Stories Featured stories PopularShow AllPopularShow AllPopular Search Topic AnyAbout the State LibraryArt and cultureBehind the scenesCollection itemCurrent exhibitionDiscoveryHistoryIndigenousNatural worldPartnershipsPeopleAnyAbout the State LibraryArt and cultureBehind the scenesCollection itemCurrent exhibitionDiscoveryHistoryIndigenousNatural worldPartnershipsPeople Topic Format AudioBlogImageIn DepthQuick ReadsVideoAudioBlogImageIn DepthQuick ReadsVideo Story Format Search Reset All Burke and Wills Discovery People Partnerships As white settlement in Australia progressed, rumours abounded in the coastal cities as to what lay in the country’s largely unexplored centre. Lasseter's lost reef Discovery Natural world People Partnerships Nothing captures the Australian imagination quite like the thought of striking it lucky. So it’s no surprise one of our greatest legends involves a search for a mysterious vein of gold. Captain Cook’s voyages of discovery Discovery People Partnerships Terra Australis Incognita – the unknown southern land. The existence (or not) of this mysterious, mythical place had been puzzled over since it was first hypothesised by the ancient Greeks and Romans Leichhardt’s continental treks Discovery People Partnerships On an expedition to cross the Australian continent from East to West, the celebrated explorer Ludwig Leichhardt (1813-1848) and his party disappeared. The convict experience Discovery People Partnerships In nineteenth century England, the sentence for a variety of crimes was transportation to Australia, a harsh punishment with many convicts never seeing their homeland again. The Tasman Map Art and culture Discovery History About the State Library The story of the Tasman Map is a tale of mystery, discovery and a chance finding on the Nullarbor Plain. Crossing the Blue Mountains Discovery Natural world People Partnerships None of the settlers in Sydney knew what lay west of the Blue Mountains in the early 1800s. This vast natural barrier that stretched north and south beyond sight had thwarted all attempts to cross or go around it.