A large number of shipwrecks have occurred on the coasts of Australia and New Zealand over the years, many of which have been passenger or immigrant ships destined for an Australasian port.
The Library's collections include many works on the histories of Australian wrecks in general and to specific wrecks in particular - some from the perspectives of survivors.
Some of the more 'famous' catastrophes to occur on Australian coasts were to the following vessels:
- Cataraqui (VIC - 1845)
- Dunbar (NSW - 1857)
- Loch Ard (VIC - 1878)
- Ly-ee-Moon (NSW - 1886)
- Quetta (QLD - 1890)
- Yongala (QLD - 1911)
A number of websites exist that provide details of wrecks and of their crews and passengers, including:
Historic ships database
Microfilm & other published material
- Encyclopedia of Australian shipwrecks : and other maritime incidents, including vessels lost overseas, merchant ships lost at war, and those lost on inland waters, together with a bibliography of vessel entries
Encyclopedia and bibliography of Australian shipwrecks and other maritime incidents
- Dictionary of Disasters at Sea During the Age of Steam, including Sailing Ships and Ships of War Lost in Action, 1824-1962
Two volumes dealing mainly with the loss of merchant ships in peace and war. A number of naval casualties are also described.
RF 910.453 H685 (open access)
- Shipping Losses and Casualties Concerning Australia and New Zealand. 2003.
Covers wrecks or serious damage to ships owned in Australia or New Zealand, where ever they occurred. Extensive coverage from early colonial period to the 1970s and some up to present day. In two volumes.