Australian War Memorial
Archives of Australia
State Library of
State Library of
State Library of
Australian War Memorial's collections reflect Australia's contribution to armed
conflicts all over world: colonial wars in New Zealand and the Sudan, the Boer
War, the suppression of the Boxer uprising in China, the First and Second World
Wars, the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency, Indonesian Confrontation, Vietnam,
the Gulf War, and peacekeeping operations including East Timor.
million images are held in the
Collection, and 200,000 are available online. Many of the photographs were
taken by more than 200 official war and service photographers. A few of these,
like Frank Hurley, Hubert Wilkins and Damien Parer, became household names.
Some, including Parer, George Dick and Tom Fisher, were killed carrying out
their work. Many other photographs have been donated by servicemen and
servicewomen or by their families.
Included in the
collection are images of the following subjects:
- individual and
group portraits of military and support personnel
- battle scenes
technology such as planes, ships and tanks
installations, hospitals, cemeteries, churches, points of embarkation
- Allied and enemy
soldiers and local civilians
- scenes of the
Archives of Australia has a vast number of photographs created in the process
of government, some of which predate Federation. One of the most significant
and wide ranging collections consists of photographs produced by the Australian
Overseas Information Service which was involved in the promotion of the
Australian lifestyle and Australian events overseas, particularly to intending
migrants. The photographs in the collection portray everyday Australian life
and include subjects such as people, places, events, festivals, fauna, flora,
health, agriculture and industry.
Archives PhotoSearch database contains information on 125,000 images, mainly
from the Australian Overseas Information Service collection. Over 7,000 of the
images listed are available for viewing through PhotoSearch and
PictureAustralia. The National Archives is progressively adding images to
National Library of Australia
Library Pictorial Collection contains art works and photographs that document
Australian history and society, including portraits of Australians of national
significance. Art works and photographs relating to Papua New Guinea,
Antarctica and the Pacific are also held. Of the total Pictorial Collection of
over 600,000 items, 26,000 have been digitised. Direct access to digitised
items from the National Library's Pictorial Collection is available through
Library of New South Wales' historical and documentary pictorial collections
held in the Mitchell and Dixson Libraries include 1.1 million paintings,
drawings, photographs, realia, posters and architectural plans. These
unrivalled collections depict life and scenes in NSW from the earliest days of
colonisation to the present. PictureAustralia provides access to 270,000
digitised images from eight significant photographic collections. Images from
other parts of the collections will be progressively added. Access to records
for other pictorial collections and manuscript material processed since 1992 is
provided through PICMAN,
the Library's on-line original materials catalogue.
Library of Tasmania's heritage resources are held in four Heritage
Library holds mainly published material (books and pamphlets, maps,
postcards, posters and printed ephemera) relating to Tasmania.
Allport Library and Museum
of Fine Arts has rich holdings of rare books, works of art, prints,
photographs, manuscripts and decorative arts. Most of the visual material is
nineteenth-century Tasmanian works, with members of the Allport family strongly
Library has similarly wide-ranging collections relating largely to
Tasmania, but also to other subject areas such as the history of whaling and
medical history. Again, the visual material is largely Colonial.
Local Studies Library holds printed, manuscript and photographic material
relating to northern Tasmania.
The 3,000 images
already available on the State Library's 'Images from the Heritage Collections'
web site include:
- All of the
original paintings, drawings and sketches in the Heritage
- Some (but not
yet all) of the Library's collections of photographs
- The JWB Murphy
Collection of posters advertising theatrical, film and sporting performances in
Hobart from 1896 to 1920
- Tasmanian images
in the Picturesque atlas of Australasia (1886) and the Jubilee history of
- A selection of
scrimshaw pieces which are held in the WL Crowther Library.
- A selection of
early nineteenth-century Tasmanian paper currency Full bibliographical records
for all items are included on the 'Images' web site as well as in the Library's
The work of
digitising and cataloguing the Library's pictorial resources is continuing.
Material to be added to the 'Images' site includes:
photographs from the Allport and Crowther collections
illustrations from significant Tasmanian works of history and
- Tasmanian apple-
and pear-case labels from the Tasmaniana Library
- Decorative arts
(silver, porcelain, glass and furniture) from the Allport
- The Tasmaniana
Library's postcard collection
- Photographs from
the Launceston Local Studies Library.
Library of Victoria's Picture Collection forms a comprehensive visual record of
the state and its people. The 650,000 images in the Collection constitute the
oldest visual historical collection in Australia, illustrating the development
of Victoria from the 1850s to the 1990s. Also included are some interstate and
Of the Library's
Picture Collection, over 160,000 images have been digitised and made available
online via the Library's Multimedia Catalogue. The
Multimedia Catalogue also contains some images from the Australian manuscripts,
map, rare books and other special collections.
The scope of the
Library's digitised content covers a diverse range of themes and collections.
Content includes such subject areas as Melbourne and Victorian street scenes,
buildings, ships, country views, costume, flora and fauna, portraits,
Australian Aborigines, political and social events particularly of the
nineteenth century, aerial views of Melbourne, factory interiors, domestic
architecture, furniture, household goods and appliances, topographical,
geological, botanical, agricultural and mining scenes, Federation commemorative
arches and Boer War celebrations.
information about the scope of the State Library of Victoria's digitised
content can be found on the
of Queensland Library delivers customer focused information products, services
and programs that are integrated with, and central to, the University's
teaching, learning and research activities. The Library's customers include
undergraduates, postgraduates, academic and general staff, and members of
hospitals, institutes and research centres associated with the University.
Other universities and the wider community are significant clients.
effectiveness of the Library in service delivery is strongly influenced by the
effective implementation of information technology. The Library uses the term
Cybrary to describe its combination of physical space and cyberspace and its
integration of printed and electronic resources.
Fryer Library is one of the
Library's 14 branches. It has extensive Australian studies resources in its
collections of books, journals, personal papers and photographs. Photographs
included in the collection depict:
- Queensland -
people and places
- University of
Queensland - buildings, staff and students, sporting activities
writers - from the personal papers of Australian writers in the Library's
- Theatre - from
the records of Brisbane theatre companies in the Library's manuscript
The Library has
an ongoing commitment to digitise its historical collections as well as other
collections used for University teaching and research purposes. These projects
are described in Digital Developments at
the University of Queensland Library.