Library is trialling a new database until the end of June that may be of
interest to genealogists. It is Early Experiences in Australasia: Primary
Sources and Personal Narratives 1788–1901.
According to the vendor this database provides a unique and personal
view of events in the region from the arrival of the first settlers through to
Australian Federation at the close of the nineteenth century. Through
first-person accounts, including letters and diaries, narratives, and other
primary source materials, we are able to hear the voices of the time and
understand the experiences of those who took the great challenge in new lands.
the earliest settlers to convicts and free settlers and those who later
answered the call of the Gold Rush, these letters and diaries tell us about
life on ships and in settlements in a particularly intimate way.
Experiences in Australasia: Primary Sources and Personal Narratives 1788–1901
currently includes 33,776 pages of stories semantically indexed to allow users
to find stories of life in the new world. Browse by subjects, places, dates and
more. You can limit your advanced searches by author details, place written,
subjects discussed and more. The collection will continue to grow up to 100,000
pages. Currently live content is a combination of archival content and early
published works from around Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
you would like to try this database, please ask at the Library