A feature of the collection is the number of contemporary photographs of Federation celebrations held by the Library. These include photograph albums of events in Sydney and Melbourne.

Sketch for opening of Federal Parliament, 1901 by Tom Roberts

The National Library collects pictorial material in order to document significant people, places and events in Australian history and society.   Formats include photographs, prints, drawings and cartoons. 

Catalogue search tips

In addition to using the name of an artist or photographer to find pictorial material in our catalogue, the Browse Subjects option can also be used.  Some examples of useful subject headings include:

 Keywords can also be used such as:

  • Federation Australia celebrations
  • Federal parliament 1901

 Use the 'Add limits' drop down menu to restrict your search to Pictures or National Library digitised material.


Cotton, H. (1900) Federation

  Government and politics History


Our Pictures Collection includes material in a wide variety of formats.

See our Using the Pictures collection page for more information on the use of this material.

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