Maps & Charts

A sample of the cartographic delights held in the collection with a distinctly Australian flavour.

Date Range: 1541-1836

Ship Models

Notable ships of the Australian context in diminutive form.

Date Range: 1768-1890

Maritime Paintings

Vessels and locations of the colony, captured in time and colour.

Date Range: 1793-1849


Handwritten and printed documents linked to personalities and events from first contact to early colonial years.

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Commemorative Medallions

The European exploration of Australia and early pioneering years commemorated.

Date Range: 1619-1880


Notable personalities instrumental in Australia's early colonial history and development.

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Indigenous History

Artefacts & early contact colonial impressions of the region's indigenous peoples.

Date Range: 1800-1950

Landscape Paintings

Rare and detailed glimpses of the early colonial Australian natural and built landscape.

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Bound volumes of personal notes and official publications from early exploratory voyages to and settlement in Australia.

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Numismatics from the early colonial era and notable shipwrecks in Australian waters.

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Special edition prints - aquatints and mezzotints - of well known paintings in the Australian context.

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Objects from land and shipwrecks in Australian waters relevant to the colonial history of Australia and the Foundation's work.

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