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HIST 490/646 Discovery and Colonisation of Australia

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Papers of Sir Joseph Banks (also available on microfiche: History of Science and Technology. Series Two: The Papers of Sir Joseph Banks, 1743-1820)
Papers of Lord Sandwich, 1718-1792Papers of Sir Edmund Barton, etc.
Trove: Diaries, Archives, Letters

Finding Primary Sources in the Library Catalogue

Search in the Library Catalogue and include subject keywords that describe the type of document, such as: 

  • diaries, letters, 
    correspondence, personal narratives
  • speeches, addresses 
  • documents, sources

Keyword: Australia and (coloni$ or pioneer$) and (letters or correspondence or personal narratives or sources)

Search in the Library Catalogue for a historical figure as an author, ie:
Author: Flinders, Matthew, 1774-1814
Author: Chisholm, Caroline


To find books that are collections of primary sources, search  for keywords that describe your topic, combined with subject keywords such as sources, documents, diaries, etc.

 Example Searches:

Subject: sources or correspondence or diaries or letters
Subject: history and Australia

Keyword: Van Diemen's Land
Subject: sources or correspondence or diaries or letters


Find Government Information

Library Guide to Government Information 

Library guide to British Government Information

Find Newspaper Articles

Trove: Historical Newspapers and more

Gale News Vault
Covers Newspaper collections from the 17th through 21s centuries