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It's all politics

A selection from the Library's collection of election posters

With the Federal election approaching, why not learn more about political history with our newly launched guide to Politics in New South Wales.  Using this guide you can discover biographies of your local MP, or browse digitised images of political cartoons. The guide also provides links to some important manuscript collections, such as records of the major political parties or the personal papers of past members of parliament. Also covered in the guide are political organisations, journalism and alternative groups, such as the New Australia colonists and the Rainbow Archives. 

The State Library has a rich and unique set of collections that you’re welcome to explore. Here’s a handy guide on how to access them. 

Hot Topics

You can also find detailed information on voting and elections in our Hot Topics series. Hot Topics: Voting and elections, has been recently updated by Professor Rodney Smith, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney.  The 2016 changes to the Senate ballot have been included, and the statistics have been updated throughout the publication.  

Can you help us collect election material?

Help us ensure this significant event is documented in the Library's collection. Help us with collecting:

  • how to vote cards
  • posters
  • flyers
  • badges
  • stickers
  • magnets
  • mail outs

We're also capturing election related websites and social media (parties, candidates, interest groups, issues).

If there's a website, social media account, hashtag, issue, subject you think we should be collecting let us know at

Learn more about collecting material for the federal election including where to send material that you've collected.