Australian Schools Textbook Collection

The Australian Schools Textbook Collection comprises textbooks used in Australian primary and secondary schools wherever published. Also included is school curricula, student workbooks, exam / test papers, and related material such as teacher's classroom manuals. A particular strength of the collection is the large number of nineteenth century Australian publications held. The collection is complemented by the Children's Literature Research Collections.

The Australian Schools Textbook Collection has been formed over the past twenty years. It is the largest of its type in Australia, comprising over 20,000 titles, and is considered to be of national significance.

Identifying and locating material in the catalogue

Items in the Australian Schools Textbook Collection are held in the Special collection, Geelong Waterfront Campus. Items are listed in the Library Catalogue and may be consulted during opening hours. All items may be used in the reading room, Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library, Sally Walker Building, Geelong Waterfront Campus. Material from the collection has the prefixes:


Research Projects

The Australian Schools Textbook Collection provides excellent research resources for:

  • History of curricula
  • History of education in Australia
  • Socialisation process
  • Growth of nationalism
  • Perceptions of gender, class and race
  • Perceptions of cultural and social history