Online Catalogues

Australian literature

Australian literature

A selection of Australian literature including both colonial and twentieth century prose and poetry, and a choice of children’s books and early educational material. Some curious items from our extensive stock include literature celebrating early maritime discoveries in Australia and the Pacific, and a handful of utopias set in the southern land.

 

New Zealand History

New Zealand History

A good selection on the history of New Zealand from our extensive stock.

The nature of this material varies considerably – from small provincial printings to grand voyage publications of the eighteenth century (including Marion Dufresne, Cook and Surville). We have included relatively obscure material on the development of New Zealand society throughout the nineteenth century – with special focus on early settlement, the Wakefield colonization project, land claims, the Maori Wars and curious parochial accounts. Amidst this rich historical selection are highlights including some very rare books, notably Savage’s Account of New Zealand (1807) and Kendall’s Grammar and Vocabulary of the Language of New Zealand (1820). 

Northern Australia

Northern Australia

Early exploration and settlement in the tropical North, including the ill-fated Port Essington settlement and later attempts promoted by the government of South Australia. Of special interest are two portraits, the first being an early watercolour of Augustus Leopold Kuper who served as an officer at Port Essington. The second is an photographic study circa 1855 of Captain Montagu Frederick O’Reilly, who navigated northern Australian waters during 1839.