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Religion, church & missions in Australia

This story examines the fascinating history and impact of religious beliefs, practices and institutions on the development of Australian society.

Aviation in Australia

Aviation in Australia traces the history of flight from its infancy through to the twentieth century. 

Australian Jewish community and culture

The Jewish community in Australia has made a significant contribution to the development of Australian society and culture since the establishment of the colony in 1788. 

Shakespeare 400

Commemorating the life and work of William Shakespeare and marking the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016.

Writing at Gallipoli

First hand accounts of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.

Australian agricultural and rural life

Images of the changing face of Australia’s rural landscape.

The Story of May Gibbs

May Gibbs, author, illustrator and cartoonist, has captured the hearts and imaginations of generations of Australians with her lovable bush characters and fairytale landscapes.

Crowd source

These “hidden camera” photos of Sydney street life from the 1880s instantly transport us back in time.

The Dixson map collection

Explore the extensive collection of 16th to 20th century maps donated by Sir William Dixson

Harry Seidler collection

Designs and photographs from Australia's best known modernist architect.

Thomas Livingstone Mitchell: mapmaker

A larger-than-life character whose passions included the study of fossils, poetry and the mechanical and scientific arts, Mitchell looms large in Australian colonial history.

Eureka! The rush for gold

The gold rushes and the diggers who worked the goldfields are etched into Australian folklore. Follow the story of the people who sought the glittering prize.

Francis Greenway: convict architect

Francis Greenway (1777- 1837) produced some of the finest colonial buildings in Australia.

Eora

Delve deep into the stories and lives of Indigenous Sydney before European settlement.

Bodyline cricket series, 1932-33

The controversial cricket series where England introduced an aggressive bowling style.