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Australian and New Zealand Collections

We have the largest collection on Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands in the UK. From early colonial texts through to contemporary literature, the monograph collections cover a broad range of humanities, social science and general interest topics.

The Library holds copies of the first books to be published in Australia and New Zealand and many significant works from the early days of publishing in these countries. (Read more about the history of these collections.) The Library also holds manuscripts, official publications, sound recordings and philatelic collections from the region.

Finding Australian and New Zealand resources in the British Library

Electronic and Internet resources

History of the Australian and New Zealand collections


'Governor's House, Sydney'

'Governor's House, Sydney', 1800, from Journal kept on board the Minerva Transport from Ireland to New South Wales, 1798-1800, BL shelfmark Add. 13880.

Portrait of a New Zealand man

'Portrait of a New Zealand man', 1769, from A collection of drawings made in the countries visited by Captain Cook in his first voyage 1768-1771',


Nicholas Martland
Australia and New Zealand Curator
The British Library
96 Euston Road
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7616
Fax: +44 (0)20 7412 7641