Reading AustLit
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    Click here for a collection of fascinating trails through 19 intriguing Australian works compiled for the Copyright Agency funded project Reading Australia.

  • Reading AustLit Full Text Collections

  • There are thousands of full text works available through AustLit including:





  • The AustLit Full Text Collection comprises the following collections. They can be identified by the AustLit Full Text Austlitfulltext symbol appearing on the work records. Texts are fully searchable, and can be downloaded for research purposes.

    AustLit full texts can be viewed on the AustLit site, or downloaded as either PDF, plain text, or ePub format. An ePub reader is needed to read ePub format.

  • Australian fiction and poetry

    More than 200 works of Australian fiction and poetry have been digitised with the support of the University of Sydney's Scholarly Electronic Text and Image Service (SETIS) program program. These works range from the early nineteenth century to the 1930s. Texts were selected on the basis of academic and teaching staff surveys and advice. More works will be added to this collection as they become available.

    See the full collection of full text Australian fiction and poetry.

  • Children's Literature

    This collection in AustLit contains a selection of primary and secondary resources that have been digitised by AustLit, through cooperation with various Australian libraries, as part of the Children's Literature Digital Resources (CLDR) project, led by Queensland University of Technology.

    See the full list of texts in the CLDR project.

  • The AustLit Anthology of Criticism

    The AustLit Anthology of Criticism provides biographical information and authoritative articles by leading scholars on major Australian writers and their works.

  • Other Criticism

    AustLit has digitised a number of important critical articles, reviews and surveys by Australian literature scholars relating to significant Australian authors, their works and other general literary subjects. As a special project of AustLit during 2002/2003, many of these were digitised by the University of Sydney's SETIS program. Over time, more texts will be added to this collection to provide increasingly richer search results.

    See the full list of critical articles.

  • Early Science Fiction

    A collection of early Australian science fiction texts. Ranging from an Account of an Expedition to the Interior of New Holland (1837), a politico-philosophical romance set in an ideal society, to A Voice from Australia Or, an Inquiry into the Probability of New Holland Being Connected with the Prophecies Relating to New Jerusalem and the Spiritual Temple (1851), this collection comprises some 300 items, including a wide range of early 20th century novels.