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Discover More

Explore the links below to discover related resources in the Library's collections and exhibitions and additional resources located in other institutions.

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Eora: Aboriginal Sydney 1770–1850

Provides an insight into Sydney and the local indigenous community in the years following the arrival of the Bèerewalgal, 'people from the clouds', in 1788.

The Papers of Sir Joseph Banks

An online collection of Sir Joseph Banks papers which are held in the Mitchell and Dixson collections at the State Library of New South Wales. These amount to approximately 10,000 manuscript pages and include correspondence and reports, invoices and accounts, journals, plus a small quantity of maps, charts and watercolours.

Matthew Flinders Collection

An archive of Matthew Flinders' personal papers — his journals, letterbooks, charts and memorabilia — held in the Mitchell Library, sponsored by Mr James Fairfax, AO.

Politics & Power: Bligh's Sydney Rebellion 1808

PDF guide to an exhibition held at the State Library to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the 1808 Rebellion. The exhibition ran from January to April 2008.

Convicts: bound for Australia

This research guide takes you to key resouces that document the early life of convicts and their transportation to Australia.

George Raper Collection at the National Library of Australia

The National Library's online collection of George Raper's maps, drawings and manuscripts he created on board the HMS Sirius.

First Fleet Artwork Collection

Three collections of drawings and watercolours held at the Natural History Museum in London. The George Raper Collection, the Thomas Watling Collection and the Port Jackson Painter Collection comprise 629 digitised images of Aboriginal people, the environment and wildlife found by the British on arrival in New South Wales.

Journal of Arthur Bowes Smyth, 22 March 1787 - 8 August, 1789

Manuscript journal held in the National Library of Australia's collection.

Education kit developed in collaboration with the Centre for Learning Innovation. Teachers and students can investigate further the original letters, diaries and drawings by people of the First Fleet as they attempt to describe their new surroundings and the people living there.

The Library Shop

The Library Shop has a selection of fine art reproductions of photographs, maps, oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and panoramas from the Library's collections available for purchase.

The William Bradley images are available as high quality digital inkjet prints on heavyweight archival paper.

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