Australian literature

Collection overview

Our comprehensive collection contains published fiction and poetry from key Australian writers, as well as books on Australiana, Australian literary criticism and biography. It also includes a large selection of unpublished papers from award-winning Australian writers such as Peter Carey, Thea Astley, Oodgeroo Noonuccal and David Malouf. These unpublished collections contain manuscript and typescript drafts, correspondence with editors and publishers, photographs and diaries.

The University of Queensland Press Records collection forms a corporate history of the press and its publications. It comprises over 600 boxes containing production files (including typescripts, editorial drafts, galley proofs), correspondence and minutes of publishing meetings.


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Blog highlights


Judith Wright: Celebrating a centenary. Judith Wright's legacy continues in her literature, poetry, environmental & Aboriginal advocacy work.


Celebrating 50 years of the ALS. An excerpt from Craig Munro's ALS 50th Anniversary speech, presented at the event.


Bruce Dawe papers. Dawe's biographer, Stephany Steggall, explores Fryer Library's Bruce Dawe papers.


Location & access

This collection is located at the Fryer Library. To view Fryer Library material, use the online form and plan your visit. Items in the Fryer Library may not be borrowed but are available for use in the Reading Room.