Covering topics such as convicts, aviation and early playbills, below are our most frequently asked questions about history.

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Captain Cook's Endeavour Journal open on display
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Can I see Captain Cook's Endeavour Journal?

Newspaper article reading: 'By permission of his excellency, for the benefit of J. Butler and W. Bryant. At the Theatre, Sydney, on Saturday, July 30, 1795, will be performed Jane Shore'.
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What is the earliest surviving Australian printed document?

Charles Kingsford Smith examining the propeller of a plane
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Where can I find a history of aviation in Australia?

Two coins
FAQ

How can I calculate the current value of old money?

Map showing Kokoda Track
FAQ

Is it Kokoda Trail or Kokoda Track?

Composite photograph with portraits of James Warner, Charles Ulm, Charles Kingsford Smith and Harry Lyon, superimposed over image of the Southern Cross Fokker monoplane surrounded by crowd of people
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Where can I find information on the First Trans-Pacific flight?

H.M.A.S. Sydney
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Where can I find information on the sinking of HMAS Sydney?

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How do I trace the history of my house?

Painting of Captain Arthur Phillip
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Where can I find a speech given by Captain Arthur Phillip on January 26 1788?

Sketch of William Bligh and crew with crowd of people
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What primary sources does the library hold on Pitcairn Island and the Bounty?