Pan-Pacific Areas

Area Studies

TAS LIB Reference Section: Area Studies

  • CIA World Factbook, Portals to the World, Länderinformationsportal, mit offenen Karten (videostream), Auswärtiges Amt, Department of State, etc.



TeAra Encyclopedia of New Zealand

  • Edited by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Offers a guide to the country’s peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society. Website also contains the full text of New Zealand's last official encyclopaedia, the 1966 Encyclopaedia of New Zealand.


Websites marketing Australia and New Zealand. Information on campaigns, statistics, marketing strategies etc.



Dictionary of New Zealand Biography

  • This site includes the collected biographies (approx. 3000) originally published in the printed Dictionary of New Zealand Biography series between 1990 and 2000, and in the parallel Maori-language series, Nga Tangata Taumata Rau.

Dictionary of Australian Biography

  • Over 10,000 articles on 11,237 persons (some articles are on more than one person) who were important in Australian history or who represent aspects of the Australian experience. All the articles have been taken from the hard-copy volumes of the ADB published between 1966 and 2005.

Cultural Studies

Docker, John. Race, Colour, and Identity in Australia and New Zealand Sydney: University of New South Wales, 2000. E-Book on NetLibrary (vpn -client necessary)

Documents: Maps, Images, and Texts


Australian Literary and Historical Texts (SETIS)

  • Collection of more than 300 Australian literary and historical texts. This page includes a listing in alphabetical order by author's name, as well as keyword search and browse by category pages.

The Digital Collections (National Library of Australia)

  • Pictorial material, maps, printed music, manuscripts, and selected books and serials from the National Library of Australia

Australian Periodical Publications

  • a digital library of Australian journals that began publication between 1840-1845.



New Zealand Electronic Text Center

  • Free online archive of New Zealand and Pacific Islands texts and heritage materials, offering an ever expanding, fully searchable, set of images and full-text books, manuscripts and journals
    • Subject:Literature: Large collection of literature produced by New Zealand authors

Timeframes: New Zealand and the Pacific through images

  • contains selected images of the Alexander Turnbull Library

New Zealand Cartoon Gallery

  • Showcases the latest work of New Zealand's leading cartoonists

New Zealand Art Gallery

  • Major holdings of New Zealand and European art works. Access 12,000 works through the Gallery’s on-line catalogue.

Papers Past

  • Papers Past contains more than one million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1932 and includes 58 publications from all regions of New Zealand.

Exploration and Discovery


South Seas: Voyaging and Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Pacific (1760-1800)

  • Comprehensive resouorce on the voyages of James Cook, including primary and secondary material, including a South Sea Companion.

Journals of Inland Exploration (SETIS)

  • major encounters with the new geography

First Fleet and Early Settlement (SETIS)

  • Manuscripts and published journals of the First Fleet

EBook@Adelaide: Travel writing on Australasia



"Film in Australia" (Culture Portal)

  • Introduction to the history of Australian film and a directory of related links.

Australian Screen (National Film and Sound Archive)

  • Australian Screen provides information about and excerpts from a wide selection of Australian feature films, documentaries, television programs, newsreels, short films, animations, and home-movies produced over the last 100 years.
  • It also includes teachers’ notes that identify and describe the educational values of many of the film clips.

New Zealand

NZ on Screen

  • Free access to hundreds of films, documentaries, tv-classics, music videos and new media produced in NZ, along with background information. 



The National Library of Australia

  • Sites on Australian history, sites collecting historical documents, links to archives, registers, museums and libraries.

 National Archives of Australia

  • 110 key documents of Australian history.


Oxford Companion to Australian History

  •  Edited by Graeme Davison, John Hirst and Stuart Macintyre. With the assistance of Helen Doyle and Kim Torney. Rev. Ed. Oxford: OUP, 2001 VPN-client necessary

Oxford Companion to Australian Military History

  • Edited by Peter Dennis, Jeffrey Grey, Ewan Morris, Robin Prior and Jean Bou. 2nd Ed. Oxford: OUP 2008. VPN-client necessary

 Australian War Memorial

  • Gateway to information on the military history of Australia. Includes a Biographical Database,links to research projects and a Journal.



New Zealand History Online

  • Website is edited by the History Group of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.


Companion to Tasmanian History

  • The Companion was produced by the Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies, in the School of History and Classics at the University of Tasmania. Edited by Alison Alexander.

Indigenous Australians


Australian Aboriginal Studies (Academic Info)

  • Directory of Online Resources

Australian Museum

  • Introductory information on the life and history of indigenous people in Australia. 

Australian Stories - Index

  • The Culture Portal of the Autralian government contains many sections on indigenous history, culture and society.

PANDORA, Australia's Web Archive

  • many categorized links on the subject of indigenous Australia.


ABC Online Indigenous

  • Excellent portal for information on Aboriginal history, culture and society.
  • Access to many Education Resources


Aboriginal Art Directory

  • comprehensive online resource which includes listings for over 6000 artists and 900 galleries and organizations across 12 countries. It connects the art community with buyers and sellers of Aboriginal art.

Aboriginal Art Online

  • Commercial online gallery, yet also containing much background information on aboriginal Australian art.


  • Yothu Yindi: internationally renowned band from the Yolngu (Aboriginal) homelands on the north-east coast of Australia's Northern Territory.


Mura Gadi

  • National Library of Australia's collection of manuscripts, pictures and oral histories.

STORYTELLING (Audiovisual Resources)

  • 12 Canoesby the Yolgnu people from Raminginging in Central Arnhem Land
  • Dust Echoes dreamtime stories from Central Arnhem Land.


First Australians(SBS) Documentary Series



Aboriginal Languages of Australia

  • Annotated resources on 80 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

The Federation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages

  • FATSIL is the national peak body for community based indigenous language programs in Australia.Online access to Voice of the Land Magazine


Aussie English for the Beginner (National Museum)

  • Flash-Animated brief introduction to Australian English, designed for schoolchildren.

Australian National Dictionary

  • Free online version of the OUP's Australian version of the Oxford English Dictionary


The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

  •  Compiled at the New Zealand Dictionary Centre in Wellington, it reflects research into New Zealand words and their use, including new words, and new uses of older words that have evolved in New Zealand. vpn-client necessary


Maori Dictionary

  • Online version of Te Aka Maori-English, English-Maori Dictionary and Index

Te Tazra Whiri i te Reo Maori

  • Website of the Maori Language Commission: Background information on the Maori language, downloadable publications and many links to related resources and projects.

Literature and Criticism


  • Collection of biographies, reviews, interviews, criticism on writers of the Pan-Pacific Area

"Australian Language, Letters and Literature" (Culture Portal)

  • Brief overview of the history of Australian literature and a useful directory of related websites.

Teaching Australian Literature Resource

  • The TAL Resource compiles data about Australian literature teaching organised by institution, course, unit, and texts studied. This data is available through a searchable web interface so that users can quickly find information about where and in what context Australian literary texts are taught and the types of assessment undertaken, providing links to relevant university websites in schools and departments at universities around the country.

Dale, Leigh, Linda Hale, eds. "AusLit Anthology of Criticism"AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource

  • The articles collected here have been selected with non-specialist readers in mind and aim to provide insights and valuable understandings into the works of important Australian writers.

Turcotte, G."Australian Gothic."(1998) Faculty of Arts - Papers. University of Wollongong.

  • late draft of a bookchapter orig pub in  Mulvey Roberts, M (ed). The Handbook to Gothic Literature. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1998. 10-19 

New Zealand Electronic Text Center

Holland, Garry. "Australian and New Zealand Literatures"(1995). GLBTQ, 2002

  • Survey of gay and lesbian literature from Australia and New Zealand

Reference Books on Pan-Pacific Literature: IB and UB Holdings



Maori Studies Database (U of Auckland)

  • Bibliographies, full text databases, dictionaries and audiovisual material related to Maori history, culture and society.



Jupp, James.From White Australia to Woomera: The Story of Australian Immigration. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002. E-Book on NetLibrary (vpn -client necessary)



Newspapers, television channels and radio stations from the Pacific area are collected here.

Oceanic / Pacific Art


Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: Oceania/Pacific

  • Thematic essays on indigenous art from Oceania and the Pacific

Social Sciences


McAllister, Ian.; Dowrick, Steve.; Hassan, Riaz.The Cambridge Handbook of the Social Sciences in Australia. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

E-Book on NetLibrary (vpn -client necessary)