Directories and yearbooks provide useful sources of information for historical research.  Use the name of the industry plus the subject term 'directories' in the Browse Subject option of the online catalogue eg


Many periodicals are devoted to particular companies and industries.  Try the following subject terms in the online catalogue:

The Australian printed collections at the National Library contain substantial material which can support research into Australian companies. Use the online catalogue to find and retrieve material with your Library login.

Some of these publications have changed title numerous times over the years and each change of title has its own record in the catalogue. See the Former Title and Later Title sections of the catalogue record for information.

In addition to the general printed collections there are also some unique non print collections.

In our Reference Collection

You can find the following useful resources in our Main Reading Room. No call slip is required. Previous editions of these works are held in our book stacks.

Other printed publications

The following publications have now ceased or are no longer obtained by the Library yet they still contain valuable information for research into Australian companies.  They can be requested through our catalogue.

In our Microform Collection

From the Australian Graduate School of Management the Annual report file 'contains over 21,000 Australian and New Zealand company annual reports on microfiche.' Published between 1950-1994 the 'selection of companies to be included in the File is based on the top 500 Australian listed companies and the top 70 New Zealand listed companies by market capitalisation.' Although not comprehensive it is a useful supplement to the printed annual report collection.

In our Special Collections

In our Special Collections

Waller, Napier.  ([193-?]).  Study for B.H.P. mural, Australia House, London.

Our Special Collections contain much interesting material to support research into the history of companies in Australia.

The Pictures collections contain many fascinating photographs and images, for example the industrial photographs of Wolfgang Sievers.

The Manuscripts collections contain many unpublished records of Australian companies in all areas, including the arts and pastoral industries.

The Oral History and Folklore collection contains interviews with prominent men and women connected with Australian business such as Keith Williams.

Tags: Companies

 British to the core

Shiers, Chas. Buy Australian fruit [picture] : British to the core / Chas Shiers 193-?]


The big fella : the rise and rise of BHP Billiton

Thompson, Peter Alexander & Macklin, Robert. (2010). The big fella : the rise and rise of BHP Billiton. North Sydney, N.S.W : Random House Australia

Published company histories are very useful for research. Use the name of the company plus 'history' as subject terms in our online catalogue eg


Motor vehicle industry - GMH - Monaro, Nova

Motor vehicle industry - GMH - Monaro, Nova, : trade catalogues ephemera collected by the National Library of Australia]

The printed ephemera collection contains many fun and interesting pieces of material relating to companies in Australia.  Material includes advertising and promotional material, leaflets and catalogues.

Not sure where to start?