A race for possession, New South Wales, Australia, 1920 (catalogue reference: CO 1069/611)

25 January 2013

The National Archives has released online thousands of early photographs and drawings of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and other Pacific Islands.

Just in time for Australia Day on 26 January, you can now view images of Australian towns, buildings, landmarks and people dating back as far as the mid 19th century.

The photographs have been uploaded to the photo-sharing website Flickr so that you can tag and contribute comments and suggestions to help improve the descriptions.

The images are taken from the Colonial Office's photographic collection (CO 1069) and highlights include:

Find out more about the project and images on our blog.

You can also look back at our earlier 'through a lens' projects, including Asia, the Americas and Africa, which have attracted hundreds of thousands of online visitors and resulted in thousands of additional user-generated descriptions.

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