The National Library of Australia cares for the greatest collection about Australia and the Australian people anywhere in the world. Our comprehensive collection covers extremely rare items such as the journal of the HMS Endeavour, through to contemporary works that give us fascinating insights into the lives and events of Australians such as oral history interviews with Doris Pilkington, the author of Rabbit Proof Fence. The Library is an amazing treasure trove of books, manuscripts, maps, pictures, documents, oral histories and ephemera that vividly tells Australia’s stories.

While our collection is rich and deep and absorbing, we are always looking for more material to add to the collection. 

Your help allows us to build a national collection for future generations of Australians to use and enjoy. If you know the whereabouts of any of the items listed below, that is greatly appreciated. 

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  • Posters from the 2019-2020 Australian fire season depicting rotary and fixed wing aircraft
    (Auckland : Kia Kaha Media, 2020)
  • Zloglasni stasi : dokumenti in izpovedi obeh strani / Anna Funder
    (Trzic : Ucila International, 2005)
  • Zhashyl koi kaida? = Gde zhe zelenai︠a︡? ; Where is the green sheep? / Mem Fox, translated by Zhudi Khorasek
    (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Sonun Zher, 2009)
  • The application of a drought index system to Australian bushfire control / A.G. McArthur
    (Canberra : Forestry and Timber Bureau, 1966)
  • Pamela Graham's Australian bushrangers series - Felons on the run; Hanged, shot or exiled; The bolters; Bail up!; The lure of gold and End of an era
    (South Yarra, Vic. : Macmillan Education, 1999)
  • Back to the best interests of the child : towards a rebuttable presumption of joing custody, a paper
    (Adelaide : Child Support Action Group, 1995)
  • The Big company / B.F. Hutchings - a book about life at Bundure Station, Jerilderie and working for the New Zealand and Australian Land Company by the late Fred Hutchings
    ([Riverina: The Author], 1998)
  • A Brief look at recidivism from Brookway Park / J.C. McEwen
    (Adelaide: The Department of Social Welfare
  • Floral patterns for embroiderers and cake decorators/ Nicholas Lodge
    (East Roseville, NSW : Simon & Schuster, 1991)
  • Green pages : directory of non-government environmental groups in Australia
    (Hawthorn, VIC : Australian Conservation Foundation, 1978)
  • John Perceval : Williamstown and other images
    (South Yarra,Vic: The Galleries, 1989)
  • Linda Jackson: an icon of Australian fashion
    (Mulgrave, Vic: The Images Publishing Group, 2000)
  • Nector sprinkles on Australia / [lectures by] Bhaktiveda?nta Na?ra?yan?a Gosva?mi? Maha?ra?ja
    (Mathura?, India : Gaudiya Vedanta Publications, [1998])
  • Australian cricket tours to New Zealand
    "Only Test" souvenier programme, international cricket Australia v New Zealand, Basin Reserve, Wellington March 29-30 and 1-2 April 1946 and the official programme from the 1949-1950 Australia v Wellington match, also at the Basin Reserve, 1, 3 and 4 April 1950.
  • Amazing refugee / Enid Lorimer, i.e. May Enid Bosworth Nunn, OAM (1887-1982)
    (London : J.M. Ouseley, [1924])
  • Cricket and football : rhymes, sketches anecdotes, etc. of Albert Craig, the "Surrey Poet" (London : Cricket and Sports Publishers, Ltd. [1910] - has some Australian content
  • Democracy on trial, and other essays / Frederick A.W. Gisborne
    (London : Longmans, Green, 1928)
  • The Flying Jockey: A Story of Racing and War / Ernest Charles Buley
    (London: Mills and Boon, 1919)
  • The Honour of the station / Will H. Ogilvie
    (London : Holden & Hardingham, 1914)
  • The Insane root: a romance of a strange country / by Mrs. Campbell Praed
    (London : T. Fisher Unwin, 1902)
  • The Saga of Hans Hansen / Oscar Asche
    (London : Hurst & Blackett, 1930)
  • Stubble before the wind
    (London : J. Long, 1908)
  • To commemorate the visit of His Royal Highness, Prince Henry, Duke of Glocester, Knight of the Garter, Knight of the Thistle, Knight of St. Patrick, Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, Personal Aide-de-Camp to His Majesty the King
    (Pinjarra, WA : Fairbridge Farm School, [1934] )
  • The Wayward fern / Annina E. Highfield
    (Brisbane, QLD : The Read Press Ltd, 1930)
  • Why the sphinx smiles / by Ethel Knight Kelly
    (London : John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1925 )
  • Butcher-baronet, or, The Wagga Wagga mystery : a new and original musical burletta in three acts / by Frank Hutchinson
  • (Wagga Wagga, NSW : Advertiser Printing Office, 1871)
  • Boys of the world: a journal for prince and peasant / Edwin Brett
    (London : Edwin J. Brett, 1869-1870)
  • The Brother of the shadow: a mystery of to-day / Rosa Praed
    (George Routledge & Sons, 1886)
  • Catalogue of the exhibits in the Queensland Mining Court, Queensland International Exhibition, 1897 / by R.L. Jack
    (Edmund Gregory, Govt. Printer 1897)
  • The Parent's assistant, or, Stories for children / Maria Edgeworth
    (London :printed for J. Johnson, 1796) - 1st edition
  • "The Right Honourable": a romance of society and politics / Justin McCarthy, MP and Mrs Campbell-Praed
    (London : Chatto & Windus, 1886)
  • Sketches of human manners : delineated in stories intended to illustrate the characters, religion, and singular customs, of the inhabitants of different parts of the world / Priscilla Wakefield
    (London : [Darton & Harvey], 1807) - 1st edition
  • Winning a wife in Australia: a story drawn from actual experiences and illustrative of life in the present day in the Antipodes / A. Donnison
    (Sydney, NSW : Dymock's Book Arcade, 1894)
  • Australis, or, The City of zero
    - "an entirely original, musical and spectacular, pantomimic extravaganza of the future" / written and staged for Federation 1900/01, with music by Bernard Espinasse and script by J.C. Williamson
  • Adelaide fanfare / Malcolm Williamson
    (London: Josef Weinberger, c1973)
  • Ancient Hebrew melodies / Joseph Reichenberg (or Richenberg), 1845
  • Australian quadrilles / Joseph Reichenberg (or Richenberg), 1826
  • Australis, or, The city of zero : an entirely original musical and spectacular pantomomic extravaganza of the future :  written and staged for Federation 1900/01 / with music by Bernard Espinasse ;  and script by J.C. Williamson
  • Bridge song / composed by Betty Newell, 1932
  • Bridge two-step : the latest dancing craze / words by John L. Bepper ; music by Nicholas Robins. 
    (Australia : John Bepper, c1932)
  • Busker's story / Alison Bauld
    (London: Novello, c1974)
  • Butcher-baronet, or The Wagga Wagga mystery : a new and original musical burletta in three acts / by Frank Hutchinson
    (Wagga Wagga, NSW : Advertiser Printing Office, 1871)
  • Canberra fanfare / Malcolm Williamson
    (London: Josef Weinberger, c1973)
  • Concerto for Bernadette ; concerto for piano accordion, piano and strings / by Michael J. Easton.
  • Courtship : song  / written and composed by R.A.A. Stoneham and C. J. De Garis - "F.F.F. : an Australian Musical Comedy"—Cover..
    (Melbourne : Melola Phonograph & Publishing Co., [19--])
  • Every day is a rainbow day for me / composed by Don Bradman ; words by Jack Lumsdaine.
  • Federation musical album
  • Fontainbleau fanfare / Malcolm Williamson
    (London: Josef Weinberger, c1981)
  • Gerda : opera / Dudley Glass
  • Hail Australia! : a patriotic song / composed by Alberto Zelman
    (Melbourne)
  • Harbour Bridge : musical skit / John Henry and Gladys Horridge, 1931
  • Hobarton quadrilles / Joseph Reichenberg (or Richenberg), 1828
  • Josephian Hymn (on prayer and Divine Love) / music arranged by Monsr. Gautrot ; words by J. J. Published by Therry
    Hobart Town : T. Bluett, 1844)
  • Icy mirror / Malcolm Williamson ; text by Ursula Vaughan
    (London: Josef Weinberger, c1972)
  • In a dead brown land : a dramatic pastoral / by Alison Bauld
    (London: Novello, c1974)
  • In thanksgiving - Sir Bernard Heinz / Malcolm Williamson, 1982
  • Lucky-Peter's journey : a comedy with music / by Malcolm Williamson ; libretto by Edmund Travey ; based upon a fairy-tale play by August Stringberg
    (London: Weinberger, c1969)
  • May the grace of Christ : 4 part canon : in Sound the bamboo / Colin Brumby
    (Manila : CCA, 1900)
  • Mirror : fur zwei floten / Felix Werder
    (Frankfurt : Musikverlag Zimmermann, c1988)
  • Mr Nightingale : an operetta for junior schools / by June Epstein
    (Melbourne : Allans Music Australia, c1978)
  • Music for wind band / Don Banks
    (Published by Schott, 1971)
  • Next year in Jerusalem : for high voices and orchestra / Malcolm Williamson ; poems of Jorge Luis Borges
    (Buntingford, Hers. : Campion Press, [198-])
  • Oh, come and worship / words by Juliet Hoey ; music by Colin Brumby
    ([Minneapolis, Minn.] : Augsburg Fortress, 1990)
  • Overland mail : galop / composed by Charles D'Albert
    (Sydney : J.R. Clarke, 356 George Street, [18--])
  • Procession of psalms /  Malcolm Williamson
    (London : Josef Weinberger, c1965)
  • Postludium / William Lovelock ; edited by Martin Shaw
    (London : Cramer, c1939)
  • Psalm 117, O praise the Lord / Colin Brumby.
    ([U.S.] : Augsburg Fortress, 1991)
  • Pumpkin 1 / music and text by Alison Bauld
    (London : Novello, c1974)
  • Richmond fanfare / Malcolm Williamson
    (London: Josef Weinberger, c1980)
  • Ride! Ride! : a musical based on a story about John Wesley / lyrics Alan Thornhill ; music Penelope Thwaites ; arrangements Will Reed
    (London: Marshall, Morgan & Scott, c1976)
  • Rondel : fur viola und clavier (1979) / Vivienne Olive
    (Darmstadt : Tonos, 1990 )
  • Sleeping 'neath the veldt : descriptive song / words & music by Alf. Graham
    (Sydney : W.H. Paling, [190-})
  • Smithy king of the air / Richard Barry Lloyd
    (Sydney? : Chappell & Co. 1935)
  • Sonata for flute and piano / Keith Humble
    (New York : John Wion, c1994)
  • Song of the Ashes : the great cricket hit / words by F. T. Wrightson ; music by Alfred J Hodges
    (York, England : Hodges Studio, 1926)
  • Song of the bridge / words by Walter T Bourke : music by Percy Davies. 1932
  • Song of the great bridge / composed by Albert Cazabon. 1932
  • True to the core / Alfred. Plumpton & J. Packer
    (London Charles Sheard, 1868)
  • Australian journal of mining: AJM (ISSN 1037-0552)
    Issues sought: no. 65 (1992); no. 76 (1993); no. 88 (1994); nos. 100, 106-110 (1995); nos. 112, 114-116 (1996); nos. 122-124 (1996/97); vol. 14, no. 156 (2000)
  • Australian style (ISSN 1322-9559)
    Issues sought: nos. 3-4, 11-16, 18-19, 22, 27-28, 31, Vol. 2, issue 1 (Nov. 1999), nos. 46, 66
  • The Australian way (ISSN 0818-9161)
    Issues sought: Oct. 1992-June 1993, Mar. 1994, July 1996; Jan., June, Oct., Dec. 1997; Jan., July 1998
  • Avstralaziia
    Issues sought: All issues - only an imperfect copy of no. 2, 1934 is held.
  • Cricket: a magazine devoted exclusively to cricket
    Issues sought: Vol. 1, nos. 2-3 (1924/25), vol. 1, no. 5+
  • Elle (Australian edition)
    Issues sought: No. 7 (July 1990); no. 51 (May/June 1994); no. 107 (Jan. 1999)
  • Shares: your guide to Australia's best stocks (ISSN 1327-5798)
    Issues sought: Dec. 2000
  • The Picture: Australia's incredible new weekly (ISSN 1033-3258)
    Issues sought: Many issues missing - please check catalogue
  • Table & kitchen (ISSN 1321-3679)
    Issues sought: Aug./Sept. 1999
  • Wise's Western Australia post office directory
    Issues sought: 1938/39; 1948; 1950+