Catalogue searches

Use the Browse function in the Catalogue to find general histories, bibliographies and encyclopedias relating to Australia. Example subject searches are:

The Main Reading Room Reference Collection

These titles are on open access in the Main Reading Room Reference Collection (see RF numbers to find items).

Information is presented chronologically from the estimated period of the first human contact of what is now Australia, to the present time. RFq 994 C557
Describes the history of Australia from the age of the dinosaurs to the present time, with more than 600 pictures and a bright and readable text. Rich in little-known facts about all aspects of Australian history. RF 994 M137
Can be used as a source of specific reference, to gain an overview, or to browse through events in Australian history. RFq 994 M173
12 volume set published to mark Australia’s Bicentenary in 1988, it takes a ‘slice’ view of history, examining Australia at 50 year intervals. Also available under individual titles; Main Reading Room reference collection RFq 994 A938 
Includes biographies of notable Australians, as well as the geology, flora, fauna and the history of Australia. RF 994.003 A938-6
Historical dictionary of Australia by James C. Docherty (2007)
Detailed chronology, introduction, appendixes, a bibliography and cross-referenced dictionary entries. RF 950.03 ASI no. 65

In print

These and other titles can be requested through the Catalogue .

A history of Australia by Mark Peel and Christina Twomey (2011) An issue-based history of Australia with a clear chronological narrative

Australia : a readers guide  edited by John Arnold (1996): a survey of books on Australia; over 1350 non-fiction titles in 10 broad categories.

Annual chronology covering Australian history since 1868. An account of news-making people and events of the day set in the context of the time. The latest issue is located in the Reference Collection at NLf 994.04 AUS

Electronic resources

Browse databases on our eResources pages. Databases may be freely available or by logging in with your Library card. Some are only accessible in the Library building.

Key items:

AUSCHRON - A Chronology of Australian Historic & Current Events: Provides a listing of significant events in Australian history with emphasis on current happenings, and covering all topics from politics and law to the arts and sport. Available inside the National Library of Australia building only.

Australian Public Affairs Full Text (APAFT): contains full text articles and indexed references from Australian journals in the social sciences and humanities. This resource commenced in print as the Australian Public Affairs Information Service or APAIS in 1945; online availability dates from 1978.

Informit e-Library :  humanities and social sciences: Provides access to full content from a range of journals, monographs and books, conference proceedings, research papers and reference materials. Registered users of the National Library can access this database from home.