This collection contains over 400 items about Australian exploration, history, natural history and anthropology, mostly from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
These books include many references to early contact with, and descriptions of, New Zealand and are an excellent research resource for historical, scientific and social subjects over the period covered.
- An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales: With Remarks on the Dispositions, Customs, Manners, &c. of the Native Inhabitants of that Country by David Collins. Editions from 1798 and 1804
- Historical Records of Australia. Series I. Governors’ Despatches to and from England Compiled by Frederick Watson. 13 volumes published from 1914 to 1925
- Historical Records of New South Wales. Seven volumes published from 1893 to 1901
- Twelve Years’ Wanderings in the British Colonies: From 1835 to 1847 by J.C. Byrne, 1848