Australia in Focus: Photographs in the National Archives - Book front cover
This guide is number 19 in the series of Research Guides published by the National Archives.
The National Archives of Australia has over one million photographs in its collection spanning more than a century. Some images were taken by private individuals for their own amusement or profit, while others were taken by government-employed photographers whose role was to record various aspects of Australian life and industry. These images, at times poignant, humorous and sometimes tragic, focus on Australia and its inhabitants during good times and bad.
This guide is an essential reference for anyone wanting to access and use our rich photographic collection.
Peter Nagle worked for the National Archives for more than 20 years. As well as this guide, he has written two other research guides for the National Archives (Papua New Guinea Records 1883-1942: Microfilm Collections and, with Richard Summerrell, Aboriginal Deaths in Custody: The Royal Commission and Its Records, 1987-91). A history graduate from Macquarie University, Peter's other interests include house building and anime.
Guides include the material known to be relevant to their subject area but they are not necessarily a complete or definitive guide to all relevant material in the collection.
The National Archives reviews its collection to confirm the value of records for research, evidential and other purposes or to identify, in consultation with agencies, records for destruction. At the time of publication all the records described in this guide were present in the Archives collection. However, it is possible that some of the records may be destroyed if they are reviewed and considered not to be of enduring value. If this occurs, the guide will be revised accordingly.
© Commonwealth of Australia 2003
ISBN 0 642 34495 7
This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968 no part may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the National Archives of Australia. Requests and inquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be directed to the Publications Manager, National Archives of Australia, PO Box 7425, Canberra Business Centre ACT 2610, Australia.
Editor: Hélène Attrill
Research assistance: Denis Connor, Jenni Davidson, Diane Lane and Russell Pym
Cover design: Jodie Randall
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this guide may include images of Indigenous Australians who may be deceased.
Cover image: Grazier Nigel Ross on horseback at Kanimbula sheep station with wife Polly Potter in her small plane, at Holbrook in NSW, 1946. NAA: A1200, L8000