A guide to researching the history of Victoria's foundation and early settlement based on published and digitised sources.
Australian autobiographical narratives: an annotated bibliography. Volume1, to 1850 by Kay Walsh and Joy Hooton is a fascinating and comprehensive guide to published Australian autobiographical writing dealing with the period to 1850.
Other sources contain potted biographies which can be useful in providing brief information on individuals in specific contexts. Other collections of biographies covering the period include:
The Library's Pictures Collection includes portraits of many of the early settlers and pioneers of Port Phillip such as Charles Joseph La Trobe and Georgiana McCrae.
Georgiana Huntly McCrae Mr Charles Joseph La Trobe, H81.20/1
Self-portrait aged 20, H89.181/3
Use the Pictures and photographs search on the catalogue and type in a name or keywords that describe what you are looking for. For more information on searching for pictures try our Picture research guide.
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