Natural world

The TAL & Dai-ichi Life Derby Collection

This extraordinary collection of natural history illustrations contains 745 watercolours in six volumes, the collection conveys Europe’s naïve yet genuine sense of wonder at Australia’s unique natural history.

The Wallis album

The discovery and acquisition of a fascinating album compiled by Captain James Wallis reveals the artistic collaborations between a commandant and a convict.

Through Darwin's eyes

Australia played an important role in Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Splendid Species

The Library is delighted to announce the complete digitisation of its renowned "pattern" set of 681 folio-sized plates for  'The Birds of Australia' by John Gould. 

Planting Dreams: audio guides

Hear Jonathan Jones, Bruce Pascoe and Richard Aitken share their thoughts about some of the items on display in Planting Dreams

River dreams

Bold plans to transform the Cooks River in Sydney are reflected in the Library's collection.

The modern garden

Outstanding gardens are revealed by leading photographers in a new exhibition.

Alec Chisholm: bush naturalist and benign nationalist

Alec Chisholm (1890–1977) was once famous in Australia. Although that’s no longer so, he’s a man worth remembering.

Australian agricultural and rural life

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

Record catch: 80 years of east coast fishing

Merging history and science, a Library fellowship tracked 80 years of fishing off the east coast of Australia.

Mysterious leaves from the past

Historical discoveries from the Library's collections.

Antarctica: Frank Hurley

As the official photographer on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, Frank Hurley provided a remarkable record of the dangers and heroism of Antarctic exploration in the early twentieth century.