Our trails and exhibitions are curated collections of AustLit content and other relevant material that provide insights into a specific field or area of studies. They are designed for teachers and others interested in Australian literature and storytelling.
Subject specific resources are set out in the tiles below: click a tile for more information and direct links to the content.
BlackWords, Australia's dataset for works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers, also includes a rich set of information trails and exhibitions.
Explore the trails at your leisure here.
Or you can navigate directly to a specific trail through the links below.
The section also includes a number of trails specific to the people of particular regions, which you can explore directly via the links below:
In 2015, BlackWords made available a series of essays written by Anita Heiss. Each is accompanied by a trail, available here:
The Children's Literature Digital Resource includes a rich collection of full-text early Australian children's literature. You can explore the entire research project here.
Or you can navigate directly to the exhibitions via the links below:
Here we have an expanding collection of resources relating to Australian drama and theatre.
A range of new theatre resources are coming in 2017... watch this space!
Copyright Agency has partnered with AustLit and a number of other organisations such as the AATE and ASAL to create Reading Australia to support the teaching of Australian literary texts.
This exhibition collects together information on early Australian films (from 1906 to 1944) available to watch via the Internet Archive. The exhibition's content includes the films themselves, AustLit records, and information gathered from Trove, and covers the following films:
- The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906)
- The Sentimental Bloke (1919)
- Robbery Under Arms (1920)
- Silks and Saddles (1921)
- The Kid Stakes (1927)
- His Royal Highness (1932)
- In the Wake of the Bounty (1933)
- Uncivilised (1936)
- The Rats of Toobruk (1944)
This exhibition is a largely pictorial exploration of the material that Australian newspapers used to advertise home-grown films: from publicity stills to pictorial advertisements to portraits of leading ladies.
The Writer in Australian Television History was a project that aimed to create detailed records for around 300 scripts from seminal Australian television and radio programs. The enhanced records are accompanied by exhibitions on (currently) Homicide and Division 4.
A broad-reaching exhibition that aims to give an overview of the way in which Australian writers have adapted materials for the screen and from the screen. Includes sections on Australians working in the US and the UK, silent films, adaptations of Australian material in other countries, television and adaptation, and frequently adapted works.
These exhibitions seek to explore different aspects of how the Great War was experienced by various facets of Australian culture from 1914 to the present day.
You can explore the exhibitions in their entirety on the World War I in Australian Literary Culture research page, available here.
Or you can navigate directly to a specific exhibition through the links below:
The Asylum Seeker Narratives research project has two main aims:
As part of meeting these aims, the project includes a number of information trails. You can access the project in its entirety here or navigate directly to one of the trails from the links below.
Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing (AACLAP) is a research project that explores the intersection of Asian and Australia: it investigates and records details of Australian children’s literature either set in Asia, works that contain Asian-Australian content or characters, works that represent Asian-Australian cultures and experiences, as well as hundreds of Australian works that have been translated into at least one Asian language.
The full collection of AACLAP Research and Learning Trails is available here.
Individual exhibitions are available directly via the links below.
Edited by Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley, A Companion to the Australian Media contains entries on many aspects of the media in Australia. It provides detailed histories of television, radio, and print companies and associated individuals and organisations. An incredible resource for students studying media history.
The Companion is available in full text through AustLit.
Explore AustLit's full-text collection of speculative fiction works, from Account of an Expedition to the Interior of New Holland (1837) to Blackmarket Brains (1949).
This exhibition is divided into carefully curated reading lists on
- racial or ethnic diversity
- physical, neurological, and sensate diversity
- sexual or gender diversity
- religious deiversity
The core reading lists are accompanied by a rich list of further reading.
Steampunk in Australia
Coming soon! A critical history of steampunk in Australian writing.
While not all the records on AustLit contain access to full text, many thousands do. In addition, AustLit publishes its own full-text critical works, and digitises otherwise unavailable works.
For guidance on how to identify and specifically search for full-text work on AustLit, go to the Identifying Full Text tab on the left-hand side of this page.
To see the AustLit Anthology of Criticism (full-text critical articles on eighteen key Australian authors), see the Anthology of Criticism tab on the left-hand side of this page, or go directly to the Anthology of Criticism page.
The following pre-set searches are set up to provide direct access to select full-text resources on AustLit. Follow the links below for a list of full-text resources on the following topics and authors:
Rolf De Heer:
Lesson plans can be accessed from the 'Lesson Plans' tab on the left-hand side of this page. AustLit has currently published, or is in the process of publishing, lesson plans on
Forthcoming lesson plans include guidance on using AustLit in the classroom to teach database research.
Among AustLit's records are collections of interviews with Australian authors who write in a variety of forms and genres.
The following links are to collections of interviews available in full text.
In late 2013, Dr Anita Heiss sent a series of questions to nineteen contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers. To complete the series, Anita Heiss herself was then interviewed by AustLit. Read the complete BlackWords interviews here.
SF Snapshot Series
In 2005, Australian author Ben Peek began what became the ongoing Australian Speculative Fiction Snapshot series, a collection of short interviews with Australian speculative-fiction authors, editors, artists, and fans. The series had subsequently been run five more times, sometimes with the same interviewees but always adding new people. The result is a fascinating overview of more than ten years in Australian genre writing. Access the full series from this AustLit record.