New electronic resources – naval and military history
New South Wales residents can use their registered library card to access the latest eresources on naval and military history.
The latest issue of Signals, the quarterly periodical produced by the Australian National Maritime Museum, is available to view online. You can read about the history, purpose and misconceptions about ships’ figureheads in Erica McCarthy’s article “More than just a pretty face: Ships’ figureheads in 18th and 19th century Britain”. You could also read up on an archaeological team’s exploration of a mystery wreck located on the Great Barrier Reef or learn more about Australia’s ‘guiding lights’ - its lighthouses and lightships.
Sabretache, the journal and proceedings of the Military Historical Society of Australia, is also available to view online. In the latest issue, you can learn about the origins of the Beerburrum Soldier Settlement or the impact of war in the Pacific on Far North Queensland. The journal also contains reviews of the latest military history releases.
The State Library of NSW also provides access to a range of ebooks that New South Wales residents can read online or download to their devices. Some new titles include:
Please God send me a wreck: responses to shipwreck in a 19th century Australian community by Brad Duncan and Martin Gibbs.
Instruments of war: weapons and technologies that have changed history by Spencer C. Tucker.
If you need any assistance accessing our resources, you can Ask a Librarian.
Image: The Java, a warship of the Dutch East Indies, berthing with the Bridge as a background, 1930-32. Photograph by Ted Hood. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales:
Digital order no.: hood_02183.