In late 2019, Bettina Kaiser produced posters featuring koalas in response to personal fears around climate change and the suffering of the Australian landscape and wildlife.

Audio

Chrissa Keramidas interviewed by Michelle Potter

Chrissa Keramidas, recently spoke of her eminent career in the Australian Ballet in a rich interview with Michelle Potter, the National Library’s inaugural Curator of Dance.

Pictures

Garfish, 1770

Sydney Parkinson was the first European artist to set foot on Australian soil and among the first to portray the landscape, peoples and flora and fauna of the continent from direct observation.

Books

Nalinjiedi de hu huan = My Ngarrindjeri Calling

A series of titles published by Aboriginal Studies Press that have been translated and republished in China by Beijing Time Chinese Publishing House were acquired. The titles outline Australian Indigenous history, life and culture.

Manuscripts

The papers of A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson

The papers of A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson provide a ‘whole of life’ context to this remarkable Australian and offer rare insight into his writings, his interests and his personal life.

Maps

Teachers map of Victoria published by H E C Robinson in 1953

The Library has a wonderful collection of wall maps for use in schools, this teachers map of Victoria was published by H E C Robinson in 1953.

Recently acquired material may also be found by using the 'New items' tab in the Library's catalogue, or by browsing the New Book and journal displays in the Main Reading Room.

To find out more about how the Library acquires collection items read building our collections or contact the Collections Branch: email select@nla.gov.au