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Find Images: Australian and Pacific

These are image resources selected for their focus on the art and visual culture of Australia and the Pacific. Feel free to contact us with other suggestions

Images posted on the Internet are protected by copyright laws — read the terms of use for any website before downloading images, even for educational purposes.

Be sure to also check the VRC’s selection of Online Museum Collections.

  • Oceania
    Online collection is maintained by Voice of the Shuttle, University of California, Santa Barbara.


  • Artstor (access limited to the CU community)
    Artstor  is a digital library of over one million “images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.” The VRC provides training and support in this valuable resource.
  • National Archives of Australia
    “The National Archives collection mainly documents Australian Government activities since Federation in 1901. Most of our records are files of documents, but our collection includes posters, plans, films, sound recordings, videotapes, digital records and many photographs.”
  • National Library of New Zealand
    “The National Library’s key outcome is: New Zealanders connected with information important to all aspects of their lives.” The extensive online collection includes the following subject areas: children’s literature, family history, music, M?ori, NZ and the Pacific, school curriculum, and library science.
  • National Museum Australia
    “At the core of the Museum and its exhibitions is the National Historical Collection – more than 200,000 objects representing Australia’s history and cultural heritage. This online database provides access to a subset of the collection. New collection records are being added continuously and the information improved.”
  • Trove
    From the National Library of Australia. “Find and get over 302,328,976 Australian and online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.”

You might also wish to search for relevant content on the following VRC pages: