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The Australian Encyclopaedia, 6th ed.
8 vol. (1996). 3328 pages.
A comprehensive A-Z reference on every facet of Australia and the Australians. Black and white and color illustrations, drawings and photographs throughout. Volume 8 includes an Appendix and an Index.

Australians: A Historical Library
Sydney, Fairfax, Syme & Weldon Associates, (1987-89). 11 volumes, details as follows:
-- Coupe, Sheena et al (eds.): AUSTRALIANS. THE GUIDE AND INDEX.
-- Mulvaney, D.J. and White, J. Peter (eds.): AUSTRALIANS TO 1788.
-- Atkinson, Alan and Aveling, Marion (eds.): AUSTRALIANS 1838.
-- Davison, Graeme et al (eds.): AUSTRALIANS 1888.
-- Gammage, Bill and Spearritt, Peter (eds.): AUSTRALIANS 1938.
-- Curthoys, Ann et al (eds.): AUSTRALIANS FROM 1939.
-- Aplin, Graeme et al (eds.): AUSTRALIANS. EVENTS AND PLACES.
-- Aplin, Graeme at al (eds.): AUSTRALIANS. A HISTORICAL DICTIONARY.
-- Borchardt, D.H. (ed.): AUSTRALIANS. A GUIDE TO SOURCES.
-- Stell, Marion K. and Thompson, Ruth: AUSTRALIANS 1988.
Each volume is profusely illustrated.

Australia, 2nd ed.
I. Kepars (comp.),
Oxford, Clio Press, 1994. (World Bibliographical Series.)
289 pages. Annotated bibliography with over 1,000 entries.

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Australia
Susan Bambrick (ed.)
C.U.P., 1994. 384pp.
Many photographs (colour and black-and-white), black-and-white illustrations, and some maps.

"The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Australia is the most comprehensive single-volume reference on Australia yet to appear. It not only looks at life in today's Australia, but also provides a host of insights into contemporary culture, the Aboriginal heritage, the natural world, and the continent's colourful past "

"The essential single-volume reference source on all aspects of Australia. With contributions from over ninety experts, it provides comprehensive coverage of life in today's Australia alongside a host of insights into contemporary culture, the Aboriginal heritage, the natural world, and the continent's colourful past. Eight major sections examine all the key aspects of the continent, past and present: the physical continent, the Aboriginal heritage, history since European contact, government, economy, society, science and technology, and culture and the arts."


The Australian People: An Encyclopedia of the Nation, Its People, and Their Origins
James Jupp (ed.)
2001. 960pp

"Australia is one of the most ethnically diverse societies in the world today. From its ancient indigenous origins to British colonisation followed by waves of European then international migration in the twentieth century, the island continent is home to people from all over the globe. Each new wave of settlers has had a profound impact on Australian society and culture. The Australian People documents the dramatic history of Australian settlement and describes the rich ethnic and cultural inheritance of the nation through the contributions of its people. It is one of the largest reference works of its kind, with approximately 250 expert contributors and almost one million words. Illustrated in colour and black and white, the book is both a comprehensive encyclopedia and a survey of the controversial debates about citizenship and multiculturalism now that Australia has attained the centenary of its federation."

Table of Contents
-- List of figures, maps and tables.
-- List of contributors.
-- Introduction.
-- Part I. The Peopling of Australia:
-- 1. The indigenous people.
-- 2. The convict period
-- 3. Imperial settlement.
-- 4. Immigration since the Second World War.
-- Part II. Indigenous Australians:
-- 5. Society and culture
-- 6. Politics and the law.
-- 7. The indigenous and Australian society.
-- Part III. The Settlers:
-- 8. Ethnic entries, from A to Z.
-- Part IV. Building a Nation:
-- 9. Assimilation and integration.
-- 10. The term 'Australian'.
-- 11. Australian nationhood.
-- 12. Citizenship in Australia.
-- 13. Concept of 'the Australian'.
-- 14. Cultural diversity
-- 15. Economics of immigration.
-- 16. Human rights in Australia.
-- 17. Public policy towards immigrants.
-- 18. Language policy in Australia.
-- 19. The legal status of immigrants and refugees.
-- 20. The making of the Anglo-Australian.
-- 21. The mass media, immigration and indigenous issues.
-- 22. Multicultural arts.
-- 23. Multiculturalism in Australia.
-- 24. Multicultural literature.
-- 25. The origins of multiculturalism.
-- 26. National identity.
-- 27. Productive diversity.
-- 28. Public opinion on immigration.
-- 29. Racial discrimination.
-- 30. Refugees.
-- 31. Political representation.
-- 32. Reconciliation.
-- 33. Republicanism.
-- 34. Settlement policies since 1946.
-- 35. Social provision.
-- Appendix 1. Overseas birthplaces of Australians (1996 census data).
-- Appendix 2. Languages spoken by Australians at home (1996 census data).
-- Appendix 3. Religious affiliations of Australian (1996 census data).
-- Chronology.
-- Bibliography.
-- Index."


The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature, 2nd edition
William H. Wilde, Joy Hooton, and Barry Andrews.
O.U.P., 1994.

"Unique in its field, exhaustive in scope, the Oxford Companion to Australian Literature offers a comprehensive account of Australian writing from European settlement in 1788 to the 1990s. It presents the most important achievements in the fields of fiction, poetry, and drama, and also covers non-fictional prose in journals, diaries, biographies, and autobiographies, and the impact of key historical events on Australian literature. Fully revised and updated, the second edition contains 500 new entries, bringing the total to 3050, reflects the greater influence and volume of women's and multicultural writing, and includes major new articles on crime fiction and the immigrant experience. Written in clear and accessible language, this major reference belongs on the shelf of every library and every lover of world literature."

Australian Painting, 1788–1990, 3rd ed.
Bernard Smith, Terry Smith, and Christopher Heathcote.
Oxford University Press, 1991.

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